1. Cherry almond spinach smoothie
Spinach looks pretty in pink when blended with bananas and cherries. But there are so many reasons to make this drink beyond its fun bubblegum hue.
Cherries pack antioxidants and vitamin C and have properties that may even fend off Alzheimer’s disease.McCune LM, et al. (2011). Cherries and health: A review. DOI: 10.1080/10408390903001719
How’s that for a healthy start to your day?
2. Glowing skin smoothie
We’re skeptical that this will magically make your complexion rival a cover model’s, but with ingredients as healthy and delish as avocado, mango, pineapple, and spinach, it’s too good to ignore. And it never hurts to get some vitamin C, carotenoids, and healthy fats.
3. Citrus-flax green smoothie
Two tablespoons of flaxseeds in this bright green drink will give you omega-3s plus lignans for cardiovascular health.Rajaram S. (2014). Health benefits of plant-derived a-linoleic acid. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.113.071514 Blend it with clementines, bananas, spinach, and pineapple, and all you’ll taste is sweet satisfaction.
4. Lime and coconut green smoothie
Packed with the hydrating electrolytes of coconut water and the creaminess of coconut milk, this is like a virgin version of a lime in de coconut. Sip poolside for refreshment without a headache.
5. Swamp smoothie
This chocolate, strawberry, and banana smoothie has not one but two green veggies hiding in its creamy goodness. Broccoli — with its anti-inflammatory flavonol kaempferol — teams up with spinach.Devi KP, et al. (2015). Kaempferol and inflammation: From chemistry to medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.phrs.2015.05.002 While this may not be the prettiest smoothie, it’ll win you over with a single sip.
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6. Peach banana spinach smoothie
Peaches provide juicy sweetness to this smoothie without adding refined sugars, but what’s even sweeter is that whether you’re using canned, frozen, or fresh, peaches come with polyphenols that have been shown to fight cancer cells.Noratto G, et al. (2009). Identifying peach and plum polyphenols with chemopreventive potential against estrogen-independent breast cancer cells. DOI: 10.1021/jf900259m
With banana in the mix, too, the fruit easily overpowers the spinach — so feel free to throw in an extra-large handful of the greens!
7. Mango-cashew smoothie
Two big handfuls of spinach may make this smoothie look like green juice, but the unique trio of mango, banana, and cashews makes it taste like a milkshake.
With the filling fiber of the fruit plus the satisfying fats from the nuts, this breakfast is less likely to lead to the sugar crash you’d get from a super-sweet coffee drink and more likely to give you lasting energy.
8. Power smoothie
If oats for breakfast sound too boring, you might prefer pureeing them in this more creative smoothie. With whole grains for metabolic and anti-inflammatory benefitsBelobrajdic DP, et al. (2013). The potential role of phytochemicals in wholegrain cereals for the prevention of type-2 diabetes. DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-62 and blueberries boasting one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all berries, you’ve got a powerful combo!Huang W, et al. (2012). Survey of antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry in Nanjing. DOI: 10.1631/jzus.B1100137
9. Triple green protein smoothie
This pastel blend gets its three shades of green from vitamin C-rich honeydew, lutein- and zeaxanthin-boasting spinach (good for eye health), and kale, which is a surprising source of calcium. A few generous dollops of Greek yogurt add about 11 grams of protein.
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Pulsed into a frosty frenzy, it’s an exceptional way to begin your morning or end a workout sesh.
10. Refreshing papaya-spinach smoothie
If you aren’t too familiar with papaya, this smoothie is the perfect introduction. It gives the usual spinach and banana duo a tropical twist and a delicately sweet depth of flavor. (Plus, there’s some evidence that this tropical fruit may be good for digestion.)Muss C, et al. (2013). Papaya preparation (Caricol®) in digestive disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23524622
Be sure to buy a papaya with orange-yellow skin — if it’s green, it’s not ripe yet.
11. Blackberry-ginger smoothie
OJ and yogurt make this smoothie a no-brainer for breakfast. And thanks to all the blackberries taking center stage, there’s no detecting the full cup of spinach behind that deep purple exterior! Throw in pieces of anti-inflammatory ginger to add a kick that offsets the drink’s sweetness.Mashhadi N, et al. (2013). Anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity: A review of current evidence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/