The end of July is quickly approaching, and many of us are enjoying sun-filled days soaking up rays, busying ourselves in the hot cloak of summer breezes, and are in need of a cool, nutrient dense energy booster. With a busy schedule and many priorities, health and wellness must stay on the top. Self-care is vital, especially during the times when it slips off your top priorities. Rather than reaching for a stimulant like 5-hour energy, a quick snack that'll keep you lagging and unsatisfied, or refueling on nutrient lacking foods, step up your wellness game with these five easy smoothie recipes. Note: all of these recipes can be tweaked to your liking - more liquid, less liquid, substitutions, etc, the best thing about eating intuitively for your body and mind is experimenting with foods by listening to what your body wants & needs! Enjoy!
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The Berry Booster - rich in antioxidants & nutrient dense foods.
One frozen banana
A handful of berries (blueberries and blackberries are my favorite in this recipe, but can be subbed for any!)
A handful of spinach (tip - blend these with the liquid first, so that the consistency isn't odd)
1-2 cups of almond milk or any non-dairy milk of choice.
A spoonful of hemp seeds, chia seeds, or ground flax seeds for healthy fats and a boost of protein for satiation and macronutrient variety!
The Green Goddess - the best way to get in your greens & keep your energy high throughout the day!
One frozen banana
A handful of kale (tip - blend these with the liquid first, so that the consistency isn't odd)
1 celery stick
1-2 cups of coconut water or juice of choice - mango juice, pineapple juice, or watermelon juice are all great flavor combinations in this recipe.
Optional: a scoop of spirulina or greens powder that can be found online or at most health food stores - for an extra boost of essential micronutrients
The Freaky Fresh - refreshing, tropical, and nutrient dense all in one.
One cup frozen mango
One cup pineapple
Handful of greens (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc - just make sure that those are blended first so that the consistency isn't odd!)
1-2 cups of coconut water, regular water, or other juice of choice.
The Decadent - full of healthy fats, protein, and great for recovery.
1 frozen banana
1-2 spoonfuls of cacao powder - dark or raw.
1-2 spoonfuls of powdered peanut butter or nut butter of choice
1-2 cups of plant milk
Optional: a scoop of plant based protein powder
Spicy Sunshine - reduces inflammation in the muscles & is a great wake-up!
1-2 frozen bananas
1-3 cups plant milk of choice (coconut milk is a great option for this recipe)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cardamom
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 shake black pepper
Tip: the spices are personal - play around to see what ratio you like & what spices you could add/subtract.
Jorgie Ingram is a seventeen-year-old artist, activist, writer, dancer, and choreographer, currently living in New Hampshire. Finishing her high school studies online as a senior, she looks forward to continuing her studies in college, majoring in dance. Jorgie's passion is to inspire - whether that be through her artistry, writing, or everyday interactions. She loves to give back, and aspires to do so throughout her life. Apart from dancing all over New England, choreographing for the stage and film, painting, writing, baking vegan goodies, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends, Jorgie is the founder of local environmental group, Kearsarge Changing Climate Change, and one of the lead organizers for NH for Humanity's performance art events.