Friday cocktails don’t necessarily need to include alcohol. Besides tasting delicious and being quick & easy to prepare, there are a myriad of smoothie recipes to choose from which serves as a nice Friday treat!
You don’t need much in order to make a smoothie that is both appetizing and healthy.
The primary ingredients that you require are fruits, vegetables, and a liquid such as water, milk or juice.
Using roughly equal portions of all three tends to work best.
The KarryOn Smoothie all-natural ingredients:
1/2 a cup of frozen mixed berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries & cranberries are all great sources of vitamin C. This vitamin assists with wound healing, boosts your immune system and also helps your body to absorb iron from the food that you eat. Berries are also rich in substances known as antioxidants (vitamin C being one of them), which prevent damage caused by free radicals, thereby helping to fight off diseases such as cancer.
1/2 an avocado – lots of people associate avocados with fat and stay away from them, especially if they are trying to lose weight. But they shouldn’t because the fat that avocados contain is known as monounsaturated fat and is fantastic for your body. It is especially good for your heart. Besides this, avocados also have fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and manganese.
1/2 a cup of frozen mango – orange foods tend to contain large amounts of vitamin A; a half cup serving of mango will provide you with roughly 12% of your daily requirement. Vitamin A keeps your eyes, skin and hair healthy. Additionally, thanks to the natural sugars that they have, mangoes are very sweet, which helps to make the smoothie much more palatable.
1 cup of spinach – it’s a good idea to use at least one cup of vegetables when preparing a smoothie. You are not limited for choice and can use kale, Swiss chard, carrot, cucumber, beetroot and even sweet potatoes. Spinach is a great option because it doesn’t have an overpowering flavour and so mixes in very well.
1 cup of coconut water – this liquid looks just like ordinary water but is quite different nutritionally. It contains electrolytes such as potassium, which helps to replenish your body’s reserves. Coconut water is very hydrating and studies have even shown that it might be able to lower blood pressure and prevent kidney stones.
1 tablespoon of mixed seeds – chia seeds swell up when placed in liquid and form a gel like consistency, which helps to thicken up smoothies. You can also use flax or pumpkin seeds in its place
To prepare the smoothie, blend all of the ingredients together for up to a minute, depending on the power of your blender. If you don’t have one, worry not, because there are plenty of affordable smoothie makers to choose from.
What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?
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