3 SMOOTHIES TO REFRESH YOUR MORNINGS

Nutrition Expert Adrienne Inger smoothed us over with 3 amazingly tasty smoothie recipes! If you’re looking for a better reason to get up in the mornings, look no further: read on to get started!

For those mornings where you’re tempted to hit the snooze button just once…or maybe twice!

HEALTH BENEFITS
  • Green tea can help boost metabolism.
  • Walnuts contain feel-good serotonin to keep the blues at bay.
  • Ginger fights inflammation and feelings of nausea that might otherwise keep you in bed.
  • Avocado has healthy monounsaturated fats that make your joints feel like jivin’.
INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 c. Green Tea (for extra strength, brew using 2-3 tea bags)
  • 3/4 c. Nondairy Milk
  • 1 c. Mango, chopped Frozen
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 c. Walnuts (or one handful!)
  • 1 tsp. Honey

When you need a real kick in the pants.

HEALTH BENEFITS
  • Cacao powder has twice the antioxidant polyphenols of processed dark chocolate with all the flavor of and none of the added sugars or additives.
  • Bananas give you two waves of energy: quick-release glucose and slow-release fructose for sustained energy throughout your morning.
  • Dates have plenty of soluble fiber and slow-release carbohydrates to keep you from crashing.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 c. Nondairy Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 TBSP Cacao Powder
  • 1 Shot of Espresso
  • 2 Mejdool Dates, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Raw Spinach (or one handful)
  • 1/2-1 tsp Cinnamon (your preference)

Optional:

  • 1/2 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne powder (just a hint!)

When you’re in the mood for a smoothie that tastes as vibrant and alive as you’re feeling!

HEALTH BENEFITS
  • Brain Power: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that reduces free-radical damage to the brain.
  • Blueberries for improved memory (enhancing the neurotransmitter dopamine) and even supporting healthy vision.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 c. Nondairy Milk
  • 1 c. Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1/3 c. Walnuts
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
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Adrienne Inger, RDN is a Washington D.C.-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion for helping people achieve their health goals. In her private practice, Adrienne specializes in mindful eating, women’s health, weight management, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.  Visit Adrienne to learn how she can help you reach your health goals.

 

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