Energy| Endurance| and Weight Loss: There’s Nothing These 5 Smoothies Can’t Do
With more and more studies affirming the health benefits of caffeine| coffee is poised to join green tea as the next superfood. Not only does caffeine help energize the body| but it can also ease muscle soreness| improve athletic endurance| and even give metabolism a boost. Given all these good-for-you benefits of coffee and tea| it’s time to think past your basic brew by adding these elixirs to your smoothies. Here are five to help get you through the workweek!
| Metabolism-Boosting Berry Smoothie
The benefits of green tea go well beyond a midday pick-me-up: it encourages weight loss| prevents colds| and may even decrease the risk of stomach cancer.
If you’re bored with the basic brewed stuff| reap the benefits by blending up this metabolism-boosting berry smoothie. Made with beans| strawberries| and broccoli| it’s full of protein| vitamins| and fiber. A perfect way to start the day!
| Lightened-Up Frappuccino
Don’t be deceived; this lightened-up Frappuccino is more than just a coffee milkshake. It also contains protein powder| making it our go-to smoothie for a tough sweat session.
| Cinnamon| Green Tea| and Honey Smoothie
When you need a little energy boost but arenu2019t looking for a complete meal| this green tea and honey smoothie will do you right. Though it contains only 139 calories| it still manages to pack nutrition into every sip. Green tea aids in boosting metabolism| while the honey may help in regulating blood sugar. Avoid the afternoon slump that comes from sugary snacks and reach for this instead!
| Chai Gingerbread Smoothie
This recipe for a chai gingerbread smoothie is straight from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s website| metabolism-boosting spices like cinnamon and ginger| this smoothie tastes equally as good whether you enjoy it cold or warm.
While Gwyneth makes her version with a caffeine-free rooibos chai tea| give yours an energizing boost by using chai spice black tea instead.
| Chocolate| Banana| and Black Bean Smoothie
You won’t even taste the beans and spinach in this chocolate and banana smoothie. Besides its energizing benefits| the addition of instant coffee also helps cut through the sweetness of the banana.