There are hundreds of reasons to drink smoothies: they're a breeze to make, are high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and nutrients – if you use the right ingredients. Smoothies can also be sneakily high in calories and packed with sugar (see, Jamba Juice).
We asked a series of expert nutritionists, chefs, coaches, and doctors to provide us with their go-to smoothie recipes. What they sent us was inspiring and a little eye opening. Trade chocolate for cacao, they suggest, and get the sweetness with a dose of magnesium and iron. Sprinkle in spirulina powder to boost your immune system. And while you're at it, toss in a spoonful of chia seeds, swap regular milk for coconut or almond milk, and sift in a cup of hemp granola. Here, are 19 great recipes to start.
Dr. Bob Arnot's Apple Cuke Parsley Mint
This smoothie, also recommended by Dr. Bob, again includes chia seeds as a centerpiece – this time with apples, cucumbers, and two vitamin-rich herbs: parsley and mint.
Apple Cuke Parsley Mint
- 1 cup freshly pressed apple juice
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 tablespoons chia
- 1 small diced green apple, such a granny smith (peeled if apple is not organic or skin is waxed)
- ½ cup roughly chopped cucumber, peeled if waxed or bitter
- 1 cup firmly packed fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves.
Preparation: Combine and blend.
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