Few food options rival the smoothie for simplicity (no cooking, no chewing), deliciousness (fruit, ice cream), and versatility (it's a meal, snack, or dessert). Indeed, it’s as close to a perfect meal as you can get. The only problem: Duplicating juice-bar results at home. Try some of these nutrient-packed smoothie ingredients that will juice your brain, build muscle, burn fat, and strengthen your heart in less than a minute. Just throw them in a blender, hit liquefy, and start slurping. It’s that simple.
High in antioxidants, and bursting with fiber, manganese, and vitamin C, these berries will keep your heart and brain in top shape.
With abundant Vitamins A and C, mangoes also add a healthy dose of beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer and promotes healthy skin.
Orange and Citrus fruits
OJ has vitamin C, and pineapples contain bromelain, a cancer-inhibiting, inflammation-reducing enzyme. These all make citrus fruits golden and great ingredients for your smoothie!
Dairy delights and Protein punches -- Milk or Whey
Then add, either Milk, Water, or that devilish combo of the latter two, Whey protein! 1% Milk has calcium, protein, added vitamins and almost none of the fat. Whey protein has essential amino acids help pack on the muscle—making whey the best friend of athletes and gym rats alike.
For more smoothie ideas and nutritional info, search for your favorite smoothie ingredients or see the smoothie selector tool (with over 30 recipes!) brought to you by Rodale/Men's Health Magazine: http://www.menshealth.com/smoothies/
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