For the well intentioned and time constrained, smoothies offer a fun and swift means to maintaining on the health conscious path. With a small, compact blender, you can conveniently whip up a breakfast to go, or an easy and nutritious lunchtime beverage with no mess or fuss, quicker than you can place an order at a fast food drive-through.
The following recipes offer a few basic options for nutritious smoothies. It took me more time to select the fruit and vegetables than to prepare and blend them. Making a conscious effort at keeping a minimalist ingredients list will ensure against acidic combinations. As will maintaining a separation between fruit smoothies, and vegetable smoothies.
1. Banana Peanut Butter
Potassium, Protein and Vitamin B Boost:
2 small to medium size organic bananas
1 Tbsp. organic natural peanut butter
about 2 -3 oz. spring water
For peanut allergies substitute 1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
Add small amount of water so that the consistency is similar to the creamy, smooth texture of a milk shake.
A good start for the morning, providing essential electrolytes, regulating blood pressure and blood sugar.
2. Berry Powerhouse
Vitamin C and Antioxidants:
1/2 medium organic Fuji or Gala apple with skin
1/2 small lemon, (juice)
about 1 oz. spring water
Berries, and apples help to flush the body of stubborn bacteria. Lemons neutralize stomach acids. A nice mellow, refreshing beverage.
Vitamin C and Immune System Boost:
1 medium Roma tomato
1/2 medium cucumber, (peeled)
1 segment garlic
1 pinch stems, cilantro
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed
1 quarter size piece ginger root
1 slice red onion
All ingredients are equally represented in this balanced combination. Cool cucumber mellows tomato’s acids.