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During the winter it can be more challenging to get enough vitamins and minerals in our diets. There aren’t as many fresh fruits and vegetables in season, and it’s a time of year that we tend to eat more starchy foods like potatoes and squashes. Incorporating more green smoothies into your diet, with fresh or frozen greens, can be a great way to make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.
These vitamins and minerals from green veggies are all the more important during this time of year because of our increased potential for illnesses like the common cold or the flu. Studies show that green vegetables enhance immunity thanks to their high levels of vitamin C, folate and antioxidants. Dark leafy greens have the added benefit of aiding in weight loss. They are an excellent source of fiber and have close to no calories, so they’ll help fill you up at meals and snacks if you make smoothies instead of juicing (juicing removes all the fiber).
Let’s have a look at 10 tasty, healthy green smoothie recipes for immunity and weight loss!
1) Green Monster Smoothie by SingForYourSupper.com
This green smoothie tastes so good, you won’t notice the spinach in it! Includes fruits like banana, strawberry, blueberry, and peach as well as soy milk, Greek yogurt and honey. Of course you can substitute the soy milk for any other type of milk, and leave out the yogurt if you’re not doing dairy. Yum!
2) Green Monster Smoothie by NaturallyElla.com
This alternative take on the monster smoothie includes almond milk, spinach, ground flaxseed and banana. This combination of ingredients makes this smoothie a great, green protein snack for before or after a workout as well!
3) Limeade Green Smoothie by BakeYourDay.Net
This smoothie’s got a bit of a spicy, tangy kick to it! It contains spinach, green apple, English cucumber, a banana, lime, ginger and a bit of non-fat Greek yogurt. If you’re dairy-free you could substitute the Greek yogurt with soy yogurt, coconut milk or almond milk. This is a perfect morning pick-me-up!
4) Yogi Green Smoothie Drink by TheSkinnyConfidential.com
Instead of just spinach, this smoothie is made of kale, bok choy, pineapple juice and banana. Sweet and nutritious – what could be better!
5) Best Green Smoothie Recipe by IHeartNapTime.Net
This tasty smoothie is dairy free and uses apple juice, banana, oranges, pineapple, carrots and spinach to create a sweet, healthy super immune boosting, vitamin C packed treat! Between the spinach, oranges and pineapple your flu will make a run for the hills!
6) Raspberry Banana Green DEElish Smoothie by AlmostRawVegan.com
This smoothie is chock full of superfoods! It contains banana, raspberries, dates, chia seeds, raw almonds and spinach. She includes E3Live (an algae supplement) in the smoothie, but you could leave it out if you wish.
7) Lacinato Kale Green Smoothie with Mango and Orange by WishfulChef.com
Nothing but kale, orange and mango chunks, this smoothie is super healthy and pleasantly sweet. She has several other green smoothie recipes including other fruits like Blueberry Celery Smoothie with Coconut Water and White Peach, Orange and Romaine Lettuce Smoothie. Worth a look!
8 ) Sweet Citrus Avocado Dreamboat Green Smoothie by Healthy Happy Life
This smoothie is creamy and dreamy! She uses Satsuma oranges (easy to find this time of year), a cup of kale or spinach, parsley, ½ an avocado, ½ an apple, coconut water and lemon juice. This is a sweet, healthy, super immune booster!
9) Peach Blueberry Bok Choy Smoothie by IncredibleSmoothies.com
Loaded with antioxidants, this smoothie includes blueberries, peaches, beets, baby bok choy, banana and a carrot. Get more than half of your daily servings of veggies and fruit in one shot with this smoothie!
10) Green Smoothie with Basil and Mango by GreenLemonade.com
This is a meal in a glass! Made with almond milk, cashews, frozen mango, Swiss chard and basil it has a distinctly east Asian flavor. Perfect for mid-afternoon or post-workout snack!
At Athlean-XX for Women, we’re all about healthy nutrition because it helps us lose weight and have energy for our tough workouts! Our nutrition plan recommends combining proteins and slow-burning carbohydrates at every meal and snack to help keep you feeling full. In fact, the Athlean-XX for Women nutrition plan is anything but a diet – we actually recommend you eat more – 5 – 6 times per day! This type of diet will help turn your metabolism into a fat burning machine – when combined with our killer 30 minute workouts. Yes, with Athlean-XX for Women, eat more, exercise shorter but harder and weigh less! Join us on Team Athlean to start your lifestyle makeover now!
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