Bottoms Up

Revitalize with tasty, feel-good drinks that don’t skimp on the health benefits. Whether it’s a mid-day pick-me-up or a soothing drink for winding down, you’ll find that there’s a tall glass of something for all your needs. With ingredients that do your body good and little prep time, indulge in these drinks today.

Turmeric Smoothie

Relieve aches and pains with this zesty smoothie, containing turmeric, pineapple and banana with a pinch of black pepper and chia seeds. Black pepper aids in the absorption of curcumin while pineapple contains enzymes that reduce inflammation. Chia seeds boost gastrointestinal health while aiding to curb joint pain and arthritis.

Spiced Almond Milk 

For a drink that’s warm, cozy and perfect for bedtime or early mornings, use a blend of creamy almond milk and autumnal spices. Cinnamon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and ginger can be mixed in with vanilla almond milk to start off your brew. Cinnamon helps to strengthen your immune system and digestive health and has even been linked to protecting against bacterial infections. Almond milk has been shown to reduce blood pressure and the risk for osteoporosis. Don’t forget to add a teaspoon of almond butter, a key ingredient for extra thickness.

Pineapple-Lime Coconut Water Cooler

This drink is as simple as its name. Pineapple, lime and coconut water combine to make a light and cooling tropical refresher. Coconut water replenishes lost electrolytes and hydrates the body. It is slightly sweet and packed with antioxidants. For extra sweetness, add agave nectar. If you prefer a cooling kick, throw in some mint leaves to taste.

Green Goods Smoothie

For the perfect start to your day, you can use apple juice or water as a base and add a cup of fresh spinach to blend together. Reap the benefits of these leafy greens as they strengthen muscles and improve eyesight. The banana adds a rich sweetness, so this drink isn’t dull or watery. Mango and pineapple are tart and tropical, but you can also throw in some strawberries or blueberries if you want to pack in more fruit. Be sure to blend well for a smooth mix without chunks.

Strawberry Ginger Lemonade 

Spice up your classic lemonade with ginger. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and great for relieving nausea. Use filtered water, fresh strawberries and lemon juice to create this tangy drink. Depending on how tart you like your lemonade, add agave nectar for a touch of sweetness. After prepping, filter through a strainer to remove pulp and seeds.

Sources: organicfacts.net, simplegreensmoothies.com, servingrealness.com, veggiessavetheday.com
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