If you’re short on time in the mornings and just can’t whip up a breakfast of champions before heading out the door, why not power up with a smoothie that’s a health-boosting glass of goodness?

Smoothies with just the right ingredients can fit into your everyday meal plan and provide you with real health and nutritious must-haves like antioxidants, iron, protein.  If you can’t whip up a healthy concoction in the morning, try doing so the night before and just store it in a pitcher in the fridge.  So all you have to do when you wake up the next morning is guzzle down the goodness! If you need rebalancing after a draining day, consider drinking one of these elixirs in the evening.

If you plan to enjoy your smoothie as a meal, be sure to include more than just fruit in it. Adding ingredients that contain protein and healthful fats, as well as vegetables, make for a more balanced smoothie.

Here’s to good health! Cheers!

Ginger/Turmeric Smoothie–anti-inflammatory remedy, natural antibiotic, soothes sore throats, helps to combat fever and cold viruses

1 orange, chopped (remove seeds)

juice from one lemon

2 cups of chopped fresh kale

1 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1 green apple, chopped

1 Tbsp honey

1 chopped large carrot

1-inch piece of fresh ginger (washed, peeled)

10-20 drops of trace minerals

Place all ingredients into juicer, blend, then pour

Golden Beet, Carrot and Turmeric Smoothie–helps with vision, aids digestion, combats cold viruses

2 golden beets, chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

1 banana, peeled, sliced

4 mandarin oranges, peeled

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 1/2 cup cold water

(top with hemp seeds or grated carrot)

Add all ingredients into juicer, blend, then pour

Anti-Cold Virus Smoothie–fights bacterial infections, attacks cold and flu viruses, cardiovascular benefits

2 1/2 cups pomegranate juice

2 cups of chopped fresh spinach

1/2 small avocado, chopped

2 cups of mixed frozen berries

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1/2 banana, sliced

Add all ingredients into a juicer, blend, then pour

Spicy Banana Smoothie–reduces inflammation, aids digestion, detoxifies body, helps alleviate arthritic pain, attacks cold viruses

1-inch piece of fresh ginger (washed, peeled)

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1 cup of fresh kale, chopped

2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

3 small bananas, sliced

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Add all ingredients into a juicer, blend, then pour

Minty Watermelon Smoothie–helps protect against degenerative diseases, natural decongestant that helps blast phlegm and mucus

2 cups fresh Swiss chard (remove stems), chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint (remove stems)

2 cups watermelon, chopped (no seeds)

2 cups mango, chopped

juice of one lime

1 tsp honey

Add all ingredients into a juicer, blend, then pour