Colon Cancer – The Number 2 Cancer Killer

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Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their March 2016 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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Simple Work Out Measures for Your Health

 

Push-Up Test | Sit-Up Test | Sit-And-Reach Test | 12-Minute Aerobic Test | Back To The Fitness TestPush-Ups
Number of push-ups by age group

Men: Full Body Push-ups
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 62 52 40 39 28
Excellent 47 39 30 35 23
Good 37 30 24 19 18
Fair 29 24 18 13 10
Poor 22 17 11 9 6
Very Poor 13 9 5 3 2
Women: Modified Push-ups
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 45 39 33 28 20
Excellent 36 31 24 21 15
Good 30 24 18 17 12
Fair 23 19 13 12 5
Poor 7 11 6 6 2
Very Poor 9 4 1 0 0
Women: Full Push-ups
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49
Superior 42 39 20
Excellent 28 23 15
Good 21 15 13
Fair 15 11 9
Poor 10 8 6
Very Poor 3 1 0

1-Minute Sit-Ups
Number of sit-ups by age group

Men
Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 62 55 51 47 43 39
Excellent 51 47 43 39 35 30
Good 47 42 39 34 28 22
Fair 41 38 35 29 24 19
Poor 36 33 30 24 19 15
Very Poor 27 27 23 17 12 7
Women
Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 55 51 42 38 30 28
Excellent 46 44 35 29 24 17
Good 36 38 29 24 20 11
Fair 32 32 25 20 14 6
Poor 28 24 20 14 10 3
Very Poor 25 18 11 7 5 0

Sit And Reach Flexibility
Distance of reaches in inches, by age group

Men
Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 23.4 23 22 21.3 20.5 20
Excellent 21.7 20.5 19.5 18.5 17.5 17.3
Good 19 18.5 17.5 16.3 15.5 14.5
Fair 16.5 16.5 15.5 14.3 13.3 12.5
Poor 13.2 14.4 13 12 10.5 10
Very Poor 9.4 10.5 9.3 8.3 7 5.8
Women
Age: <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 24.3 24.5 24 22.8 23 23
Excellent 22.5 22.5 21.5 20.5 20.3 19
Good 21.5 20.5 20 19 18.5 17
Fair 20.5 19.3 18.3 17.3 16.8 15.5
Poor 18.5 17 16.5 15 14.8 13
Very Poor 14.5 14.1 12 10.5 12.3 9.2

12-Minute Aerobic Test
Number of miles by age group

Men
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 1.81 1.77 1.71 1.62 1.57
Excellent 1.65 1.61 1.54 1.45 1.37
Good 1.54 1.49 1.42 1.33 1.24
Fair 1.45 1.39 1.33 1.25 1.15
Poor 1.34 1.29 1.23 1.15 1.05
Very Poor 1.06 1.13 .98 .92 .82
Women
Age: 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Superior 1.61 1.53 1.45 1.33 1.35
Excellent 1.45 1.38 1.32 1.21 1.18
Good 1.33 1.27 1.21 1.13 1.07
Fair 1.25 1.21 1.13 1.06 .99
Poor 1.16 1.11 1.05 .98 .94
Very Poor .94 .93 .89 .83 .81

How to Drink Water: Stay Hydrated the Ayurvedic Way

 

Tina Shah

How many times have you been told to drink more water? Your mom tells you. Your doctor tells you. You hear about the importance of hydration at the gym or reading yet another article touting the benefits of water.

Many of us increase our water intake for a few weeks but still admit, “I don’t drink enough water,” noting our dry lips or clogged pores. Eventually, even our month-long sprint of drinking more water ends because we can’t stand peeing all the time.

Drink more water: the advice people love to give and then don’t do.

The “Drink More Water” Advice Ain’t Working, So Here’s a Better Way

Let’s have a broader conversation on how to drink water. The following is the definitive Ayurvedic guide on how to drink water properly.

The majority of our body is water. This water is stored both inside and outside cells to dissolve nutrients, carry waste, regulate body temperature, send brain messages, and lubricate all our moving parts. You need plenty of water to function and feel good. However, you lose a lot of water everyday through breathing, sweat (even if you don’t work out), urine, and bowel movements. Your only choice for perfect health is to replenish your body with ample water.

