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Healthy Drinks With Superfood Ingredients

By Lori Newman, Lifescript Staff Writer

Published January 14, 2014

Many health-oriented chefs are including delicious Top 10 Smoothie Recipes in their new cookbooks. These beverages, made with superfood ingredients such as berries and kale, are a great way to add more nutrients to your diet. Read on for our Top 10 Smoothie Recipes and our favorite green drinks to enjoy in 2020!

Did you get a new blender for the holidays? If not, you might want to splurge on one.

Homemade cold smoothies are hotter than ever and for good reason. Adding more fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to your daily diet can boost your health and help you lose weight, says nutrition expert Lauri Boone, R.D., author of Powerful Plant-Based Super Foods (Fair Winds Press, 2013).

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that we need for optimal health, Boone explains. And most people aren’t eating enough each day.

In fact, 38% of Americans consume less than one serving of vegetables each day (measured as 1/2 cup of chopped veggies or 1 cup of raw leafy greens). And 23% eat less than one serving of fruit each day (measured as 1 medium whole fruit or 1/2 cup chopped), according to a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How much should you get? The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 5-13 servings of fruits and veggies daily, or to fill half your plate with produce at every meal.

If you don’t meet these goals, or if you’re looking to add even more nutrients to your diet, consuming healthy plants as a beverage can make it a lot easier. Enjoying even one healthful smoothie each day will make a difference to your health, Boone says.

Unlike juices, smoothies retain fiber from foods, so they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar. And they’re easy to make just add everything into a high-quality blender.

The best ingredients are whole, unprocessed and preferably organic food, Boone advises, because they’re free of chemical pesticides and weed-killers.

Your smoothie should have fresh veggies, including a handful of leafy greens, as well as fresh herbs such as parsley or mint, Boone says. Choose fresh or frozen fruits; mango, pineapple or low-glycemic berries such as blueberries or raspberries. You can also add protein powder for a quick meal substitute.

When you’re making a smoothie as a meal replacement, add some healthy fats such as avocado or coconut oil, or nuts and seeds, like chia, hemp, cashews and almonds, she advises.

For best results, add ice and some liquid such as water, almond milk or coconut milk, Boone adds.

Here are our Top 10 Smoothie Recipes from some of our favorite new cookbooks.

Mangosteen Cooler

From Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods (Fair Winds Press, 2013), by Lauri Boone, R.D.

This mildly sweet and creamy drink is rich in ingredients that will beautify the body – especially the skin. The antioxidants in mangosteen, collagen-building trace minerals like silica in cucumbers, inflammation-fighting power of ginger and pineapple, and medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are a great combination. – Lauri Boone

Makes two servings:
1 cup filtered water
¼ cup mangosteen juice (available in health-food stores)
2 medium-size cucumbers, sliced
1-½ cups frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Green Velvet Smoothie with Banana & Avocado

From Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy and Other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves (Sterling), by Nava Atlas.

Hemp seeds are one of the best, most concentrated sources of omega-3s – better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. They make a great addition to this creamy green smoothie. You can find hemp seeds and hemp milk at most natural foods markets. – Nava Atlas

Makes two 12-ounce servings
2 medium curly kale or collard leaves, torn
1 medium banana, peeled and cut into chunks
½ medium ripe avocado, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups vanilla non-dairy milk (try almond or hemp milk)
2 tablespoons hemp seeds, optional (but highly recommended)
Lemon juice to taste
Agave nectar (for sweetness) to taste

Combine the greens, banana, avocado, non-dairy milk and hemp seeds in a blender. Blend on high speed until completely smooth. Pour into a 12-ounce tumbler and add a little lemon juice and agave nectar to taste. Drink at once at room temperature or add an ice cube or two.

Kale Banana Smoothie

From Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort: How America’s Favorite Celebrity Chef Got It Together, Lost Weight and Reclaimed His Health (HarperOne, 2013), by Art Smith.

Kale is packed with nutrients and fiber. The banana, so sweet and creamy, gives this smoothie its body, while the apple juice makes it drinkable. – Art Smith

Makes one serving
1 cup chopped kale
1 frozen whole medium banana (about 2/3 cup pulp)
1 cup unfiltered apple juice
2-inch piece of cucumber
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

Place all ingredients in a blender with 2 ice cubes. Blend on high speed fo about 60 seconds or until smooth.

Grapefruit Pomegranate Strawberry Smoothie

From Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing and Nutrient-Dense Recipes (Sterling Epicure, 2013), by Julie Morris.

