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 Strawberries All the Whey
Dr. Bob Arnot has been a columnist for Men's Journal for nearly twenty years, advising readers on diet and exercise and how to live a healthy life in his monthly column, "Ask Dr. Bob." He's written 14 books on nutrition, including his latest, The Aztec Diet, which touts the benefits of the protein-rich, hunger-fighting chia seeds.
Strawberries All the Whey
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- 2 tbsp chia
- 2 tsp honey
Note: Also tastes great with peaches.
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