Smoothies are incredibly easy to make. You only need some fruits and vegetables, a blender of some sort and your imagination.
For the recipes that I am going to share with you, I would recommend using the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender. The Ninja blenders are considered the most powerful blenders on the market for the extraction of nutrients from plants.
The extractor blades on the Nutri Ninja Pro have the ability to easily crush ice, skins, seeds, and other fibrous plant material. The result is a creamy smooth, even consistency smoothie with no chunks.
The Nutri Ninja Pro Blender Recipes that I share below can be enjoyed anytime, but if you are looking for a healthier lifestyle, I will give you some suggestions on which health aspects they may be most beneficial for…
The Difference Between Juice and Smoothies
Before we get into the recipes, it is good to understand the difference between juice and a smoothie, as this is often confused.
In simple terms, juicing is the extraction of juice from fruits and vegetables. You’re most familiar with orange juice and have probably seen vegetable juices in the grocery market.
The main drawback of juicing is that the bulk of the fruit or vegetable is thrown away. The pulp contains not only the roughage needed to keep your digestive system working properly, but it is chock full of important nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, immune stimulators and detoxifiers.
The Health Benefits of Smoothies
Whether we are talking about antioxidant blueberries, bananas rich in potassium, detoxifying and nutrient-rich kale, smoothies are naturally rich in numerous super foods that come from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies are a great way to a healthier lifestyle!
Some of the benefits that people describe after starting a smoothie lifestyle include:
- Improved health and well being
- More energetic
- Glowing skin and fewer wrinkles
- Stronger hair and nails
If that weren’t enough, the smoothie lifestyle will help you to:
- Lose weight
- Detoxify and restore internal balance
- Strengthen your immune system
- Control blood pressure
- Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
How to Make the Recipes
The instructions for making a smoothie are pretty much the same for each recipe. What changes is the ingredients and the order in which you put them into the blender.
You want the most fibrous material to be closer to the blades.
Start with a regular 24-ounce Nutri Ninja cup if you are using the Nutri Ninja Pro. Then place all of the ingredients into the cup in the order given.
Turn the blending unit on low to start with and then increase to high in intervals. For instance, select speed 1 (low) and slowly increase to speed 8 (high).
Allow to blend until you get a velvety smooth smoothie. And, that’s it.
Recipe Number One – The Antioxidant Formula
In this recipe we have combined the antioxidant qualities of blueberries with that of red cabbage.
1/8 cup chopped red cabbage
1/2 celery stalk, cut in half
1/2 green apple, unpeeled, halved
1/2 cup blueberries
1/3 cup watermelon, 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup ice
One twelve ounce serving is about 90 calories.
Recipe Number Two – The Immune Booster Formula
This recipe capitalizes on citrus fruits and the super food, goji berries, to stimulate the immune system. This can help make you resistant to whatever seasonal bug that may be going around and help keep cancer at bay.
3 tangerines, peeled
2 kiwis, peeled and halved
1 grapefruit, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon dried goji berries
1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes
One twelve ounce serving is about 133 calories.
Recipe Number Three – The Detox Formula
Green and leafy plants like kale and parsley are great blood purifiers. These are combined with intestinal stimulators such as apples and ginger to give you a most effective detox experience.
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup parsley
1 cup kale, rinsed
1/4 inch piece of ginger
1/2 red apples, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 beet, washed and roughly chopped
1/2 cup ice
Water as needed, about a cup
One twelve ounce serving is about 100 calories.
Tailor Your Smoothie Drink for Your Needs
I hope you will try out these smoothie recipes. You should not feel bound by these Nutri Ninja Pro Blender recipes. They should be more of a springboard to healthier drinks and ones that you enjoy drinking.
If there is an ingredient you don’t like, then leave it out or replace it with something else you do like. There is no right or wrong when it comes to smoothie recipes. It’s more a matter of preference.
In my experience, people tend to gravitate to smoothies they enjoy making and enjoy drinking. So, make it a pure enjoyment experience.