Smoothies are our new best friend in our busy lifestyles. We often find it difficult to sit down and have our fruits and vegetables which are essential for our health. Blending them into a smoothie is a better alternative than not having them at all. So here I bring to you 15 smoothie combinations that you can make depending on your mood and your health needs.
15 Healthy Smoothie Combinations You Should Try
1. Kale & Spinach
Kale & Spinach are a powerful combo that is one of the healthiest smoothies you will have. Kale is loaded with antioxidants and is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Kale can help lower cholesterol levels, which is one of the primary factors which lead to heart diseases.
Spinach helps prevent cancer. It also reduces blood sugar and hypertension. We have always heard that green leafy vegetables are good for eye health and spinach and kale works in this case.
We have all heard of this saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But what if you don’t have the time to peel and cut the apple to pieces and have it? Simple! Make it into a smoothie. Apples are high in fibre and water. The fibre in apple is soluble fibre, which can help lower blood cholesterol levels. The peel of the apple is concentrated with a polyphenol called flavonoid epicathechin which may lower blood pressure.
These little berries do more than their size. Blueberries are low in calories and rich in antioxidants. They also reduce DNA damage which is related to aging and cancer. They also help lower blood pressure. Another superpower of blueberries is that it helps improve memory!
Strawberry is one such fruit which we have had so many since our childhood, be it as ice cream flavours, candies, and whatnot. Strawberry flavour has been infused in many different foods. However, eating strawberry as it is, is much more beneficial to the body. Strawberry is a low-calorie fruit and is also fat-free and sodium-free. It also increases the good cholesterol in our body which helps lower the risk of heart diseases. It lowers blood pressure and has high levels of antioxidants.
Mango isn’t called the king of fruits for nothing. This bright orange fruit is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K which help strengthen the bones. Beta-carotene, the pigment that gives mango the bright yellow-orange colour fights free radicals, one of the causes of cancer. Mangoes are rich in magnesium and potassium which are essential for lowering high blood pressure. Having mango is also recommended for pregnant ladies because mango is rich in rich in folate that helps prevent birth related defects in babies. So, what are you waiting for, make yourself a glass of mango smoothie and enjoy the benefits!
6. Mango, Banana & Papaya
Since you already learned about the benefits of mango, why not take it up a notch and add banana and papaya to the smoothie as well! Banana is a common fruit which we always had during picnics, sports days at school, or after meals. The benefits of bananas include moderating blood sugar levels and improving digestion and heart health.
Papaya is another summery fruit and is a powerhouse fruit. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and Vitamin E. It also improves skin health. All the more reasons to combine these three in a smoothie!
7. Banana & Spinach
Banana & spinach both help moderate blood sugar levels. Plus, the combination of fruit and a vegetable as a smoothie gets a thumbs up from us!
8. Banana & Berries
This 2B combination will make you want to be(pun intended) a healthier version of yourself. The nutrient rich banana when combined with powerhouse berries makes for a tasty smoothie. Berries are known to be loaded with antioxidants and help improve blood sugar. They are also high in fibre like bananas and help reduce inflammations.
9. Pineapple & Orange
If you think pineapple on your pizza fulfils your daily dose of fruits, then you are mistaken. Pineapple is loaded with antioxidants and reduces the risk of cancer. It also eases digestion and boosts immunity.
Orange is a rich source of vitamin C which is also responsible for good skin health. It controls blood pressure and blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases and complications.
10. Pomegranate & Berry
The hard work that goes behind opening a pomegranate is worth it because of all the benefits that it has to offer. Pomegranate helps fight breast cancer and prostate cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps lower blood pressure. When combined with berries that provide the same function, this smoothie should be on your must-try list!
11. Coffee Smoothie
This one is for those who have to have their caffeine fix in the morning. Coffee is known to increase your energy levels and prevent you from feeling sleepy. It also helps ease headaches. Put chilled coffee in a blender with banana, milk, and oats(if you prefer) and blend, blend, blend. Pour into a glass, and there you have it, your caffeine fix with more added flavors.
12. Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
Chocolate is a guilty pleasure for most of us, but what if I tell you that now you can have chocolate minus the guilt? Yes, you read that right! In a blender, add bananas, cocoa powder, and milk, and blend. But don’t pour this into a glass. Take a wide bowl and pour the smoothie, and top it off with frozen berries, some nuts, and *drum rolls* chocolate! Now dig into the chocolaty goodness.
13. Orange, Berries & Banana
The vitamin C from oranges and berries, and the potassium from the bananas make this smoothie combo one of the most powerful recipes. To elevate the flavour, you can add a small chunk of ginger that has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
14. Pineapple & Banana
The antioxidant-rich pineapple and the blood sugar-regulating banana are like a match made in heaven. Blend with some yogurt for added probiotic benefits.
15. Banana & Coconut Water (Hangover Smoothie)
I understand that the workload these days can be pretty stressful and we often drink to forget our worries for a moment. But the next morning can prove to be more stressful due to a bad hangover. I have a smoothie combo for this as well so worry not.
Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes which helps in dehydration because alcohol tends to dehydrate our bodies. Banana adds texture to the smoothie. To take the flavors to the next level, add a chunk of ginger to this as well. Blend to a fine smoothie and let the drink make you feel awake.
Are you thinking of having these healthy smoothies and bringing out a healthier version of yourself? Remember to always have a balanced diet and lots of water. So, let’s gather around with our fruits and blend away!