The Only 3 Smoothie Recipes You Need to Look and Feel Amazing Forever

One for a pick-me-up, one for detox and one to give you gorgeous glowy skin. What else does a girl need?

Whether your resolution is to finally lose the weight — or get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses — you’ll need energy to achieve your goal and I’ve got a deliciously, smooth remedy to help! It’s called a smoothie and it’s great for everything from weight loss to skin-rejuvenation to energy boosting. It’s also a nutritious addition to a balanced diet.

We know you’ve all had (or even made) smoothies before. But you get more bang for your nutritional buck when you control the ingredients — let’s face it, some of the options you buy at the mall, airport, or other such places can contain a whopping 25-40 grams of sugar, while having little nutritional benefit at all. Yikes!

So dust-off your Vitamix, or any high-powered blender or bullet, and try these recipes to soothe your sniffles, detox your body, replace hi-fat meals, lose weight, get youthful skin, or all of the above. These are dairy-free, vegan recipes that double as gluten-free options. Each smoothie batch has 21 grams of protein (provided by Hemp protein concentrate).

Here are my go-to smoothies and the reasons they are such a big part of my family’s (and my patients’) diets:

Pick-Me-Up Green Smoothie

I love this one because the green veggies and fruits in this smoothie have natural anti-inflammatory antioxidants and chlorophyll, which reduce inflammation that can lead to joint and muscle pain (think arthritis) and that feeds destructive free radicals that lead to chronic heart diseases and more. The matcha green tea powder and fresh ginger also boost energy and metabolism. For an extra power-packing energy boost and anti-inflammatory alkaline boost, add 1 scoop of organic, whole-leaf wheat grass powder, which by the way, also boosts immunity.

Ingredients:

2 handfuls washed, fresh spinach
2 handfuls washed, fresh collards and/or kale
4-5 spears fresh pineapple
½ cucumber
1 peeled kiwi fruit
½ banana
1 small orange, peeled
1 small granny smith or fuji apple, quartered
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled (more if you like it spicier)
1 scoop hemp protein concentrate
1 scoop matcha green tea powder
1 scoop organic whole leaf, wheat grass powder
1 cup pure coconut water

Blend all ingredients to desired consistency and serve over ice cubes or, for an extra energy boost, over Wheat Grass ice cubes (found in frozen foods section of Whole Foods, Publix, or local grocery store)

Yield: four 6-ounce servings

Detox Formula Smoothie

This is my go-to Detox smoothie (and sometimes a juice when made without the protein concentrate). Beets are the super ingredient in this drink.

Rich in potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, and B-Vitamins, beets support healthy liver function. If you’ve ever had dare I say, 1 too many cocktails, or eaten poorly, this is a great smoothie to detox the liver. Beets are especially healthy for women — they are appreciated for replenishing the iron lost to menses and supply iron and B-vitamins for the growth of cells in those who are pregnant or who wish to conceive. What’s more? Beets contain boron, a mineral necessary to produce healthy human sex hormones. That’s code for “Get your Sexy back!”

Finally, the antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber found in the supporting fruits of this smoothie make it a slam-dunk for detoxing the body.

Ingredients:

3-4 medium beets
1 small orange
1 Granny Smith or McIntosh Apple
2 carrots
4 pineapple spears
1 handful blackberries
1 scoop of hemp protein concentrate
1 cup pure coconut water
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, cut into slices

Blend all ingredients and serve over ice.

Yield: four 6-ounce servings

Antioxidant Punch

This smoothie is an elixir for youthful, dewy skin that glows. It is a super-rich source of antioxidants, Vitamins A & C, beta-carotene, and heart-protecting soluble fiber.

4 pineapple spears
¼ cup blueberries, washed
5-6 medium strawberries, washed and tops removed
¼ cups raspberries, washed
2-4 carrots, washed
1 orange small, peeled
1 small Granny Smith or McIntosh Apple
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, cut into slices
1 scoop hemp protein concentrate
1 cup pure coconut water (substitute filtered or purified water and save 45 calories per 8-ounce serving)

Blend all ingredients and serve over ice.

Yield: four 6-ounce servings

Enjoy and be well!

 

For more healthy living tips and recipes visit Dr. Ro at www.everythingro.com Join her community on Twitter and FB

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