Sweet potato breakfast smoothie
Courtesy Bonnie Taub-Dix
A leftover sweet potato from dinner gives you a head start for this natural energy drink that jump-starts your day. “Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and fiber that provide long-lasting energy along with vitamins A and C,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It.
1/2 medium baked sweet potato
1/2 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon ground sweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
3 ice cubes
Directions: Blend ingredients in a blender on high. Makes 3 cups.
Dr. Green Detox Smoothie for Energy
Courtesy Get Off Your Acid
“When you need a real power punch of energy and cleansing vitality, you can’t do better than a straight-up green smoothie,” says chiropractor Daryl “Dr. Green” Gioffre, founder of the Gioffre Chiropractic Wellness Center in New York, NY, and author of Get Off Your Acid. Be sure to check out these 31 energy boosters that aren’t coffee.
1 handful of spinach
1/2 lemon, peeled
1-inch ginger, fresh
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 small handful of cilantro
1 small handful of parsley
1 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
Optional: organic stevia or 1 date, handful of ice
Directions: Blend ingredients.