Now September has arrived, it's time to focus on your health. The month is notorious for colds and flu, thanks to everyone heading back to school and work. And as we enter autumn, we want something a little more comforting than a green juice when it comes to boosting our immune system. Instead, look to smoothies as a way to get a ton of nutrients into your system with the tap of a blender button.
What's great about a healthy smoothie is that there are no rules; you can drop whatever you want into the blender, from iron-rich spinach leaves (a known fatigue-fighter) to antioxidant blueberries. Your base can be any type of milk or juice, and then you can add to it as many wellness boosters as you like, from stress-busting adaptogens to cold-fighting echinacea. The potential concoctions are endless, so we've pulled together 10 healthy smoothie recipes from Pinterest, each with over 10K repins, and they all look amazing. Now you just have to keep scrolling and decide which one to blitz up first.
1) The Filling breakfast smoothie
With oats and banana blended with blueberries, this breakfast smoothie from food blogger Jessica Wood should keep you satiated until lunchtime.
2) The Protein Smoothie
Not a fan of protein powder? This chocolate smoothie uses protein-rich Greek yoghurt instead.
3) The Anti-Bloat Smoothie
Masterminded by Happy Healthy Mama, this anti-bloat smoothie combines potassium-rich banana (to prevent water retention) and apple cider vinegar (known to reduce gas and bloating), among other things.
4) The Cold-Combatting Smoothie
So simple. This smoothie combines orange, honey, vanilla and Greek yoghurt. It's also rich in vitamin C and calcium to bolster your immune system.
5) The Wake-Up Smoothie
Tend to just drink a coffee and run in the morning, forgoing that all-important meal called breakfast? Try this coffee-based smoothie by Live Eat Learn; it's packed with oats and banana too, so you get the caffeine kick, plus some slow-release energy to boot.
6) The Glowing Skin Smoothie
Nutrient-dense ingredients like avocado and pineapple go into this smoothie for glowing skin. Put it to the test by following Sally's Baking Addiction's recipe
7) The Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Who doesn't love a blueberry muffin? They're just not exactly the healthiest. Happiness Is Homemade smoothie recipe is way healthier and tastes great.
8) The Stress-Buster Smoothie
The key ingredients for fighting stress and beating colds in Simply Healthy Kitchen's smoothie are oranges, carrots and ginger.
9) The Post-Workout Smoothie
Packed with so many tasty ingredients from medjool dates and cacao to peanut butter and banana, this carb-rich smoothie by The Glowing Fridge is ideal for refuelling for after a punishing workout.
10) The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is generally quite soothing for the digestive system. Try Lively Table's recipe.
Want to make your own smoothies? We recommend getting a Nutri Bullet (£99). The space-saving piece of kit is great if you want to blend and go.