Smoothies: Why They’re Good for You and Numerous Recipes

Fresh made smoothies provide an excellent source of bio-available vitamins and minerals which partner with enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins activate enzymes. Without the vitamins they simply cannot work the way they’re intended. Enzymes are essential for absorbing, digesting and converting food. Enzymes produce energy at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in your body.

Your body can absorb more of the vitamins and minerals than if you ate the fruits and vegetables whole. Many of the nutrients are stuck in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients into a form your body can more easily use.

Not to mention they taste great and are refreshing and have their own benefits, and kids are more likely to drink these than to sit down and actually consume the amounts of fruits and/or vegetables they should.

Brain Power Smoothie:

6 – 8 ounces of organic apple juice, almond milk or rice milk

�¼ cup frozen organic blueberries or other frozen organic fruit

2 TBS of freshly ground organic flax seed

1 ripe banana

�¼ cup organic strawberries

Put in smoothie maker or blend and enjoy twice a day for awesome mental alertness and ability to think clearer.

Elvis Smoothie – great filling way to start the day

1 cup rice milk or almond milk

2 frozen bananas

2 TBS Natural Peanut Butter (crunchy or creamy -you decide)

And 8 ice cubes.

Put in smoothie maker or blender and blend til smooth. Drink immediately.

Berry Good for You

�½ cup organic apple juice

1 cup frozen blueberries (natural are best not the commercially frozen ones)

�½ cup raw cashews (unsalted)

6 -8 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender and blend til smooth and serve immediately. This is great for improving night vision as well as getting magnesium in your system via the cashews.

Tropical Mango Wake Up – this contains excellent sources of calcium and potassium

�¾ cup fresh orange juice or pineapple juice

1 inch of gingerroot (grate this 1 inch and then add)

1 ripe mango, peeled and cut from the pit (local grown mango’s or organic are the best to use)

1 banana

6-8 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and drink immediately.

Anti-Aging Smoothie – the antioxidants and the enzymes in the ingredients here make this wonderful source for vitamins C & E, as well as selenium, enzymes, beta carotene.

1 cup papaya, peeled and chunked

�½ cup frozen blueberries (not commercially frozen, get fresh and then freeze yourself)

�½ cup fresh orange juice

3 -6 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and enjoy!

Carb Power – this is great if you’re competing in an endurance sport.

�½ cup plain low fat yogurt

�½ fresh organic apple juice

1 cup frozen blueberries (not commercially frozen, get fresh and then freeze yourself)

1 cup fresh frozen peaches

�½ tsp pure almond extract

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and enjoy!

Young Again

�½ cup silken tofu

1 cup fresh pear (sliced)

�½ frozen banana (chunked )

�½ cup pineapple juice

�½ tsp grated organic lime peel

4-6 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and enjoy!

Slim In a Glass – great for Vitamin C, low in calories, helps lower cholesterol.

I mango, peeled and chunked

1 orange (juiced)

1 grapefruit (juiced)

6 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and enjoy!

Coconut Creamsicle – awesome source of calcium and delicious. Kids will love!

2 oranges, peeled and chunked

�½ cup coconut (grated-not the commercial grated coconut, but get real coconut meat and grate it)

2 tsp honey

1 cup almond, rice or even coconut milk

6 ice cubes

Put in smoothie maker or blender til smooth and enjoy!

Smoothie Delight

�· 1 cup of Nut Milk, Rice Milk, (or you may substitute with apple juice)

�· 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries

�· 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

�· 1/2 cup of grapes (green, red, purple-whatever YOU like)

�· 1 small-medium banana

For added benefit, 2 TBS. Flax seed oil

Take all ingredients and place in blender/smoothie maker.

Blend until smooth, pour into large glass and enjoy!
(note: if you don’t use frozen fresh fruit, add 2 or 3 ice cubes)

There are soooo many more ways to enjoy smoothies and millions of health benefiting smoothie recipes out there� experiment, play and ENJOY!

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