3 Great Detox Breakfast Smoothies to Kick Start Your Day

ImageThe food, drinks and air we consume every day, are all contaminated in one way or the other. While the body has an in-built detoxification system, it cannot handle the onslaught of chemicals that come with modern living. This chemical cocktail affects our metabolism, immunity and health. While we can’t stay in a bubble, we can kick-start the day with quick detoxifying methods, and some delicious detoxifying smoothies. Read about some easy to make breakfast smoothies that are fast to make and supply you with a great boost of essential nutrients to help you seize the day.

You will have to shop for good quality, fresh and preferable organic fruits  and prep them in advance. But once you start your mornings with these delicious and power-packed smoothies, you will find it worth the effort. These detox smoothies are a great breakfast choice for a healthy and energetic start to your day and  your metabolism. They are filling and packed with enough nutrients to last you through the humdrum office hours until lunch. The best part- they let you easily detoxify your system daily. The high-fiber content in the smoothies ensures excellent digestive health.

Banana, Honey and Ginger Breakfast SmoothieImage

Making Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 4 tbsp fat-free yogurt
  • Small lump of fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 glassful of juice of oranges, unsweetened

 Method:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour in a glass and enjoy.

 Carrot, Mango, and Herb SmoothieImage

Making Time: 5 Minutes
Serves: 2
Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Mango (chopped or pulp)
  • 1 cup carrot juice, fresh
  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup of chopped mint or basil

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour in a glass and enjoy.

Cucumber, Honeydew, and Mint Smoothie Image

Making Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups honeydew melon or musk melon, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup pear juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ mint leaves, chopped

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Pour in a glass and enjoy

Home-made Energy Drinks for a Natural Power Boost

ImageWhile living life in the fast lane, our body often suffers from fatigue and grows weary, but that is no excuse to clock out for the rest of the day. Many of us turn to an Energy drink to help us boost our energy, and also to re-hydrate us during workouts or sports.

Most such energy or sports drinks available in the market contain similar ingredients that act as a temporary stimulant. An artificial stimulant is not real energy, and the boost they provide is short lived. Many experts also believe that these drinks have adverse physical and neurological effects.

 Most such drinks have the following ingredients:

  • Sugar – A common source of empty calories
  • Caffeine – Increases heart rate, insomnia and dehydration
  • Taurine – A nonessential amino acid to help focus and increase the blood flow to the heart. Long-term effects of Taurine remain unknown
  • Artificial Colors

As an alternative to such synthetic energy supplements, why not try making some natural and healthy energy drinks at home?

Honey is a proven alternative to energy drinks. It contains high-levels of fructose and glucose that enter the blood stream gradually. It provides a much longer lasting energy boost, as well as, essential amino acids required for post workout recovery. It is a great, natural fuel for sports and is packed with plentiful nutrients and health benefits.

Follow the easy recipes listed below, to make your own rehydrating and nourishing energy drinks:

DIY Refreshing Fruit Energy Drink

  • Mix 1/3 cup of Natural honey  with 1/3 cup of unsweetened grapefruit, pomegranate or cherry juice
  • Add 6 cups of water.
  • For workouts and outdoor activities, add a pinch of salt
  • Blend well and Refrigerate

DIY Antioxidant Herbal Tea Energy Drink  

  • Steep four bags of herbal/ green tea in two cups boiling water.
  •  Add five cups water and 1/3 cup honey
  • Stir well and store in the refrigerator till ready to use.

There you go- follow these simple recipes to make a bottle of these delicious energy drinks and hit the gym for a full power work out.