Health boosting smoothies

What better way to make sure you get your five portions of fruit and veg you need on a daily basis than to drink a delicious smoothie? They're easy to make and a great source of protein, calcium and vitamins as long as you choose the right ingredients. Hot Searches is here to help with some delicious recipe ideas.

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Bananas are full of potassium which helps your body in many ways such as regulating your blood pressure and ensuring proper muscle tissue growth. Strawberries contain antioxidants which fight free radicals that can damage cells in your body. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C which everyone knows is an important vitamin and without it you are prone to all sorts of diseases such as scurvy.

So why not combine these fruits in one smoothie? This one is particularly good in the morning to give you an energy boost for the day.

Mix 120ml of plain low-fat yogurt with half a banana, a handful of frozen strawberries and 60ml of orange juice. Mix the ingredients together with a good blender and enjoy!

Vegetable juices are a great way to pack extra vitamins as well as fibre into your smoothies. The following recipe is great for detoxing since it contains apples rich in fibre, celery to aid digestion and beetroot which is rich in iron, folic acid and is good for reducing blood pressure.

Blend together half a raw beetroot, 1 stick of celery, 3 large apples and 2 large carrots. This smoothie is great for cleansing your body if you've been partying too hard.

If you're a fan of berries, why not try this recipe? Use 50g of raspberries, 25g of blueberries, 75g strawberries and 150ml of pomegranate juice blended together until smooth. Don't forget to serve it with some crushed ice.

This smoothie is tasty and good for you: raspberries are extremely high in antioxidants, vitamin C and manganese which help protect the body's tissue from oxygen-related damage. Raspberries also contain lots of vitamin B. Blueberries are another power fruit. They may be small but they contain plenty of health-boosting nutrients. Pomegranate juice is thought to fight breast cancer, prostate cancer and osteoarthritis amongst other things.

If you want a slightly more tropical smoothie, this one contains melon and mango. Melons are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Mangoes are good for combating acidity and poor digestion and are thought to help relieve clogged pores in your skin. They are also a good source of vitamin A, E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments. This recipe also includes soya milk which is a good source of protein.

Take 125g of cantaloupe melon, half a mango, 4 dried apricots and 100 ml of soya milk and blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Once you've started making these delicious smoothie recipes, there's nothing to stop you creating your own drinks. So what are you waiting for?