Winter is over — time to pack up your slow cooker and take out your blender. These prescriptive smoothies are made from healthy, whole foods, and each serves a specific goal such as fat burning, preworkout power or improved digestion. Just throw the ingredients into a blender cup, pulse for 30 to 60 seconds and you’re good to go. Bottoms up!
Drink To: Boost immunity.
According to research published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology, 70 percent of your immune system is housed in your gut in the form of bacteria — and those bacteria are hungry. Nourish them with plenty of prebiotics such as are found in oats and bananas, and augment your GI community with probiotics found naturally in foods like yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut. The spinach and strawberries add immune-enhancing vitamin C, and the whole smoothie provides 8 grams of fiber — a satisfying way to start your day!
- ½ small frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen spinach
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 2 tbsp old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup plain, unsweetened kefir
- ⅓ cup filtered water
Nutrition Facts: calories 350, protein 14 g, carbs 68 g, fat 4 g
Just five strawberries contain nearly 100 percent your daily value of vitamin C and 3 grams of fiber!