Beneficial Berry Smoothies

Here are 3 delicious berry-based smoothies with great health properties –

Berry Blitz Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup spinach leaves
  • 85ml apple juice
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds (optional)

This smoothie is great as the blackberries are loaded with antioxidants to keep your immune system fighting fit, as well as containing Vitamin K, which aids healthy muscle tightening and firming up wrinkles! I’ve also found that although I don’t like spinach, it can easily be added to smoothies because the berries completely disguise the taste. Spinach contains vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as folate – which is good for your heart. Chia seeds are a brilliant source of fibre and protein, as well as helping weight loss by expanding in the stomach and making you feel fuller for longer!


 

Strawberry & Lime Smoothie

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  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 whole kiwi fruit
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Water
  • Ice

After Costa’s “Strawberry & Lime Cooler” was discontinued, I created this smoothie to make something similar. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which again boosts your immune system, as well as containing potassium that helps keep blood pressure low. Kiwi fruit contains serotonin, a hormone which aids digestion as well as improving digestive and cardiovascular health. They also contain high levels of magnesium and potassium – magnesium being essential to nerve and muscle function. Lime juice is anti-carcinogenic as well as having antibiotic properties which have been shown to prevent a variety of diseases.


 

Breakfast Oaty Smoothie

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  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 or full banana
  • 1/3 cup porridge oats
  • 85ml any type of milk

Blueberries are packed full of nutrients while being low in calories. They are said to reduce DNA damage, which may help protect against cancer as well as ageing. Bananas are great for energy which is why this smoothie would be a great breakfast idea. Bananas release energy slowly as do porridge oats, which means that they will keep you going for longer. Porridge oats also have a low glycemic index, which means their nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream slowly which also helps keep your blood sugar level stable. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading, and let me know what you think if you give any of these smoothies a try!

SMC

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