Superman may not have needed to eat to pull off all of his amazing feats of power and strength, but humans do. Unfortunately, eating to be your best self can sometimes seem impossible in this grab-and-go world. Before you give up and hit the drive-through for a greasy breakfast sandwich and hash browns, consider starting your morning off right with a solid dose of delicious and nutritious fuel. It’s as easy as tossing a handful of ingredients into the blender and pushing “start.”
Read on for a Roundup of 4 of Our Favorite Superfood-Packed Smoothies:
1. Eating Well’s Acai-Strawberry Smoothie
Just four ingredients are all it takes to start reaping the beautiful body benefits of this antioxidant-packed vegan smoothie. Combine three-quarters of a cup of orange juice, a medium banana, a cup of frozen strawberries, and 3.5 ounces of frozen pure unsweetened acai fruit puree, and blend. Voila! A tasty breakfast treat.
Want to add even more health benefits to the mix? Toss in a tablespoon of chia, hemp, or flax seeds to feel fuller for longer.
2. Real Simple’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Pumpkin may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “smoothie.” However, fall’s signature squash has a creamy texture, making it a perfect fit for smoothies. Not to mention that it’s loaded with everything from vision-aiding vitamin A to immune system booster vitamin C.
Blend a third cup of pure pumpkin puree, one half a cup of whole milk, a tablespoon of honey, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and a cup of ice. Then prepare to embrace all of the splendors of the season with none of the guilt of your usual pumpkin spice cheesecakes and lattes.
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3. The Pioneer Woman’s Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
Petite but powerful blueberries are celebrated for packing a serious health punch. Layer a cup of plain, unflavored yogurt, a cup of blueberries, half a cup of milk, a dash of honey, and ice into your blender. Blend until smooth, then pour and indulge.
Don’t have blueberries on hand? Feel free to swap in another fruit instead. Peaches, bananas, melons, and pineapples also work well. Serve in a special glass for an extra special feel.
4. Bon Appetit’s Matcha Smoothie
Hooked on your morning cup of joe? Try a matcha smoothie instead. Not only is matcha heralded for its many benefits, including everything from reducing cortisol, lowering inflammation, lowering blood pressure, curbing impulsive eating, and boosting self-esteem, it also delivers as much caffeine as you would get in a cup of brewed coffee, according to Health.com.
Using your blender’s ice crush setting, puree half a pitted and peeled ripe avocado, half a cup of coarsely chopped Tuscan kale or spinach, half a cup of frozen pineapple chunks, a quarter cup of coarsely chopped coconut meat, a cup of coconut water or iced green tea, one tablespoon of matcha, two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, a tablespoon of light agave nectar, and a pinch of kosher salt.
Tired of rushing in the morning? Prepare your smoothie, pour it into a mason jar, and bring it along with you to your next destination.
These superfood smoothies are proof positive that health and fitness don’t have to be dirty words. In fact, they can be both fun and delicious, especially with the right nutrition and exercise program in place. For help customizing a workout plan to perfectly complement your diet, sign up for a personal trainer session at Brick Bodies today.