On the SSS Blog, we’ve talked about various smoothie recipes that benefit your body in a number of ways, those that help to increase metabolism, provide essential nutrients, and more generally about how to combine this nutritional advice with an active lifestyle to keep you generally more fit and healthy.
Today we thought we would blend things up a little bit, by taking a closer look at a few popular fruits, with a smoothie recipe idea for each one, to kick start your journey to a healthier you.
Strawberries are abundant in antioxidants, calcium, vitamins and minerals and they pack a healthy punch. Strawberries can be eaten frozen or fresh, and they provide an excellent source of vitamin C, and this is a fruit that helps when it comes to immunity, helping to lower blood pressure. For younger looking skin, strawberries are great, and if you’re aiming to fight cholesterol then a strawberries are a great fruit to add to your diet.
The Smoothie: Place yoghurt, milk, ice cubes, strawberries, blueberries, and a lemonade mix in a blender. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Pour it out into a glass and enjoy – this one’s really nice and refreshing!
Mangos contain about 1% cholesterol, no fat and less than 1% salt. This fruit works like magic especially if you’re aiming to lose weight – but do bear in mind that they are high in sugar content. A cup of diced mango can provide 100% of the daily need for Vitamin C, 35% for Vitamin A, 20% of Folate, 10% of Vitamin B-6 and finally, 8% of Vitamin K and potassium. The trusty vitamin C component helps to keep your cholesterol in check and also helps to strengthen your immune system.
The Smoothie: Blend a cup of mango until smooth. Add one cup of yoghurt and blend it again. Pour it out in a parfait cup. Drink to your heart’s content.
Bananas can be termed a ‘happy fruit’. This is due to the fact that the nutrients in this fruit are converted into serotonin, which is a hormone that simulates the brain, which helps to life your mood. A great fruit to replenish muscles after a good workout, bananas help to regulate blood sugar and also contribute in de-stressing.
The Smoothie: Blend one frozen banana with milk and honey. Add ice and blend until crushed. Pour out into a glass and serve for a refreshing and healthy smoothie.
Guava is one of the most underrated fruits when it comes to smoothies. Guava has anti-ageing properties and serves well for those who want to cut down their sugar intake. The rich fibre content enhances digestion and absorption of nutrients while lowering and regulating blood pressure. The potent magnesium component in this fruit has been suggested to help in general relaxation. So if you want to kick back and de-stress, a guava smoothie is what you need.
The Smoothie: Take a couple of guavas, half a teaspoon of ginger, one cup of pineapple chunks, two cups of spinach and blend well into a cup for a healthy mix of delicious ingredients – great as a post-workout boost.
Lychee is a somewhat weird and wonderful fruit that provides your body with a plethora of health benefits that include boosting your immune system, improving digestion, helping to lower blood pressure, building of stronger bones, improvement of circulation, protection of the skin, aiding in loss of weight, defending the body against viruses and optimising your metabolic activities. All this thanks to a small little fruit. Wonderful isn’t it?
The Smoothie: Place lychee, watermelon, coconut water, and crushed ice into a blender and blend until thoroughly smooth. Serve immediately with a garnish of watermelon and lychee. Voila!
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