I work out for multiple reasons: to stay strong, to see physical results, sometimes even for the sheer joy of exercise (yes, really!). Then there are days that, just like Man Repeller Leandra Medine, I’m #initforthesmoothie. Sometimes the promise of blended goodness in a glass is just the motivation I need to lace up my sneaks, even when I’m so not in the mood.
But the usual cycle of banana, strawberry, kale and mango can get rather dull. Stave off smoothie ennui by experimenting with these weird-seeming ingredients that actually taste amazing.
Feel like a lady at high tea while sipping a smoothie infused with lavender’s bold, slightly peppery aroma and flavour. The herb is known for its relaxing properties, and some research suggests its soothing scent may help relieve symptoms of insomnia, anxiety and headaches. Don’t eat the potpourri, though–use culinary-grade lavender for cooking.
Blend with: lemon, blueberries, honey, vanilla
Tip: Blitzing dried buds may give your smoothie a grainy texture. Avoid this by making an infusion: soak lavender in boiling water, strain and stir directly into your smoothie or mix with a bit of honey.
Who can resist that gorgeous deep crimson? It comes from pigments called betacyanins, which research has shown can suppress the growth of some cancer tumours. Betacyanins may also help protect the liver and lower blood pressure. Plus, beets are an excellent source of folic acid, and a good source of fiber and potassium.
Blend with: berries, oranges, apples, yogurt, coconut milk
Tip: Roast your beets to bring out their natural sweetness, or use raw for an earthier flavour.
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Source: Flare, 6/11/2015