Green smoothies are popping up on coffee shop menus and healthy meal plans. Celebrities swear by these concoctions to give them that *glow* and ward off unwanted pounds. Ever wonder what makes these blends so popular? Here are some health facts that might convince you to work these well-known (and some unknown) nutritious gems into your #meatlessmonday.
These tiny brown seeds have been around for a long time. Like, a really long time. A favorite of Incas and Mayans thanks to their high concentration of fiber, protein, and calcium. Chia seeds aren’t just for vegan pudding anymore.
This berry (that’s right, avocado is a berry) is high in potassium and folate which supports cell repair. Avocado also acts as a low-carb thickener in shakes, if you’re looking for a banana replacement in your fave green smoothie.
It’s no wonder this superfood has been on health blogs and Juice Press menus for the last few years. Kale boasts 695 percent of your daily serving of vitamin A which is vital for a healthy immune system as well as a high concentrations of calcium and vitamin K. For a starter smoothie, try this recipe.
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Cashews are high in minerals like copper. Sounds weird, but copper helps produce collagen and elastin in the skin. Not so weird anymore, right? This summery refresher features buttery cashews and creamy coconut milk.
Beets have gotten a bad rap for being difficult to prepare but smoothies like this one make it easy. Simply cutting a few pieces of this root veggie will seriously boost nitrate levels which can increase energy.
Whether you think this stuff is a superfood or super hype, you can’t deny the free radical fighting properties of these little red berries. Adding these to a smoothie creates a tart/sweet combo that’s unique and a real antioxidant boost. Here’s an idea for incorporating them into your next smoothie creation.