Smoothies in the winter, say what? You heard correctly. Perhaps this refreshing drink isn’t seasonal, but it sure is good for you during the winter months. I understand that you’d prefer to cozy up with something warm like soup or coffee during the cold season. But a healthy smoothie is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which can give your immune system a boost. In addition, a delicious smoothie can help prevent the common cold during the long winter months.
Another great reason to drink smoothies is to help detox your system, after you’ve over-indulged on the gluttonous holiday foods. It’s a refreshing way to get back to your healthy eating patterns and fight the bulge.
The art of making the perfect smoothie requires a high-powered blender. And that calls for Operation Blendtec. The power on a Blendtec blender is robust, holding a 1560-watt motor. What does that mean? Essentially, the power is so strong that it can liquidize all the seeds, pulp, and the fibers of your fruits and vegetables. Don’t worry about removing the stems or seeds of your favorite fruits or vegetables. Just wash and place into your Blendtec. Very simple, don’t you agree? And Blendtec’s motor will do all the hard work.
FUN FACT: There are major health benefits found in the seeds and stems of any fruit or vegetables. For example, red seeded grapes are packed with grape seed extracts, which is good for preventing high cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart disease. Even the greens on the strawberries hold a lot of chlorophyll, which is much like taking a shot of wheat grass and helps to clean the system.
Mores reasons why Blendtec perfects the art of making a smoothie:
- Square Jar. They use the square jar instead of round because it causes the ingredients to bounce from the side of the wall and back to the blade to achieve the perfect blend efficiently. Benefits: No need to stop the blender and stir the substance for the blend to be completed. The Blendtec’s square gets it done with a press of a button.
- Micronization. This means, breaking up of all the ingredients. No lumps, no inconsistency, just one glass of the perfect smoothie. Win-Win.
Blendtec offers many great smoothie recipes; here are the best for this holiday season.
Tis the season to be a Pumpkin Pleaser. You have a pumpkin around for the holidays and now it’s time to puree it and make a seasonal smoothie. Pumpkins have many benefits such as high-fiber, antioxidant beta-carotene, and vitamin A (Source: http://greatist.com/health/superfood-pumpkin)
1 C Orange Juice
1 C Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt
1 C Pumpkin Puree
1 1/2 Bananas, Quartered and Frozen
1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice
1 C Ice Cubes
We all scream for strawberries. Yes, this berry is popular and makes for a delicious smoothie. Check out this Strawbana smoothie recipe, it’s a simple recipe with just a few ingredients:
1 1/2 C Apple Juice
Side note: Feel free to add chia seeds or your favorite protein powder for that extra kick in your smoothie.
Get a boost of vitamins and antioxidants with this Mixed-Fruit Smoothie Recipe. This is perfect to help beat the common cold or flu. Stay healthy.
1 c Strawberries
2 c Ice
Kick your fruit smoothie up a notch by adding greens. Dr. Oz suggests that drinking 4-8oz of greens will provide your liver with a revitalization, enabling your body to burn fat more effectively. Also, it will provide your system with additional enzymes to keep your body healthier. Don’t forget that a high-dose of iron is very beneficial for women. Popeye, would be proud. Check out this Green Berry Smoothie:
3/4 C Water
1/2 C Blueberries
2 C Spinach
Which smoothie recipe is your favourite? Share with us which ingredients you like in your smoothie.
By Leila Pejman, Home & Lifestyle
Leila Pejman is a producer and storyteller whose work encompasses content creation, media, social media, and communications, topped off with a passion for emerging technologies. On the domestic side, she's on a mission to create the best quinoa muffin recipe.
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