The arrival of spring and early summer brings a change in the weather. When it starts getting a little warm outside you may want to switch that hot chocolate for a summer-inspired drink that’s cool and refreshing.

Spring is the most unpredictable of all seasons, it can be as hot as a summer day, or it can be as cold as a winter day. Such deviations in temperature effect our skin, hair and overall health so much that it becomes necessary to take precautions against.

Spring is known as natural detox season and with it comes all the green, leafy, fresh vegetables and fruits. There is an urge to detoxify oneself after a long winter and all those heavier, sometimes spicy, heated foods and drinks with very little water intake from fresh vegetables and fruits.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for these delicious spring smoothies with fresh ingredients. Add your favorite protein powder for a more satisfying breakfast drink that can hold your huger at bay until lunch for sure. My favorite is Sun Warrior Brand, Warrior Blend. It is plant based and has a delicious flavor with no synthetic aftertaste because it is made from whole ingredients. You can click here to buy it WarriorBlendProteinPowder

Green smoothies:

An excellent way to eat a lot of your veggies without even knowing it. Raw vegetables are a higher source of proteins than when they’re cooked. They’re also healthier than fruit smoothies. All you need is a blender and you can enjoy homemade smoothies anytime cheaply.

Here is a recipe for a natural, fresh and green smoothie.

Ingredients

Spinach                                                                   1/2  cup

Kale                                                                          1/ cup

Swiss chard                                                            1/ cup

Dairy free nut milk                                               1/ cup

Avocadoes/grapes (your choice)                         1 cup

Method

Blend in your leafy green vegetables and nut milk first. Once that’s blended, add your fruit of choice.

Note: Use one of the fruits in frozen form to add a chill to your smoothie.

Here is another one to try

It might take a little longer to make, but this one will be your favorite. You can even serve it to guests. The little extra hard work you are going to put will pay off when you take the first sip.

Ingredients

Dairy free nut milk                                              1 1/2  cups

Ginger powder/ fresh ginger                             1/4   teaspoon

Turmeric powder/fresh turmeric                      1/4  teaspoon

Spinach                                                                    1 handful

Green apple (peeled)                                            1

Kale leaves                                                              3

Lemon                                                                      1

Ice                                                                             4-5 cubes

Method:

Add the spinach, apple and kale leaves one by one to dairy free nut milk and blend. Add the lemon, ginger, turmeric, ice, and blend again.

Note: Dairy free milks are loaded with vitamins and proteins. They are packed with minerals. The best part is they are cholesterol free which makes them very easy to digest.

Fruit smoothies:

Fruit and yogurt smoothies are a great post-workout snack or a sweet snack in between meals to keep you boosted with energy. These fruits contain a lot of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.

Ingredients:

Banana                                                                     1

Frozen strawberries/raspberries                        3 cups

Plain non-dairy yogurt  9almond yogurt)        ½ cup

Fresh orange                                                           1

Ice                                                                             4-5 cubes

Method:

Add all ingredients in the blender and blend. Don’t forget to take out the seeds of the orange.

Spring smoothies are perfect for detoxifying and give a boost to metabolism. They are rich in minerals and proteins, too. Add them to your daily routine if possible. You won’t regret it.

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