How do you know you might need more water? Here are 5 tell-tale signs:
1. Dryness: dry lips, skin, eyes, and hair
2. Inflammation: skin rashes and burns, clogged pores leading to acne, red eyes
3. Urine color: the moment you wake up your pee is dark yellow instead of light yellow (not clear)
4. Constipation: if you don’t have a bowel movement for 1 full day or longer
5. Sweat: little to no sweat

Ayurveda encourages us to drink water so that we absorb it. Many people chug water and within 20 minutes pee a clear liquid out, which means their body did not absorb the water. I used to get really fed up with this because anytime I increased my water intake, I found myself spending so much time peeing out water that I stopped drinking more liquids.

While increasing water intake does involve taking a few more trips to the bathroom (in a well-functioning body, people may pee every 3 hours), you should not be peeing out water immediately after drinking it. Thanks to Ayurveda, I learned how to absorb water effectively.

Here are 6 steps to help your body absorb water effectively:

Step 1. Drink lukewarm or hot water instead of ice cold water.
Ice cold water freezes the enzymes and fluids in your gut so your body can’t properly digest food, which creates toxic buildup. In addition, the blood vessels constrict so the toxic buildup gets stuck inside you instead of draining through your lymph (cleansing) system. Blood vessel constriction also prevents blood from circulating where it needs to be, restricting your organs from getting nutrients when they need them. Lukewarm or hot water gently encourages the natural flow of the lymph system and over time, you have less buildup. This rule is extremely important for women during menstruation or when wanting to conceive because ice cold water reduces the circulation and energy needed to prepare the reproductive organs.

Bottom line: ice cold water makes your body work harder than it needs to work.

Step 2. Add these 4 ingredients to water to increase absorption.
These ingredients bind to water molecules to make delivery into the body faster:

1. Add a teaspoon of unrefined mineral salt (not ordinary table salt but Celtic Sea Salt, Utah’s Redmond Real Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt) to every 32-ounce container of water.

2. Add a squeeze of lemon to your water.

3. Soak chia seeds for a few hours and add them to your water.

4. Add ginger slices to your water.

Want added flavor or sweetness? Soak fruit in your water to infuse it with a refreshing taste. Kiwi- Raspberry- Peach | Lemon -Cucumber -Mint | Strawberry -Basil | Pineapple-Lemon-Mint. Create your own combination. All it takes is fresh fruit and pitcher of water.

Step 3. Drink one tall glass (16oz) of warm water the moment you wake up.
Your body worked all night to package up yesterday’s waste. This is why you often have to use the bathroom first thing in the morning. To make sure the body is clean, flush your body with warm water immediately after waking up. Don’t wait until 15, 20, or 30 minutes after waking up, because then you’d just be holding on to waste instead of eliminating it. Some of this morning water might not be absorbed, but the point of drinking so much water at once is to stimulate the proper bowel movement.

To make it easy, I keep an electric teakettle in my bedroom that I fill at night and turn on when I wake up. I add mineral salt to my morning glass of water. In summer, I drink water at room temperature. You can slightly increase your early morning water intake if you’re not having a morning bowel movement. You can also decrease your intake to 8oz if you experience any abdominal pain with 16oz.

Step 4. Set a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces each day.
Here’s a real life example. I weigh 120 pounds. Half my body weight is 60 pounds, so my goal would be to drink 60 ounces of water a day. I drink 16 ounces of water as soon as I wake up, so that means I have 44 ounces left to drink during the day. If you’re outside often or very physically active, increase your water intake until you’re quenched. Heavyset people might have intercellular water retention due to years of improper diet. Talk to your doctor if you are retaining too much water.

Step 5. Find a water bottle or container and calculate how many servings you need a day to meet your goal from Step 4.
The low cost, practical way? I repurposed a 32-ounce glass juice container to be my water bottle. I drink about 2 jugs a day. When I’m on the go, I pour water from this jug into a smaller container so I still have an accurate measure when I come back.

