There’s nothing better in the summertime than a refreshing drink to cool you down. There are so many to choose from — soda, lemonade, iced tea — but these drinks tend to pile on the sugar and may leave you feeling dehydrated. Never fear: You don’t have to compromise flavor for health benefits. When you need a refresher during the day, go for a smoothie — not just any smoothie, but one that contains a so-called "superfood." Superfood smoothies pack a flavor punch, they’re nutritious, and they’ll make you feel great.
Do you know what a superfood is? Superfoods are defined as nutrient-rich foods that may have exceptional health benefits and are high in vitamins and antioxidants. You could be eating superfood fruit and vegetables on a daily basis without even knowing it. And while their benefits are commonly overestimated — no single food, no matter how "super," is going to prevent or cure disease — they undeniably contribute to our well-being.
Apples, kiwi, kale, and spinach — all ingredients that are delicious in smoothies — are often cited as superfoods. Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant said to reduce your risk of lung cancer. Add apples to your kale smoothie with lemon juice and yogurt for a nutrient-packed drink. According to Woman’s Day, kiwis reduce asthma-related wheezing, because they’re high in vitamin C. Spinach is a superfood that is high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory nutrients, and contains vitamins that promote bone and vision health. It can also go in a number of different drinks. Making an apple smoothie? Add some spinach. Making a strawberry smoothie? Spinach works great there, too.
Have a nutrient-filled drink to brighten up your day — and your body. Want to see what other superfoods you can turn into smoothies? Read on to find out.
Apples contain an antioxidant said to reduce your risk of lung cancer. They also have a high pH level, which may prevent or alleviate heartburn symptoms. Next time you get heartburn, put down the antacids and make a smoothie with apple, banana, and peanut butter.
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Avocados are nutrient-dense fruits that provide you with vitamins, minerals, and a broad range of other positive health benefits. Putting avocados in a smoothie may seem weird, but don’t knock it until you try it. Make a mango, pineapple, and avocado smoothie — it’ll change the way you view this fruit.