Select one of these delicious recipes from Daniella Chace’s More Smoothies for Life (Random House, 2007) cookbook and put your healthy ingredients to work. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Preparation of all of these smoothies is as simple as adding all the ingredients to a blender and processing until smooth.
Thick and creamy, this chocolate milkshake is powerful medicine.
1 cup milk
1 frozen banana, cut in thirds
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
In addition to protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, nutritional yeast contains functional and beneficial components such as beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan, and glutathione. Studies have shown that these components have such potential health benefits as improved immune response, reduction of cholesterol, and anticancer properties.
Yield: 1 serving
This combination is very light, fresh, and surprisingly sweet.
1 cup carrot juice
1 clove of fresh garlic, sliced
½ cup apple juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Clinical studies have found that ginger reduces the pain and the swelling caused by osteoarthritis and that ginger relieved pain and/or swelling in 75 percent of arthritis patients. Apples are also a good source of the following nutrients: polyphenols, which are known for their antimicrobial action and infection-prevention abilities; glutathione, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent heart disease and cancer; and malic acid, a fruit acid that is a powerful chelator, or binder of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Carrots are rich in the fat-soluble vitamins known as carotenoids that protect cells from environmental damage.
Yield: 1 serving
Strawberries and Cream
This creamy strawberry shake is full of energy-supporting nutrients and protein. It can be a snack or a meal replacement.
1 cup vanilla soymilk
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup silken tofu
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, yogurt has probiotics, and soy is a protein source. A powerful cancer-prevention agent in berries is ellagic acid, present as ellagitannins in the tiny seeds of strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries, and blackberries, which has shown promising results in inhibiting tumor growth. Ellagic acid appears to work by acting as an antioxidant, deactivating specific carcinogens, and helping slow the reproduction of cancer cells.
Yield: 2 servings