Step 6. During the day, sip water but don’t chug – especially with meals.
When I first started drinking more water, I’d chug water at night because I kept falling short of my 2-jugs-a-day goal. I was happy I reached my goal but then I’d grumpily have to wake up during the night to pee. I never absorbed the water I chugged.

I would rather you calmly sip your warm water and fall slightly short of the goal than chug like a frat boy. Most importantly, don’t chug water with meals because you are killing the digestive fire (agni) that’s trying to process your food. Based on the same principle, you also don’t want to chug water right after a meal. Instead, 30 minutes before a meal, drink a glass of water. This hydrates the stomach’s buffering lining so it’s able to produce the sufficient stomach acid you need to digest difficult foods (dairy, eggs, nuts, etc). There’s a fine balance. Don’t drink a whole glass of water right before a meal, or you might dilute your stomach acid.

“Water before a meal is nectar. It replenishes fluids and encourages juicy digestive organs. Small sips during a meal is honey. It helps turn the food into a sauce. Water after a meal is poison because it dilutes stomach acids.” – Dr. Vasant Lad

The following is an ideal water intake guide for the average person:

Daily Water Target
• Wake up: Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water (this will flush your body)
• Breakfast: Sip water with breakfast as needed
• Between breakfast and lunch: Drink at least 1 glass of water
• 30-45 minutes before lunch: Drink 1 glass of water over 15 minutes
• Lunch: Sip water with lunch as needed
• Between lunch and dinner: Drink at least 1 glass of water
• 30-45 minutes before dinner: Drink 1 glass of water over 15 minutes
• Dinner: Sip water with dinner as needed
• Between dinner and bedtime: Drink at least 1 glass of water (if you drink a lot of water too close to bedtime, you might wake up in the night to pee)
• Sit down when you drink water. You eat sitting down to focus your body on digesting food. Give your body the same peace when you sip water.

Exercise Water Target
• 15-30 minutes before exercise: Drink 1 glass of water
• During exercise: Sip water
• After exercise: Drink 1 glass of water

Final Step: As you form the proper water habits, look for signs of hydration in your body.

In 1 month, you will see results. Check your hands and lips to see if they are less dry. Look at your face to see if blemishes are starting to clear. Assess the overall shine of your hair and skin. You might start to notice you feel less tired in the morning and have more energy to sustain you throughout the day. Welcome to the glorious world of hydration!

Happy hydrating, my thirsty friends!

 

7 Miracle Spices With Huge Health Benefits (and Big Flavor)


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Spice up your life with these herbs, roots, and plants that benefit your health as much as they do your taste buds: From keeping your heart healthy and your arteries clear to reducing pain and warding off cancer, these everyday flavors will add a healthy punch to all your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

1. Chili Peppers


Photo via liza31337 @ FlickrAdd some heat to your dish with chili peppers — and choose versions that are especially spicy to get the maximum amount of capsaicin. Capsacin, the ingredient that provides the plants with their spice, also has medical benefits that include pain relief, heart health, fighting prostate cancer, and stopping ulcers. If you’re ready to take on the hottest peppers out there, try habanero or Scotch bonnet; for less of a jolt, try jalapenos, Spanish pimentos, or cherry peppers.

2. Cinnamon

Photo via FotoosVanRobin @ FlickrYou already love cinnamon in pumpkin pie, cinnamon rolls, raisin bread, and cinnamon sugar topping, but there are healthier ways to reap the benefits of this power spice: Add it to your coffee, sprinkle it on oatmeal, stir it into peanut butter for celery sticks, and dash on sweet potatoes or carrots. While it brings out (and warms up) the flavors in the foods it is paired with, cinnamon will also help keep your arteries healthy, manage blood sugar levels, and lower cholesterol.

3. Tumeric

Photo via FotoosVanRobin @ FlickrBrightly-colored turmeric comes from the same family of spices as ginger — which means both plants can reduce inflammation in arthritis patients (and may block the formation of some cancers). Try it in a curry chicken dish from Planet Green’s Kelly Rossiter — and then add black pepper, since that tabletop staple is believed to help the body absorb turmeric for maximum effect.

