Make Raw Smoothies with High Nutrient Value

Smoothies can be an excellent source for all sorts of nutrients.  You can also add supplements into smoothies that make them healthier without sacrificing taste. The trick is first to know your own preferences.  While the reviews below are the author’s opinion, everyone will have a different idea of what tastes good.  So the key to a good smoothie is like the key to cooking well:  Know what you like.  

Make the Calories Count

Raw smoothies are versatile because you can take any recipe and adjust it to fit your own tastes.  One type of fruit or vegetable can be easily substituted for another.  The most striking advantage of making your own smoothies from raw food is that you can control the amount of calories based on your need.  Because you’re focusing on the nutrient values, the calories you do get from your smoothies will be ones that count.  This is definitely not one of those empty calorie snacks. 

Local Honey Helps Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal allergies due to hay fever, then honey produced by bees in your local area may help you feel better.  While no scientific studies are readily available on the internet to prove its effectiveness, some allergy sufferers report that local honey has considerably reduced yearly symptoms.

If you want to try it, just add a little bit of local honey to your smoothies each day during the height of allergy season in your area.  First, warm the honey until it takes on a liquid consistency.  Then mix it with the cold items in your smoothie blender.

The Protein Smoothie

A common additive to smoothies with a variety of options; protein is a good addition to any day-starting smoothie.  Your choices are: whey protein powder, soymilk, silken tofu, nut-milks (almond milk, hazelnut milk, etc) and spinach--a protein rich veggie.

Smoothie for Two

  • 2 cups soymilk
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries

Add the strawberries to the mixture until it reaches the desired thickness.  For even more protein, add a few tablespoons of whey protein powder.  You can use honey to taste if the smoothie is not sweet enough.

Mix it up with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits.  It is a water-soluble vitamin that helps build the immune system, prevent skin wrinkling, and provide you with antioxidants.

  • Another Smoothie for Two
  • 2 cups soymilk
  • 1 cup frozen oranges
  • ½ cut ice
  • 1 banana
  • Honey to taste

The banana should help to thicken the smoothies.  You can experiment with lessening the amount of soymilk and oranges, too, if you want a slightly different taste or consistency.

Raw Smoothies with B Vitamins

There are a whole bunch of B vitamins.  While B12, found mostly in meats, dairy and mushrooms has made the map recently with its link to depression--Google B12 and Omega 3 if your curious how these substances can help with depression--B12 is not found in many fruits, thus is not likely to find itself in a smoothie.

But the other B vitamins assist with metabolism, assist with skin and muscle tone maintenance, aid immune and nervous systems and prevents anemia, among other contributions.  And they can all be found in fruits (other than B12, that is).

Combine the following ingredients in your high performance blender:

  • High-Octane Smoothie for One (or maybe two)
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 3  to 4 medium-sized carrots
  • 3 to 4 small zucchini

Experiment with the above recipe and add more or less vegetables until your smoothie reaches the consistency you desire.  Other vegetables that are a good source of vitamin B are asparagus and just about all of the green, leafy variety. Soymilk is also a good source of vitamin B12.

Proper Exposure to the Elements – or Minerals

There are also a series of elements that assist our body with key functions and these can be found in fruits too.  Generally, the health conscious among us tends to take supplemental pills to make certain that all needed elements and vitamins are sustained.

But you could also check out the nutrition profiles of your favorite fruits and use a well-orchestrated and p0anned diet to get you the same nutrients and reward your taste buds all at once.  If you visit the website for * Health Alternatives 2000, you will see the vitamin and mineral readout for various fruits.

Here are some more delicious and healthy smoothie recipes to help you enjoy a treat with high nutrient value:

Tropical Medley

  • ¼ cup frozen, cubed mango
  • ¼ cup cubed pineapple (frozen, canned, fresh)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice

Blend Well

Avocado Delight

  • 1 Avocado (pitted and diced or not)
  • (some people even leave the avocado pit in the smoothie. If the taste is to "special" for you, you can add a TON of lemon, Tabasco. This should cover up that "special" taste.)
  • 1 can condensed milk (alternatively for the health nuts, we recommend the same quantity of water and a large-hand-full of almonds - essentially making almond milk. a good substitute / alternative is also cashew nut milk)
  • 1 cup of ice

Blend well

Mediterranean Smoothie

  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ¼ cup diced orange
  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Blend well

After you have had some time to experiment with your high performance blender, you will probably begin to make your own recipes.  You might even try making raw smoothies with 60% vegetables and 40% fruit to boost the vitamins and minerals in each serving.


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