I wish I had enough room in my refrigerator to dedicate an entire shelf to Greek yogurt. Not only does it taste amazing on its own but it adds such a creamy smoothness to any smoothie recipe. We’ve all had that smoothie that was gritty and almost rough on the tongue. This won’t happen when you drink a smoothie with Greek yogurt in it, I pinky swear.
To make this smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Greek yogurt is full of probiotics. You’ve probably heard of these magical microorganisms. They keep your digestive tract happy, which means your whole body is happy. Greek yogurt can also help your body balance out a high sodium intake, which is unfortunately normal in most of our diets. This is due to the potassium it contains.
Have you heard of iodine? Greek yogurt has plenty of it and it helps to make sure that your thyroid is functioning properly. If you aren’t getting enough iodine in your diet, you can have rapid weight gain, hair loss and higher levels of anxiety. Additionally, Greek yogurt contains calcium, which is important for strong bones and helping your body to store and burn fat the right way.
Frozen Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries
Your taste buds will be overwhelmed with all of the berry flavor that’s about to come their way. A smoothie with this many berries just has to be delicious. It’s also unbelievably healthy.
Blackberries are a very nutrient-dense fruit and are full of vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. They are also a great source of amino acids. Blueberries can reduce damage done to your DNA, which can keep you looking younger for longer and can even protect against cancer.
Raspberries are one of my favorite berries, in terms of taste. They can help you lose weight, strengthen your immune system and protect against infections.
Strawberries are full of fiber and antioxidants and a surprising amount of vitamin C. A single serving of strawberries, which is usually about 8 medium sized berries, provides more vitamin C than an orange!
Coconut water is naturally fat and cholesterol free. It is also extremely low in calories and packs more potassium than several bananas. Coconut water is taken directly from the inside of a coconut and should not be confused with coconut milk. It keeps you hydrated without added sugars or sodium.
There are countless health claims when it comes to coconut water and while there is limited scientific research to back some of these claims up, I’ve never found a reason to not use it in my smoothies. It helps to improve the consistency of my smoothies without adding anything I don’t want. It is a little bit on the pricier side so this might not be a smoothie that you have everyday, but it’s great for special occasions or when you catch a great deal.
This smoothie just isn’t the same without a banana. It really helps provide a thicker consistency and adds a bit more of a tropical flavor that blends perfectly with the coconut water. Bananas are known to help the brain release more happy feeling hormones and because they are high in potassium and low in salt, they are able to lower blood pressure and even protect against strokes and heart attacks.
Chia seeds are often called one of the healthiest foods on the planet and for good reason. This tiny power food is full of fiber and protein and provides your body with plenty of nutrients, like calcium. Chia seeds do have a high carbohydrate content but the good news is that most of these carbs are fiber, which is great for keeping your stomach and digestive tract happy and healthy. Chia seeds may also help you lose weight because they expand in your stomach. They keep you feeling full for longer periods of time and digest slowly, providing you with energy for a good portion of your day.
Think your smoothie can have an effect on your hair? If it has flax seeds in it, it definitely can. Flax seeds are full of healthy fats that improve the look and feel of your skin and add shine and strength to your hair. They are also gluten-free so you can still add them to your smoothie even if you have Celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten. And like so many other smoothie ingredients, flax seeds are high in antioxidants which can protect your body from a huge list of conditions.
Blueberries, coconut water, kiwifruit, cucumber, lemon and pear smoothie
Cantaloupe, kale, carrot juice, pumpkin puree, sweet potato, mango and spinach smoothie
Cucumber, pineapple, red apple, almond milk, kale, pumpkin seeds, mint and orange smoothie