Are you struggling to incorporate enough healthy nutrients into your busy lifestyle? Fruit smoothies are a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Fresh and frozen produce contains a broad range of essential nutrients that can help reduce inflammation and improve digestion. Getting your supplements through smoothies can also help those who are having a hard time swallowing capsules by blending the supplements together with the other ingredients.
Eating more fruits and vegetables may even help reduce your risk of chronic diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults should consume five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, although most people fall short. You can easily add two or three more servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet with the right ingredients.
How to Make a Smoothie
Let’s begin with how to make a smoothie. The combinations of ingredients for smoothies are seemingly endless. A typical smoothie combines fresh or frozen fruit, a liquid (water, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, or a milk substitute), and sometimes vegetables.
The chosen ingredients are then pureed in a blender until they reach the desired consistency. It is important to note that smoothies are very customizable to the individual consumer and their health goals.
While a smoothie made with fruit, veggies, and or nuts will be healthy all on its own, you may want to add more protein or a supplement based on your own needs and preferences. For added protein, consider adding the following:
- Collagen peptides
- Protein powder
- Soft tofu
- Chia, flax, or hemp seeds
- Nut butter
Some people associate healthy smoothies with leafy greens that don’t taste that great. That is not necessarily true. Consider adding the following to make your smoothie tastier and sweeter, without making it unhealthy.
- Maple Syrup
Recipe for Blue Lagoon Smoothie
This smoothie is a fan favorite for its simple ingredients but delicious flavor. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and probiotics to leave you satisfied and energized to take on the day. Follow the recipe below to make your very own Blue Lagoon Smoothie!
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup of coconut water
- 1 cup frozen pineapples
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2-4 LifePharm OMNIA capsules
This recipe can be easily personalized or modified. The Greek yogurt can be substituted for regular vanilla yogurt to be sweeter or an almond milk yogurt for a dairy-free version.
Nonfat plain Greek yogurt is loaded with health benefits, including calcium, potassium, zinc, probiotics, and protein. Coconut water is hydrating and contains electrolytes to help your body replenish its nutrients with potassium. Coconut flakes are medium-chain triglycerides which means they are absorbed by the small intestine and quickly used for energy. Blueberries are regarded as the king of antioxidants because they have the highest amount of antioxidants amongst fruit. Like blueberries, bananas are full of antioxidants. They also contain a great deal of fiber which aids in helping you feel full.
Boost Your Blue Lagoon Smoothie with OMNIA
Consider adding 2-4 OMNIA capsules to your smoothie for additional health benefits and nutrients. OMNIA contains essential vitamins, minerals, and particular nutrients for healthy and glowing skin, all in one capsule. Its three main ingredients are proven to continuously rejuvenate the health of your skin as you age: egg bioactive growth factors, spirulina, and red clover blossoms.
Biologically, eggs are a gold standard for protein. They provide their consumers with high quality protein, low calories and healthy fats. Eggs are also loaded with vitamins and minerals. This well rounded food contains a variety of vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis including vitamin A, folate, vitamin B5, B2 and B12, and Selenium to name a few. The growth factors found in the OMNIA egg extract can help stimulate the cells in your body to support old and damaged cells. This can help reduce or prevent signs of aging.
Spirulina is a good source of B1, B2, B3 vitamins, copper, and magnesium. Spirulina is a superfood that is a blue-green algae and has been consumed for hundreds of years.
Red clover blossom is a wondrous wild plant that has been used to treat and alleviate symptoms of respiratory infections, to skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, it has even been known to help with menopausal symptoms. To name a few, vitamin C, niacin, calcium, phosphorus are just some of the vitamins and minerals that can be found in red clover blossoms. They also contain isoflavones which are a dietary supplement. Isoflavones have been known to help regulate hormones, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
OMNIA also contains three powerful complexes made up of minerals, collagen, and natural moisturizers to help improve the structure, function, and appearance of skin tissue. This supports youthful and healthy skin and strengthens and improves the appearance of hair and nails.
Recipe for Nutty Green Smoothie
This smoothie can be readily made with most household ingredients.
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 cup of chopped kale or spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 pitted date or scoop of protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 2-4 OMNIA capsules
Blend all the ingredients together until you reach your desired consistency.
For this recipe, regular milk and peanut butter or chia seed butter can also be used as substitutions.
Almond milk is an excellent source of vitamin E and it still contains 17% of the recommended daily value of calcium. Kale is incredibly nutrient dense and loaded with antioxidants. Kale contains 684% of the recommended serving of vitamin K. It also has vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, copper and manganese. Spinach is loaded with vitamins as well, more specifically it is packed with fiber. Bananas are also a great source of fiber and antioxidants. Almond butter contains healthy fats that can help lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Health Benefits of Smoothies
The health benefits of smoothies range and vary depending on the ingredients selected. Many fruits and vegetables can garner undeniably beneficial outcomes. The most significant health benefit, though, is the ability to take in plenty of various nutrients at one time.
Smoothies are also easy to prepare and usually require only very minimal prep work, such as washing or peeling the fruit and measuring out ingredients. You can even purchase frozen fruit, vegetables, and leafy greens from grocery stores that are already washed and prepped for you. Since there is minimal prep work, smoothies can be made quickly and enjoyed on the go. Another benefit of smoothies is you can reach or get close to consuming your entire daily suggested servings of fruits and vegetables in just one drink, which helps when trying to consistently live a healthy, but busy, lifestyle.
We encourage you to give these recipes a try. Start incorporating your supplements from LifePharm into your everyday meals for a healthier lifestyle!