Wheatgrass Smoothie: Strawberry & Banana

low-fat-smoothiesToday’s wheatgrass smoothie of the day was a strawberry-banana protein smoothie with a taste of wheatgrass. You’re probably thinking, “how does that taste?” Delicious, I tell you! This smoothie has the taste of a refreshing regular strawberry-banana smoothie with a hint of wheatgrass that you hardly notice. The best part is that the smoothie contains the protein that our diets require.

It’s great for starting your mornings, a daytime snack, or a post-workout drink that will fill you up. This delicious beverage will have you leaving the house with a big smile on your face to start your day.

With the use of strawberries and bananas, you can get your full serving of your fruits and vegetables in one drink! It tastes better than the vegetable juices that you’ll find on store shelves.

Strawberries are beneficial to your health, as it is an excellent source of vitamin C and will boost immunity. Not only that, but since they contain a great amount of vitamin C, they are known to slow eyesight degradation as they build a protective layer over your eye to protect against the sun’s tough UV rays. Since this wheatgrass smoothie is loaded with large amounts of vitamin C, it can actually help fight against wrinkles and preserve your healthy looking skin with the proper regimen.

Like many healthy smoothies, the use of bananas isn’t only to add the great taste that everybody loves; it has so many benefits to your health. First, bananas can help overcome depression due to the high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin. Bananas are also great before an intense workout, which will provide you with the energy boost you need. It can also defend against those muscle cramps that have been getting in your way from finishing! With so many extra other benefits, bananas can be used in so many aspects of health that you may not even know of!

With the use of both bananas and a scoop of whey protein, this smoothie can be put to great use both before, and after a workout. Like bananas benefiting before, and during your workout; the scoop or two that you decide to put in your smoothie can be great to your recovery process after your workout!

People tend to use whey protein after an intense workout because it’s thought to help burn fat and preserve muscle. Not only will it help lose fat, studies have shown that it can increase both size and strength of muscles. With adding your scoop (or two) of protein powder; it really does make a great snack between meals as whey protein can also reduce hunger!

If you decide that you are in great need of some type of snack to use as an energy source beforehand or as a recovery source post workout, this is the wheatgrass smoothie you need to try!

With only five major ingredients, you can go on to make your own in only 5 minutes! Here they are:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla whey protein
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of vanilla, or plain yogurt
  • 5-10 cubes of flash frozen wheatgrass cubes from Dynamic Greens Wheatgrass Juice

Just add enough water to create the texture you like, and serve into your favourite glass!

Enjoy!

Wheatgrass Smoothie: Mixed Berries

recipesThe colour of this healthy and delicious wheatgrass smoothie can leave your taste buds a little confused, but satisfied! You start off examining the colour first before taking a refreshing gulp of tasty berries exploding on your palate. As the taste of berries lingers in the background, you get the citrus flavour of oranges met with the mild taste of wheatgrass. Are you salivating yet? Read on to find out why this smoothie is packed with antioxidant richness and how it will leave you feeling satiated.

Cha-cha-cha Chia Seeds

Packed with healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong with adding chia seeds to your smoothie to give it that extra healthy kick. Chia seeds have approximately five grams of omega-3 fats in just one ounce. Talk about healthy fat for your brain!

The great thing about chia seeds in comparison to flax seeds is that chia seeds can be eaten either whole or ground up, making it easier to add to your smoothie. Flax seeds must be ground up before it can be added into a wheatgrass smoothie, which requires more work to obtain the nutrients contained inside the seed.

Want to know some added bonuses about chia seeds? They are tasteless! They don’t add flavour to your smoothie or leave your mouth with a strange aftertaste! Also, given the high fibre content, you will feel full faster with just this one smoothie.

Mixed Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries? Oh my! What a delicious combination of berries blended into a powerful smoothie. Berries have a great reputation for amazing health benefits. In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that consuming just under a cup of mixed berries a day for eight weeks was associated with increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure. That’s a win-win situation when it comes to heart health! Included in the mix of berries in this study were strawberries, red raspberries, bilberries which are similar to blueberries, black currants, lingonberries, and chokeberries.

Ingredients Needed to Whip Up this Easy Concoction:

  • 2 oz tofu
  • 5-10 of Dynamic Green’s wheatgrass cubes
  • 1 cup of whole strawberries
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of chia seed
  • ½ cup of vanilla yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add a few ice cubes to thicken the smoothie up. This makes one generous single serving or two regular servings.

I found the end product of this wheatgrass smoothie wasn’t as sweet as I intended, so I would recommend adding one or two tablespoons of honey for natural sweetness. Berries also add a natural sweetness to the smoothie so feel free to toss in more berries to cater to your taste buds.

Overall, this smoothie is a powerhouse that has nutrients readily available for your body to absorb. Treat yourself to this wonderful enjoyment while knowing that you are eating healthy ingredients that make your heart and mind blissfully content. Have a happy heart and indulge your senses in berry sweetness!