Vitamins A and C, potassium and flavonoids in apricots are potent health promoters that combat macular degeneration, and regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Apricots alleviate menstrual cramps, and their lycopenes promote prostate health. Take this blend from simple to spectacular by adding /s teaspoon ground cardamom and/or 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder.
The Blender Girl Smoothies that bring the nutrition not the sugar crash! needed to power through your on-the-go day. Each serves two, so bring one for your workout buddy. Plus, shake things up even more with the latest add ins.
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Throw V/2 cups coconut water or water + 4 medium pitted and chopped apricots + 1 teaspoon coconut nectar or pure maple syrup + 2 cups frozen peaches into your blender and blast on high for 30-60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak sweetener to taste.
Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl Smoothies, by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014, 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. By Amanda Altman
104 calories; 0g fat; 25g carbs;
Aside from sneaking in the usual suspects—greens, Greek yogurt, nut butter, protein powder, veggie purees—give these nutrient-dense blends a whirl.
Coromega Be Bright Superfood Oil Blend contains chia, coconut, avocado, hemp and black cumin cold-pressed, non-GMO oils in one convenient package ($20 for 10.6 ounces; www.coromega.com).
Per 2 teaspoons: 40 calories; 3g fat; 3g carbs; 0g protein
Navitas Naturals Superfruit Antioxidant Smoothie is berry good for you, thanks to organic, free radical-fighting goji, acai and pomegranate powders ($29.99 for 8 ounces; www.navitasnaturals.com).
Per teaspoon: 20 calories; .5g fat; 3g carbs; 0g protein
Carrington Farms Organic Flax Chia Paks combine organic milled flax and fiber-rich chia to bring the omega-3s.
As a bonus, no need to refrigerate these single-serving packets ($7.99 for 12; www.carringtonfarms.com).
Per packet: 60 calories; 4.5g fat; 4g carbs; 2g protein
Avo and Cuke Cooler So simple and so delicious, this low-fat, high-fiber cleansing quencher screams vitamin C! A host of phytonutrients makes it a anti-inflammatory, heart- healthy superstar. The lycopene in watermelon, phenolic compounds in raspberries and flavonoids in basil protect cells against oxygen damage, maintain healthy bones and regulate cholesterol.
Throw 31 cups chopped seedless watermelon + 2 cups frozen raspberries + % cup loosely packed basil + natural sweetener to taste (optional) into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak sweetener to taste.
Per serving: 336 calories; 3g fat; 81g carbs; 7g protein
This blend is a satisfying meal replacement—the incredible explosion of flavors tastes like liquid guacamole! Avocados are a complete protein, rich in alkalizing vitamins and minerals, heart-healthy fats and glutathione, the magical antioxidant that repairs cell and tissue damage, calms inflammation and regulates metabolism.
Throw 1/ cups each water, avocado flesh and ice cubes + / medium peeled and chopped cucumber + % cup each firmly packed arugula and finely chopped cilantro + 1 tablespoon each freshly squeezed lime juice and extra-virgin olive oil + 1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion + 2 cloves garlic + % teaspoon finely chopped serrano chile + / teaspoon natural salt into your blender, and blast on high for 30-60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste. (You may like more lime juice, chile or salt.)
Per serving: 637 calories; 58g fat; 34g carbs; 8g protein
Amazing Grass Green Superfood
Alkalize & Detox aims to help restore pH and remove toxins with the brand’s signature mix of wheat and barley grasses and alfalfa, not to mention spirulina, kale, broccoli, beet root, parsley, turmeric and probiotics for absorption ($21.99 for 15 packets; www.amazinggrass.com).
Per packet: 25 calories; 0g fat; 5g carbs; 2g protein
Philosophie Cacao Magic, an all- organic combo of cacao powder and nibs, reishi mushrooms, mesquite, maca, chia seeds, hemp protein and vanilla, seamlessly adds 10 times the antioxidants of a cup of tea plus magnesium and calcium ($7.99 for 16 ounces; www.thephilosophie.com).
Per / ounce 55 calories; 1g fat; 3g carbs; 10g protein
Into the whole smoothie bowl trend?
Elemental Superfood Crumble toppings, made with raw, mostly organic, GMO-free ingredients, will take your shake to the next level. Available in four flavors like Cranberry, Almond + Lucuma ($11.95 for 8 ounces; www.elemental-raw.com).
Per 1.8 ounces: 220 calories; 15g fat; 16g carbs; 6g protein
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