5 Spring Superfoods to Make Over Your Smoothies

Shannon Farrell
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Your beauty routine isn’t the only thing that needs a spring cleaning. If you find you’ve been sipping on the same smoothie for months now, your breakfast may need its own makeover. Make it simple by swapping in spring fruits and veggies to your favorite recipes. Danielle Omar, a culinary nutritionist and the author of Skinny Juices, offers five delicious alternatives.

Collard Greens
Swap out bitter kale for collard greens. Not only are they rich in vitamin A and K, which maintain bone, hair and skin health, but “they also contain the antioxidant alpha-lipoid acid as well as fiber, both of which can help with blood sugar control,” says Omar.
Blends well with:
Smoothie #1: A squeeze of lime, blueberries, kiwi, banana, and mango
Smoothie #2: Lime, mango, and a handful of grapes
Smoothie #3: Peaches, banana, dates, flax, and almond milk

Pineapple
Warm weather brings the return of one of the sweetest fruits. “Pineapple is rich in the mineral manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar, supports muscle repair and aids in building bone.” The fruit is also stocked with vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system. Plus, it’s incredibly delicious.
Blends well with:
Smoothie #1: Yogurt, mango, honey, and flax
Smoothie #2: Yogurt, chia seeds, banana, kale, coconut milk, and honey
Smoothie #3: Baby spinach, shredded coconut, fresh mint and coconut milk

Avocado
Surprisingly, avocado are a great addition to smoothies because they add the perfect creamy texture. They’re also a great source of fiber and fat. “The heart-healthy monounsaturated fats help keep your hunger at bay and allow for absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids and Vitamins K & E.”
Blends well with:
Smoothie #1: Almond milk, celery, kale, ginger, apple, and banana
Smoothie #2: Berries, spinach, and coconut water

Rhubarb
This low-calorie veggie is a red celery-like stalk that is rich in B vitamins, iron, potassium, and even vitamin A which helps keep skin supple. “One cup of rhubarb provides about 100mg of calcium, or about 10 percent of the daily need for the average adult.”
Blends well with:
Smoothie #1: Yogurt, strawberries, honey, and acai or pomegranate
Smoothie #2: Strawberry, coconut water, mango, and ginger

Mango
“Mangoes contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which is important for healthy eyes and could potentially lessen the damage from macular degeneration [a disease that causes vision loss].” The fruit is also a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Plus, the sweet taste upgrades any smoothie.
Blends well with:
Smoothie #1: Collard greens, banana, and pineapple
Smoothie #2: Strawberries, spinach, almond milk
Smoothie #3: Kiwi, mint, spinach, and celery

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