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During warm spring and scorching hot summer days, it’s easy to rely on refreshing smoothies to help you cool down and stay healthy. It seems as if people choose to put away their blenders when the autumn comes, but they shouldn’t do that.
Smoothies are amazing for your body and they can help you flush out toxins, bring in new vitamins, and recover your muscles after a difficult workout.
If you thought that smoothie flavours are only good for summer, we’ve put together a list of seven delicious ones you’ll fall in love with this season.
As we all know, this is a season for pumpkin spice everything, from food and drinks to scented candles and bath bombs. Pumpkin pie is delicious, but it’s not really a good idea to indulge in one after a workout.
This is where this delicious smoothie steps in: half a cup of good old pumpkin puree (it’s best if you use fresh, but canned one is fine as well), a frozen banana, and a cup of almond or soy milk. Add a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla for that soft autumn flavor in the end. However, these spices can be a bit ‘aggressive’ for some so it might be a good idea to add a tablespoon of maple syrup if you want to ‘soften’ it a bit.
Apples are rich in antioxidants and fibre while cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices you can use in a dish.
Use a single chopped apple, a quarter cup of tofu and unsweetened apple juice, a cup of soy milk, a cup of raw spinach, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Spinach is rich in protein which is great for muscle recovery after a workout, but if you want, you can also try adding a spoon of natural protein supplement to make the smoothie even thicker.
What is more, protein supplements come in a variety of flavours so you can add a touch of vanilla or chocolate to your drink.
If you’re looking for ways to add more protein to your diet, you could try making this amazing almond cocoa smoothie and drink it when you finish your workout.
You will need a cup of canned coconut milk, half a cup of unsweetened almond milk, two tablespoons of unsweetened coconut and dates, a tablespoon of creamy almond butter and unsweetened cocoa powder, and you can also add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you want.
It might seem like yogurt, banana, and coffee have nothing in common, but you’d be wrong. They are a great source of nutrients, especially protein, and when put together in a smoothie, they’ll do wonders for your overall health.
Use one and a half cup of Greek yogurt, a frozen banana, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon of ground flax seeds, and half a cup of coffee (cold). The healthy mix of caffeine, protein, and natural sugar is a great meal replacement after a morning workout. For more protein (and if you’re a fan of thicker smoothies) you can always use a bit more yogurt or use any 2% milk.
More a decadent treat than a simple recovery drink, you’ll love this autumn surprise.
A single frozen banana, half a cup of both fresh blueberries and frozen red grapes, three ice cubes, a cup of almond milk, a quarter of a cup of orange juice, and a single beaten scrambled egg. You can also add a bit of cinnamon for that special autumn flavor if you’d like. Make sure the egg is cooled before you put it in the blender because it will make the mixture smoother.
6.Faux chocolate mousse
When you feel like you could use a bit more fibre in your diet, try this dessert-like smoothie.
You’ll need a quarter or a half of an avocado, a bit of almond milk to make it smoother, a handful of spinach for protein, half of an unpeeled zucchini, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt. To make it sweeter but avoid unnecessary calories, try adding a packet of Stevia in the end. You can always add a scoop of protein powder if you want to make it thicker.
Not only is spinach a great source of protein, but also iron and calcium.
For this smoothie, you’ll need two and a half cups of raw spinach, a frozen banana, half a cup of coconut or almond milk, two tablespoons of almond butter and chia seeds, and a scoop of protein powder if you want to give it a ‘boost’.
Even though smoothies are widely considered to be merely a summertime staple or a refreshing snack, they can do much more for your overall health. Do a bit of research and experiment with different flavours, textures, and ingredients, and you’ll soon come up with a signature recipe you’ll love. Not only is that great news for your body, but perhaps your friends will fall in love with it too.
Stay awesome always!
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Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about beauty, health and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and traveling.
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