Healthy Smoothie Recipes - Blend A Shake Of Goodness

I created this section on healthy smoothie recipes for breakfast because smoothies are growing to be extremely popular nowadays. They're also incredibly easy to make: pop the ingredients into a blender and blend for several minutes, and you've got a wonderful shake.

The thing I love most about preparing such smoothies is the flexibility of the ingredients you put in. If you want something for muscles, you might consider adding a tablespoonful of protein powder (though I'm not a big fan of that).

There is a whole variety of things you can add, customize your shake, make it suit your fitness and health needs.

However, I think the most important reason why smoothies and shakes are becoming so popular is because of how easy it is to prepare and bring along on a busy day at work! College students can bring a flask of smoothie prepared at home.

List Of Smoothie Recipes




Banana Smoothie Recipe - Go Bananas With This Drink!

Takedown this banana smoothie recipe because you owe your body some natural goodness to keep it healthy and pristine! We always see tennis players having a banana right after their match - well, that's because it's literally bursting with goodness.

You'll understand why soon enough. The one downfall of this fruit is the high glucose level in it, therefore, take them in moderation so that you won't be piling on calories. If you cannot resist the temptation, it means spending some time every day to work up a sweat!

Benefits Of Bananas

A high amount of fibre

Bananas contain a tonne of fibre in them, and this is great to help with bowel movements, making your trips to the washroom a lot more pleasant.

Besides that, research has also shown that more fibre in the body reduces the risk of getting diabetes. As surprising as that may sound for you, it goes to show that you should not ignore this fruit.

Keeps your kidneys, bones and blood in great condition

The high amount of potassium in bananas helps prevent kidney stones from forming.
As for your bones, potassium is responsible for preventing calcium from being removed from the body, enabling maximum absorption by the bones, thus reducing the risk of osteoporosis in the long run.

Bananas contain Vitamin B6. This vitamin is necessary for one of the most important processes in the body - production of haemoglobin, which enables blood to carry oxygen to the rest of the body. Without Vitamin B6, we won't be able to survive!

Triggers off a feel-good hormone

An amino acid present in bananas, called tryptophan, is responsible for triggering the production of serotonin. This hormone helps to calm your mind, thus leading to a feeling of happiness and peace.

What an amazing fruit! Let's start preparing our very own smoothie.


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Banana Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup of yoghurt, plain or flavoured
  • Honey

Directions


Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend well. Taste the mixture and add additional honey if required, until you achieve your desired level of sweetness.

Choco-nana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate, chopped to bits
  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 3/4 cup of yoghurt

Directions


Start a water bath. A water bath would consist of a pot of boiling water, and another bowl placed on top of the boiling water.

Add your dark chocolate bits and let them melt. You don't have to stir them because it's a water bath!

Add milk, yoghurt and bananas to a blender and start blending for a minute. Check your chocolate. If they are completely melted, add them to the blender and continue mixing until you have a nice dark brown mixture.

Time to enjoy your drink!




Blueberry Smoothie Recipe For You To Enjoy!

Fancy a blueberry smoothie recipe for yourself as a nice breakfast treat? Perhaps you want to prepare this delicious drink after you run or workout. You will definitely love the recipes that I am about to share with you here.

However, let us take a look at the health properties and benefits of consuming blueberries in our diet!

Benefits Of Blueberries

Each blueberry smoothie recipe would contain a whole tonne of blueberries, so it is important to know what you are consuming. Learning about the benefits can also help you appreciate the goodness of this drink.

On top of that, it gives you even more reason to prepare one for yourself, friends and family on a regular basis.

Research into the benefits of blueberries showed a whole tonne of benefits, and I am going to list them here!


Prevention of diseases

Blueberries have been known to prevent various diseases. Blueberries, if consumed in a large amount helps prevent constipation and the nutrients in this fruit actually help promote healthy digestion!

Besides that, blueberries are found to prevent heart disease by preventing the build-up of cholesterol in your circulation system.