4. Parsley

Photo via Joylitas @ FlickrIt’s easy to ignore that little piece of parsley that always arrives next to your main dish, especially when it seems little more than a decoration (even if the bright flavor does fight bad breath).

But this early spring green has been connected to health since the days of the Romans, and today its supporters believe the herb helps pass kidney stones, battle deafness, and prevent buildup in the arteries.

5. Oregano

Photo via Annie Mueller@ Flickr

When you shake extra oregano onto your slice at the local pizza joint you aren’t just adding some classic Italian flavor to your pepperoni-and-mushroom: Oregano is a major source of thymol and carvacol — two antibacterial agents that fight off infection — and has quadruple the antioxidants of blueberries. Like thyme, it’s easy to grow at home and adds traditional flavor to any dish whether you use it fresh or dried.

6. Garlic

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Love garlic or hate it, you can’t deny that it’s good for you: As a staple of natural remedies and traditional medicine, garlic has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects, and some studies show that it can stop blood clots from forming in your arteries. It’s also an easy spice to add into your diet: Try it in pasta sauce, on pizza, roasted with other vegetables, or finely chopped in homemade spreads.

7. Thyme

Photo via Erutuon @ Flickr

The strong flavor of thyme pairs well with comfort food — think wintry soups, stews, and roasts — and it’s easy to grow at home with full sun and well-drained soil, so you can use it fresh or dried all year-round.

But the health benefits go beyond warm soup on a cold night: The herb’s oil is antiseptic and antibacterial, and recent studies show thyme can kill MRSA infections, which are resistant to other antibiotics.

100 Delicious & Easy-to-Make Smoothies That Work Wonders for Your Health

By Caitlin Smith

Smoothies can be a great breakfast or snack choice when you need to up your intake of fruits, veggies and protein. While not all of these smoothies are the right health food options for all people, they do provide great alternatives to carb-laden meals, fatty desserts and diets free of fruits and vegetables. Here are our picks for 100 delicious and easy-to-make smoothies.

Soy

Vegans and those who don’t like the taste or digestive effects of regular milk can still indulge in tasty smoothie snacks.

  1. Fruity Soy Smoothie: This yummy smoothie is made with bananas, strawberries, raspberries and cherries, as well as soy milk and yogurt.
  2. Blackberry smoothie: This smoothie uses a little too much sugar, but you can substitute it with a smaller serving or leave it out altogether.
  3. Guava smoothie: Use one ripe guava, soy milk, ice cubes and lime to get a serious dose of Vitamin C.
  4. Papaya smoohtie: Fresh, uncooked papaya is excellent for digestion.
  5. Tropical smoothie: This fresh fruit smoothie includes banana, soy milk, strawberries, pineapple juice and mango.
  6. Ice cream soy smoothie: Use soy ice cream for a fruity dessert that’s easier on your digestion.
  7. Chocolate smoothie: The chocolate in this smoothie comes from cacao powder.
  8. Mango smoothie: Use a fresh mango to get all the benefits from the fruit such as beta-carotene and Vitamin C.
  9. Banana-Blueberry Soy Smoothie: Prevention.com suggests eliminating the sugar in the recipe for an even healthier treat.
  10. Soy Good Smoothie: Add corn flakes cereal to this smoothie for an unexpected texture and more dietary fiber.

Tofu

Another choice for vegans, soft and silken tofu smoothies are also delicious and easy to make.

  1. Soy tofu smoothie: Blend together soft tofu, a banana, soy milk, soy yogurt and strawberries for a delicious soy smoothie.
  2. Blueberry Tofu Smoothie: Soft tofu is featured in this recipe, along with banana, soy milk, honey and blueberries.
  3. Strawberry and Tofu Smoothie: Use fresh strawberries, water and Splenda for the healthiest version of this smoothie.
  4. Tofu Smoothie recipe: Blend together silken tofu, Splenda, honey, strawberries and even coconut rum for a party treat.
  5. Fruit and tofu smoothie: Fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries make this a delicious choice.

