Are you sick of the same bland banana smoothie every morning? Even the tastiest dishes and drinks can get tiring, but don’t let boredom derail your diet. Mix it up with this cucumber strawberry green drink smoothie.
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 3 dried apricots
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled
- 1 cup water or cold green tea
- 1 scoop green supplement powder
Simply blend all ingredients together and serve immediately.
Buying fresh in-season produce is ideal; however, you can save a lot of time and money by stocking up on frozen fruit. The reverse is also true—while this green drink recipe calls for frozen berries and dried apricots, feel free to improvise with fresh produce if desired.
You already know to get your “five a day,” but do you know why fruits and vegetables are so beneficial? Are you aware of how they can actually impact your day-to-day life? Here are the pleasant side-effects you can expect from this tasty green drink.
- Cucumbers are a perfect remedy for dehydration—especially during the hot summer months. Not only will the excess water keep you feeling full, cucumbers are packed with lesser-known plant compounds called phytonutrients—namely cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids. What does this mean in layman’s terms? Just know they’re the cancer-fighting anti-inflammatory star players of the melon family.
- Not only are strawberries incredibly sweet, they can stand alone as a simple sugar in an otherwise bitter smoothie and are rich in vitamin C. Your immune system will thank you along with your muscles and joints as the antioxidants in strawberries fight off free radicals.
- Kale and spinach, though belonging to different vegetable families, share many of the same benefits. As a general rule of thumb, you want to incorporate at least one leafy green into each smoothie for essential vitamins and minerals you may not see in fruit (especially omega 3s). Help your body help you prevent blood clots, improve vision, and support healthy brain function while fighting off depression and memory loss.
- The last of the key ingredients—apricots—help keep you regular with a healthy dose of carbohydrates and fiber (runners love them). Additionally, minerals such as zinc, manganese, and iron assist in heart health and stable blood pressure. Furthermore, they taste delicious and provide just the right amount of natural sugar your green drink needs.
For an added boost of nutrients without the hassle of cleaning and chopping produce, add a green supplement to this and other smoothies. It’s a great way to increase your daily servings of vegetables—and, yes, it counts!
Your green drink is only as dull as you make it. Pinterest and other popular share sites provide endless sources of inspiration every step of the way from the vitamin aisle to the Vitamix. If you’ve been longing for something new, simply commit to one new recipe per week. After all, “variety is the spice of life.” Drink it up!