Want to remain active and vital? Consumption of blueberries has been shown to help repair brain cells! Imagine that much benefits from a tiny piece of fruit.

However, please remember that you need to consume them regularly to enjoy from such benefits.


Maintains and possibly improves vision

As long as you are practising good eye care habits, such as taking breaks while using a computer and so on, blueberries can prevent problems like short and long-sightedness. It can also slow or even prevent age-related vision problems.

Improves immune systems

Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. In our current, fast-paced society, we are exposed to lots of pollutants and free radicals in the air. Having blueberries in your diet can actually strengthen your immune system and eliminate free radicals in your body.

I think this is another amazing benefit of consuming blueberries on a regular basis.


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Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

Now we can get down to learning some blueberry recipes!

Blueberry Yoghurt Goodness

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of yoghurt (plain or flavoured)
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • A large banana

Directions

Pop in the yoghurt, ice cubes and banana into the blender and blend at medium speed until the banana is well incorporated. Add in the blueberries and continue blending.

Before serving, give the mixture a mix with a spoon to ensure the flavour is evened out.

Chunky Honey Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of chopped blueberries
  • Honey, as desired
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • A handful of ice cubes

Directions

Add the blueberries, banana and ice cubes into a blender and blend at high speed. Taste the mixture and add honey as desired, until you achieve the taste you want.


Pour in the chopped blueberries and give a stir with a spoon before serving. It gives a nice, chewy texture to a great healthy drink.



Chocolate Milkshake Recipe - A Little Sin

Chocolate milkshake recipe on a fitness site? Yes! Chocolate has been the brunt of many criticisms, from being responsible for pimple outbreaks to weight gain and many other harsh remarks.

The truth is, chocolates do not cause pimples, that is a myth. While excessive amounts of chocolates can cause you to gain weight, any other food would too, if you do not work out regularly.

Therefore, set aside such misconceptions and take a look at what wonders chocolate can do especially dark chocolate.

Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Every day, research on this delicious compound seems to find more and more interesting facts. Chocolate seems to be great for your health if you eat them in moderation and keep fit of course. 

Care must also be taken to ensure that you eat well every day!


Improves the functions of the brain

Consumption of dark chocolate has been shown to increase the blood flow of your body to the brain, allowing better thinking and analyzing ability. Research is currently being done to see dark chocolate can prevent illnesses like dementia.

Helps prevent heart disease

Dark chocolate contains compounds that can lower blood pressure in your body thereby decreasing the risk for heart diseases like stroke and heart attacks.

A study was conducted on those who ate dark chocolate twice a week and those who didn't. Those who did were at much lower risk for heart disease.


Strengthens the teeth

Candy damages the brain? Either dark chocolate is not candy, or dark chocolate is just an exception! You decide.

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that triggers the body to harden tooth enamel, preventing cavities in the teeth. This means less painful visits to the dentists!

Note: These benefits are strictly for dark chocolate. Unfortunately, white or milk chocolate do not possess such benefits, so I strongly suggest that you stay away from them. Dark chocolate is best! :D


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Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

Let's get cracking on preparing a chocolate milkshake recipe.

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate (with a cocoa percentage of your preference), chopped
  • Milk (three-quarters of a cup for one serving)
  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions

Prepare a water bath. Basically, have a pot of boiling water, then place another pan or bowl above it. Place all your dark chocolate bits into it, and leave it be.

Water baths are great because your chocolate won't burn as they are steamed. Never microwave as not only can your chocolate burn, but microwaves are extremely dangerous and unhealthy for you.

Add milk (this depends on how many servings you want) to a blender. One glass of chocolate milkshake would require three-quarters of a cup of milk. Pour in the melted chocolate and add two scoops of vanilla ice cream.


Blend at medium speed until the mixture is well blended. Enjoy your tasty, delicious chocolate milkshake!



Mango Smoothie Recipe - My Personal Favourite


I love talking about my favourite mango smoothie recipe. Mangoes have always been my preferred choice of fruits because they are so unbelievably sweet!