Low-Carb

If you’re trying to cut back on carbs but still want to enjoy a fruity dessert, choose one of these smoothies.

  1. Strawberry low carb smoothie: All that’s in this smoothie are strawberries, soy milk, low fat yogurt and ice.
  2. Power Smoothie: Just use 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup fruit juice for this low-carb smoothie.
  3. Low-Carb Almond Smoothie: The only ingredients used here are ice, half and half, and sugar-free almond syrup.
  4. Banana-orange low carb smoothie: If you want a low-carb, not a no-carb dessert, this smoothie is made with 1 banana, an orange, orange juice and low fat yogurt.
  5. Low carb Key West: This fresh treat uses lime Jello, whipped cream and cold water and boiling water.
  6. Low carb raspberry peach: Use mint, almond extract, unsweetened fruit and soy milk for this smoothie.
  7. Low carb peach: You’ll only need three ingredients for this recipe.
  8. Raspberry Smoothie – Soy Milk and Splenda: Use vanilla soy milk (you can substitute with light soy milk), ice cubes, Splenda and fresh raspberries for this yummy dessert or breakfast.
  9. Florida Sunshine: Ingredients like sugar-free drink mixes and a Carb Countdown dairy beverage make this a healthy alternative to a regular smoothie.
  10. Soy Milk Strawberry Smoothie: This recipe is similar to the Raspberry Soy Milk and Splenda smoothie but it uses strawberries instead.

Protein

Smoothies with lots of protein can reduce your cravings and help you boost your metabolism. If you work out a lot, they can also keep you energized for much longer.

  1. Max protein recipe: Add a banana, 1tbsp of protein powder, 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1 cup of nonfat milk to make this smoothie.
  2. Apple Coconut: Use apple juice, grated coconut, banana, ginger and ice cubes for this unusual recipe.
  3. Apricot Mango: Blend together apricot halves, Crystal Light or a sugar-free lemonade mix and fat-free apricot-mango yogurt.
  4. High Protein Smoothie Recipe: Use milk, honey ice milk, banana, pecans, wheat germ and protein powder to make this smoothie.
  5. Fruit medley protein smoothie: This medley includes protein powder, strawberries cherries, peaches and nonfat milk.
  6. High-calorie, high-protein smoothie: If you’re planning an intense workout, you may want to try this smoothie, made of wheat germ, banana, 2 percent milk, protein powder and vanilla yogurt.
  7. High protein smoothie: Use frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple juice concentrate, egg whites and more to make this smoothie.
  8. Raw Cacao High Protein Smoothie: Use raw cacao for natural chocolate flavor.
  9. High protein breakfast smoothie drink: Use liquid egg whites, banana, oatmeal and whey protein powder.
  10. Lemon and Raspberry Summer Shake: Add vanilla protein powder for an extra boost.

Whey Protein

Whether you’re a bodybuilder or someone who wants to strengthen your immune system, you can drink a whey protein smoothie to get more protein and antioxidants.

  1. Fruit whey protein smoothie: Blueberries, skim milk, yogurt and blueberries are just some of the ingredients in this smoothie.
  2. Eggnog Smoothie: Eggnog smoothies don’t sound healthy at first, but this recipe just uses ice cubes, water, whey protein, egg and seasonings.
  3. Banana Bread Shake: Don’t add the extra sugar to make this recipe more healthy.
  4. High whey protein smoothie: Add almonds, raisins, whey protein and other yummy ingredients to this smoothie.

Sugar-Free and Smoothies for Diabetics

When sugar is a problem, try making a sugar-free or low-sugar smoothie for dessert.

  1. LeeAnn’s Luscious Smoothie: Use wheat germ, plain yogurt and fruit to naturally sweeten this dessert.
  2. Sugar-free smoothie: This recipe uses fat-free yogurt, strawberries, and Splenda.
  3. Diabetic Orange Mango Smoothie: Use skim milk, vanilla yogurt, fruit and Splenda.
  4. No-fat and sugar-free smoothie: Ice, non-fat milk, Splenda and fruit extract are all you need here.
  5. Diet Blueberry Royale: Use skim milk, fresh berries and sugar-free instant vanilla pudding for a treat that only tastes decadent.
  6. Blood Sugar Balancing Orange Cream Recipe: Use bananas, orange, milk, cooked sweet potato and low-fat vanilla yogurt for this yummy treat.

