Local health coach, certified culinary nutrition expert, and blogger Erin Parekh employs the adaptable power of smoothies to reap a variety of health benefits. “Smoothies are an amazing way to jump-start your day and flood your body with nutrients,” she says. “That is, if they’re made correctly. A proper balance of protein, fiber, and fat with minimal fruit is key to keep blood sugar levels stable and hunger in check.” Here, Parekh lets us in on her top recipes.
Immune-Boosting Raspberry Beet
Reach for this smoothie—loaded with vitamin C from the camu powder, raspberries, and beets—when a scratchy throat comes on.
1/3 cup chopped raw red beets
1/3 cup frozen organic raspberries
1/3 of a frozen banana
2 tbsp. hemp hearts
1 tsp. camu powder
8 oz. light or full-fat coconut milk
Top with bee pollen, raspberries, and shredded coconut
This hydrating smoothie brims with electrolytes and alkalizing, detoxifying greens fordepuffing after a night on the town.
8 oz. raw coconut water
1/2 of a lime, juiced
1 heaping handful spinach
1/2 of a cucumber
1/2 of an avocado
1 tsp. chlorella