The only unfortunate thing is that it's quite messy to peel and prepare, unlike blueberries or strawberries, where you can simply pop them into your mouth after a good rinse. But I'll take on peeling any time just to get the chance to sink my teeth into a juicy slice!

Benefits Of Mangoes

Before we take a look at how to prepare the greatest mango concoction, you should take some time to learn about the health goodness of mangoes.

Improves immune system

Mangoes contain antioxidants that can remove free radicals from the body and helps improve the immune system. This is critical in a time where we are exposed to threats to pollution, where our immunity becomes extremely weak and vulnerable.

Multivitamins

Mangoes contain a whole tonne of nutrients. They contain vitamins A, C, E and K. This fruit is also rich in fibre, which aids in digestion and bowel movements. Furthermore, it possesses potassium, which reduces high blood pressure.


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Mango Yoghurt-icious

Ingredients


  • 1 large chilled mango, diced
  • 1 cup of yoghurt (plain or mango flavoured)
  • A dash of orange juice

Directions

Add in mango bits and yoghurt into the blender and mix at low speed. Pour in a bit of orange juice for a bit of tanginess in your smoothie.



Strawberry Smoothie Recipe - Tangy Goodness!

Try your hand at a strawberry smoothie recipe. I have to be honest, I have never really prepared a strawberry smoothie before, but I think that is going to change after learning about the benefits.

Therefore, let's quickly learn about the benefits of strawberry and what it can do for your health.

Benefits Of Strawberries

Prevention of diseases

A study was conducted on a sample of adults and the relationship between illnesses and consumption of strawberries. It was concluded that those who consumed more strawberries in their diet on a regular basis fell ill less often.

Strawberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants which directly helps to strengthen the immune system. This, therefore, keeps colds and coughs at bay.

Helps improve or maintain vision

Strawberries contain various nutrients that help keep eye problems away. Fruits in general help prevent you from getting various eye-related problems, and this is even more reason for you to have loads of fruits in your diet.
Strawberries can be a great option.


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Creamy Juicy Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 medium to large strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of fruit yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of strawberry ice cream
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup milk, depending on your desired consistency

Directions

Blend the strawberries with milk together on low speed. Then add in yoghurt and ice cream and blend some more, until you get a nice consistency.

Tip: For the milk, you can add half a cup if you want a thicker smoothie. Alternative, if you prefer something slightly less thick, add three-quarters of a cup.

Strawberry Mango Mania

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yoghurt (preferably mango or another fruit mix)
  • 8 medium to large-sized strawberries
  • 1 large mango, chilled and diced
  • A handful of ice cubes

Directions

Add the fruits and yoghurt into a blender and blend for a few seconds. Then add the ice cubes and blend at high speed to ensure the proper combination of ingredients.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe - A Tasty Fusion

A strawberry banana smoothie recipe demonstrates how incredibly flexible you can be with your smoothie. You can mix it any way you want, with various fruits, yoghurt and even ice cream!

However, the more sinful you make your smoothie to be, the more you need to work out to burn the sugar that you have consumed. 


Benefits Of Bananas

Loaded with nutrients

Bananas are rich in nutrients like vitamin B6, C, fibre, magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are extremely important in ensuring a healthy internal system. Potassium especially is crucial in lowering blood pressure to help lessen the risk of heart-related diseases.

Healthy source of energy

Bananas contain a good amount of carbohydrates and this is good if you want a filling snack on the go. On top of that, the sugar contained in banana can also boost the energy levels in your body.

Prevention of diseases

This incredible fruit has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. However, this does not mean that you do not have to pay attention to your diet to enjoy such a benefit.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe 

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Ingredients

  • 10 large strawberries
  • 1 large banana, or 2 medium ones
  • 1 cup of yoghurt
  • Half a cup of strawberry ice cream

Directions

Add the strawberries, banana and yoghurt and blend the ingredients together. Once well-blended, add the ice cream.

Yummy Creamy Banana 'n' Strawberry

Ingredients

  • 8 large strawberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup of milk

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend at medium speed until all the ingredients are well mixed.

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