Non-dairy

Use ingredients like rice milk, almond milk, soy yogurt and non-dairy ice cream if you’re lactose intolerant or just don’t like regular milk.

  1. Green Tea non dairy smoothie: Get a serving of your antioxidants with this smoothie, made with chilled brewed green tea, a banana, honey and a peach.
  2. How to Make a Nondairy Fruit Smoothie: Use this recipe guide to make a non-dairy smoothie with strawberries and bananas.
  3. De-Lish Smoothie: This fruits-only smoothie is super easy to blend.
  4. Cranberry and Strawberry Smoothie: Use ice-cubes, cut strawberries and cranberry juice for this recipe.
  5. Cherry and Apple Pie: Use cherries, an apple, banana, kiwi, blueberries and cloudy apple juice to make this super special dessert.

Digestion

Ease digestion when you make a smoothie recipe that uses ginger.

  1. Banana-Ginger smoothie: Blend together honey, fresh ginger, vanilla yogurt and 1 banana for a soothing treat.
  2. Jamaican Ginger: This recipe also calls for fresh ginger.

Energy Boosters

When you need to boost your energy for a workout or a long day, try out one of these recipes.

  1. Berry Good Workout Smoothie: This is called the “workout smoothie” because it’s gentle on your stomach and calls for 1 tbsp of flaxseed.
  2. Before Your Workout: With protein powder, frozen berries and 1/2 banana, you’ll get an instant charge out of this snack.
  3. Boost Smoothie Nutritional Energy Drink: My grandmother drinks these supplements, which contain 22 vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin-packed smoothies

Get even more vitamins in your diet with these smoothie recipes that are packed with Vitamin C and more.

  1. Avocado Blueberry Smoothie: Avocados have even more potassium than bananas, and they contain a lot of the good kinds of fat.
  2. Apricot-Mango smoothie: Lemon juice and mangoes will provide a lot of Vitamin C through this recipe.
  3. On the Balcony: You’ll get lots of Vitamin C out of this smoothie that has tropical fruit juice, strawberries and pineapple.
  4. For Breakfast: Add spirulina to this already stacked smoothie that contains nut butter and flax oil.
  5. Vitamin C Smoothie: Vitamin C fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries are used in this smoothie.

Anti-stress and Anti-aging

Smoothies that contain antioxidants like blueberries and strawberries are great for reducing stress and even the signs of aging.

  1. Stress Reliever Strawberry Smoothie: Add stress-reducing strawberries, peach and yogurt to your blender for this smoothie.
  2. Lemon melon smoothie: This cool, refreshing smoothie recipe also requires mint, a natural stress reliever.
  3. Blueberry-Oat: Blueberries are good for combatting oxidative stress, and oats are excellent antioxidants that can reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular problems.
  4. Anti-Stress Smoothie: Learn what ingredients to add to your smoothie for anti-stress benefits.

Breakfast

Instead of gulping down pancakes or a couple bowls of sugary cereal, whip up one of these fruity smoothies.

  1. Healthy Breakfast Smoothie: These instructions even come with a video, so you can watch a demonstration of how to blend ingredients like flaxseed oil, lemon juice, unsweetened cranberry juice and more.
  2. Ruby Red Grapefruit smoothie: If you can’t manage to sit down and eat a real grapefruit for breakfast, make this smoothie instead.
  3. Breakfast Berry Smoothie: Add a little peanut butter to this berry smoothie to curb cravings later in the morning.
  4. World’s Best Smoothie: This smoothie contains 12.1 grams of protein per serving, but those who are sensitive to salt might want to try something else.
  5. Banana egg power drink: Use almond milk, fresh blueberries, raw honey, raw organic eggs and 1 banana for this recipe.

