Detox your system with these seasonal spring smoothies
There’s no better way to take advantage of the many health benefits of fresh spring produce than to whip up a seasonal smoothie. So, while everyone else is roasting up asparagus and artichokes, sip on one of these spring smoothies we found on Pinterest to get the most out of April’s bounty.
Power up your workout or a day at your desk with this green drink. Watercress is considered one of the best foods for energy and muscle repair. In one study, people who ate just three ounces of the little leaf daily for eight weeks, prior to engaging in strenuous exercise, suffered from less post-workout muscle damage. And thanks to high levels of vitamins C, K, folate, and calcium watercress gives your brain, not just your body, a boost.
This ruby drink will keep you satisfied with 4 grams of fiber. And combine the rhubarb with the milk, and you’ll sip through more than a quarter of your recommended daily value of calcium per serving. Maybe we should call this one the strong-bone smoothie.
Did you know this leaf is actually a cruciferous vegetable, alongside broccoli and cauliflower, and is packed with the same cancer-fighting compounds? It’s also rich in natural nitrites, which increase blood flow to the muscles making this drink an ideal pre-workout snack.
This is one soothing smoothie! Aside from tasting like a tropical vacation in a glass, the papaya found in this recipe contains two enzymes, papain and chyompapain, that breakdown proteins, which can ease an upset stomach, reduce indigestion and, yes, alleviate constipation.
Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie
Give milk and cookies the boot for this healthier alternative; it may actually be the perfect way to end the day. Compounds found in mint help relieve gas and bloating.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.