Smoothies are a great way to enjoy a tasty treat while also packing in some needed nutrients which can be beneficial in a wide variety of ways. If you include the right ingredients when you blend up a delicious drink, smoothies may just help smoothen out the effects of aging.
“Smoothies are a great option for those that are looking to nourish themselves with a nutrient-dense meal or snack that supports them feeling and looking youthful,” says Kara Landau, a registered dietitian and the founder of Uplift Food. “They also offer a great vehicle to incorporate a range of diverse antioxidant-packed, gut-healthy nutrients that support healthy skin, nails, hair, and overall liveliness.”
Shena Jaramillo, MS, RD, also says that “smoothies are a good way to get in vitamin E, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids, which all carry anti-inflammatory properties which can help you feel better and reduce the impacts of aging.” Your daily drink can also feature fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients that may boast free-radical scavengers, which can help to keep you in peak condition.
So, what are the best anti-aging smoothies, according to the experts? Read on to find out. And next, don’t miss The Best Way to Keep Your Memory Sharp As You Age.
Want a nutritious way to start the day? Landau suggests a gut-healthy prebiotic fiber green smoothie for breakfast which “is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and prebiotics to nourish your body from the inside out.”
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Later in the day, Landau says that you might want to enjoy a “mouth-watering antioxidant, prebiotic, and probiotic-packed dark chocolate and almond butter smoothie … not just because it tastes decadent and feels like an indulgence, but also because of the nutrient-packed benefits of all the prebiotics, fiber, cacao, collagen, yogurt, and more.”
Landau says this smooth can help you achieve glowing skin, healthy digestion, and overall feelings of wellness.
Jaramillo recommends a vegan tropical smoothie that includes body-boosting ingredients like almond milk, tofu, frozen banana, frozen strawberry, frozen mango, and hemp seeds. While it’s another drink that you might want to enjoy in the morning, it would also be a refreshing treat at any time of day!
Danielle Edenworth of HealthyLand, a health and fitness expert with a focus on nutrition and general well-being, offers her recipe for “a tropical delight.”
All you need to do is “blend half a pineapple, two small mangoes, two kiwis, one handful of flaxseeds, one cup freshly squeezed orange juice, or 1-1/2 cups water and 2–3 ice cubes. Toss extra ice to make it slushier. This recipe makes two refreshing smoothie glasses.”
Eleana Kaidanian, RD, CDN, CPT-WFS, dietitian, and owner of Long Island Nutritionist, a private virtual practice based in New York, also has a recipe for Eat This, Not That!
For one serving, blend:
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk of your choice (try vanilla almond milk)
- 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/3 cup frozen blackberries
- half a medium banana
- 1 tsp of honey (optional)
- 1 scoop of collagen peptides
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