Why settle for bad-tasting medicine when you can cure migraines with smoothies? You heard me. Everyone’s favorite summertime drink doubles as a natural remedy. With the right recipe, these thirst quenchers can do more than get rid of nagging headaches. All you need is the perfect blend of nutritious elements and you get a smoothie that can help with weight loss, fight disease, and cure fevers, coughs, colds, hangovers, or PMS.
Here are 7 healthy smoothie recipes that will make your life easier (and less like a living hell).
1. The Weight Loss Smoothie
French fries, hamburgers, potato chips, cake, and pizza are probably some of your guiltiest eating pleasures. Unfortunately, they have so much calories that even the smallest serving can tip you off the scale. A typical smoothie is no different from these fattening foods. A tall glass of Double Chocolate Smoothie can have enough calories to last you an entire day!
If there is one fact about weight reduction, it’s that you need to cut down on calories until you reach your ideal weight. This explains why many weight loss programs encourage you to avoid these high-calorie foods. According to nutritionists, the amount of calories in food depends on two factors: the ingredients used and how it was prepared. That means you don’t have to give up drinking smoothies to lose weight! By incorporating healthy ingredients, you can concoct a smoothie that promotes weight reduction. The following recipe is ideal for individuals who either want to lose weight or maintain it.
Benefits: Low-calorie (250 cal) drink; rich in fiber; curbs the appetite; increases metabolism
Ingredients: ½ banana, 4 oz. Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, cinnamon.
Preparation: Add Greek yogurt, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and ice cubes into a blender. Blend at high speed. Slice up the banana and add to the blender. Re-blend. Serve with a pinch of cinnamon on top.