Grapefruit has a domineering flavor that likes to be the center of attention – one of the reasons it’s seldom used in smoothies, which is more of a team sport. Here, although it still takes the flavor spotlight, grapefruit works nicely with the other fruits, resulting in a full-bodied flavor. – Julie Morris

Makes two 14-ounce servings
2 cups frozen strawberries
1½ cups green tea ice (ice cubes made of strong green tea)
1 cup grapefruit, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1½ cups pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons maqui powder (made from a high-anti-oxidant berry; available at health food stores)
½ teaspoon ginger powder
Sweetener to taste (optional)

Blend all ingredients together until frosty. Taste, and sweeten as desired. 

Tip: For a superfood boost, Morris suggests adding 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds.

Mint Chip Smoothie

From Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing and Nutrient-Dense-Recipes (Sterling, 2013).

Tucked beneath a very convincing ice cream-like flavor, a wealth of beneficial spinach awaits you in this smoothie. It’s so good it almost makes a person wonder why spinach isn’t used in all minty treats. I love how the cacao nibs provide a bit of dark-chocolate crunch without being overpowering. – Julie Morris

Makes two 18-ounce servings
2 cups frozen spinach
2 cups frozen bananas
3 tablespoons cacao nibs (roasted cocoa bean pieces, available in health-food stores)
2 tablespoons (packed) fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rice milk
½ cup coconut water

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Taste and sweeten as desired. 
Tip: For a superfood boost, add ¼ teaspoon chlorella powder. (Chlorella is a type of freshwater green algae that’s rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.)

Pineapple Kale Smoothie

From My Kitchen Cure: How I Cooked My Way Out of Chronic Autoimmune Disease and Prevented Cancer With Whole Foods and Healing Recipes (LeeMee Inc., 2013), by Mee Tracy McCormick.

This vegan, dairy- and gluten-free smoothie includes kale, which has a slightly stronger taste than baby spinach. So if you’re not used to green smoothies, you might want to include strongly flavored fruit, such as strawberries or pineapples, to help mask the flavor. – Mee Tracy McCormick

Makes one serving
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1 medium apple, cored
2 cups kale, chopped
4-6 ounces filtered water

Blend the ingredients. Add a little ice if you want it extra cold. A pinch of apple juice will sweeten the smoothie, if you like. 

Acai Superfood Smoothie

From Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food (Rodale), by Christine Avanti.

This smoothie has a wonderful balance of natural sugars, monounsaturated fats and protein to keep you feeling full. I like acai for its delicious tart and slightly sweet flavor and its kick-butt antioxidant power. – Christine Avanti

Makes one serving
1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 cup light coconut milk
¼ cup acai berry juice (available in health-food stores and some supermarkets)
1 scoop (1 ounce) high-quality protein powder (such as Jay Robb’s egg white protein)
10 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. 

Tropical Green Smoothie

From Eat for Life: The Ultimate Weight-Loss Breakthrough (Basic HealthPublications), by Harvey Diamond.

Green smoothies are a favorite among those who eat “living foods” (natural, uncooked fruits and vegetables). Nutritious greens hide behind the sweetness of luscious fruits, giving you a huge early-morning health boost. The coconut oil in this smoothie adds richness to keep you full and nourished. – Harvey Diamond

Makes two servings
1 cup pure water
2 cups kale
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cup chopped mango
2 tablespoons cold-pressed coconut oil
2 frozen bananas

Blend everything but the frozen bananas until very smooth. Add the bananas and blend again until thick and frosty. 

Kale Apple Carrot Smoothie

From The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy (William Morrow, 2013), by Bob Arnot, M.D.

This recipe contains ground chia seeds, which were the cornerstone of the ancient Aztec diet. The superfood ingredient helps people lose weight by making them feel fuller longer and regulating blood sugar to avoid spikes and crashes. – Dr. Bob Arnot

Makes one serving
1-½ cups freshly pressed organic carrot juice
½ cup filtered water
1 cup firmly packed chopped, stemmed kale leaves
1 small apple, diced (peeled if apple is not organic, or if skin is waxed)
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons chia
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. 

Orange Sugar Snap & Pumkin Seed Smoothie

From The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy (William Morrow, 2013).

This smoothie is at its best in the winter, when citrus is at its peak. – Dr. Bob Arnot

Makes one serving
1 cup orange segments with juice, chilled
1 cup raw sugar snap peas, tips and strings removed
½ cup freshly pressed apple juice
1 cup filtered water
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons chia
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Dash of cayenne pepper

Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. 

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