Low Calorie

Not all smoothies are calorie-laden. These choices have as little as 80-90 calories per serving.

  1. Creamsicle Smoothie: This recipe uses frozen orange juice concentrate, one navel orange, fat-free yogurt and vanilla extract.
  2. Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie: This yummy smoothie only has 87 calories per serving.
  3. Tutti-Frutti: Enjoy this 140-calorie smoothie made with banana, OJ, crushed pineapple and more.
  4. Jello Smoothie: Use sugar-free Jello and fat-free Cool Whip for this recipe.
  5. Negative calorie smoothie: Use 5 strawberries, 1/2 papaya and 1 grapefruit for this fruit beverage.
  6. Low-Fat Berry Smoothy: Use frozen raspberries, cranberry juice and 1/2 lemon for its juice.
  7. Low Fat Strawberry Ice Smoothie: Use low-fat or nonfat milk and yogurt to reduce your calorie intake.
  8. Easy Peasy Low-Fat Creamy Fruit Smoothie: This smoothie is full of chopped fruits, nonfat dry milk powder and ice.
  9. Vanilla-Date Breakfast Smoothie: Use nonfat yogurt, nonfat milk, pitted dates and vanilla extract for this surprisingly low calorie breakfast or dessert.

Vegetable

If you have a hard time eating enough vegetables, try drinking them instead.

  1. Healthy Green Smoothie: This green smoothie is made with grapes and spinach.
  2. My Favorite Smoothie: You’ll use cucumber, aloe vera and celery in this recipe.
  3. My Huge-Mongous Pumpkin Smoothie: You’ll use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, for this healthier-option recipe.
  4. Carrot All Day Smoothie: Make your eyes sparkle when you drink this smoothie.
  5. Blushing Surprise: The name of this smoothie sounds scary, and it contains Worcestershire sauce, salt, ground pepper, cucumber, and lemon juice.
  6. Tangy Tomato: If you aren’t getting enough tomatoes in your diet, make this smoothie to help it go down easier.
  7. Spinach and Carrot Supreme: Think of this smoothie as a salad on the go.
  8. Cucumber and Apple: All you need for this recipe are cucumber slices and one apple.
  9. Glanny Delight: If you make this smoothie, you’ll pack in servings of carrot, apple, orange, banana and grapes.
  10. Celery and Strawberry: This recipe also uses apple juice and strawberry yogurt.
  11. Crazy Carrot: Don’t worry: this veggie delight also includes vanilla ice-cream.

Green Tea

The benefits of green tea are widely accepted these days, and to give yourself an extra serving a day, add it to your smoothie.

  1. Green tea, blueberry and banana: Mix together honey, green tea, blueberries, 1/2 banana and light vanilla soymilk for a delicious treat.
  2. Peach Green Tea Smoothies: Peach, honey, banana and a green tea bag make for a soothing smoothie.
  3. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie: Use vanilla syrup, hot water, nonfat milk and green tea powder to make this concoction.
  4. Polyphenol powerhouse green tea: This green tea smoothie only has about 85 calories.
  5. Ice Cream and Green Tea: Do these two snacks really mix? When you add in honeydew melon and a banana, you might be surprised.
  6. Exotic green tea: To make this smoothie, add in 1/2 cup of low calorie fruit and ice, plus the green tea.

Miscellaneous

From avocado and raspberry to a Thanksgiving-inspired treat, check out our final list of 100 delicious smoothies.

  1. Peachy Smoothie: You’ll definitely get a helping of calories, carbs and sugars in this smoothie, but it’s still way better than an ice cream sundae.
  2. Berry-Vanilla smoothie: The sweet taste in this smoothie comes from fat-free yogurt and unsweetened fruit.
  3. Tastes Like Thanksgiving: Use cranberries and orange to make a fall smoothie.
  4. Diet Breakfast Smoothie: You’ll only need 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit, nonfat vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup fruit juice for this easy recipe.
  5. Raspberry Avocado: You’ll also need orange juice for this smoothie, which has lots of fiber, potassium and Vitamin C.