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6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

6 Quick And Healthy Drink Recipes For Busy People

Quick and healthy drink recipes can be great tools to help you consume more nutrients in less time—and who doesn’t want that? Smoothies, juices, and even blended oatmeal drinks can be a great way to work in some protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into your day without having to stop, pull out a pan, cook, or worse—run through the drive-thru out of desperation.

But not all quick and healthy drinks are healthy, especially those that are sold in stores and high in added sugars or mainly based off fruit juice to sweeten them. When preparing a healthy drink for yourself to serve as something to tide you over in between meals or serve as a meal, it’s highly important to keep your blood sugar levels in mind. Remember, if the drink you’re making is going to leave you shaky and hungry in an hour, there’s really not much point. You’ll want to make a drink with plenty of easily digested protein, some fiber from greens and low-glycemic fruits, and/or whole grains like oatmeal or even quinoa if you don’t have time to make a hot breakfast. You can also toss in some superfoods if you enjoy them, but they’re not necessary.

Give these 7 quick and healthy drink recipes a try if you have a busy schedule or just want something quick and healthy for your next meal.  You can try one each day this week, and all you need is a blender and some basic ingredients to get started. Enjoy!

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

    Vitamin Sunshine

    This might look like dessert, but it’s actually packed with nutrition! Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie by Vitamin Sunshine packs iron, protein, probiotics, and minerals into one meal. You’ll love this one so much, you might even want to enjoy it for dessert.

    2. Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie

      Jennifer Meyering

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      Fruit, protein, healthy fats, and fiber make up this Strawberry Coconut Protein Smoothie. This is the perfect combo for both taste and satisfaction, and it would be a great option to serve as a breakfast or lunch replacement in a rush.

      3. Pear Ginger Smoothie

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        Recipe Runner

        If your tummy is feeling out of sorts, this Pear Ginger Smoothie is for you! Pears are a great source of fiber that are gentle on the system, and ginger is a well-known tummy tamer when it comes to nausea, indigestion, gas, and bloating. This smoothie even goes a step further by including some mineral-rich greens and probiotic-rich yogurt so your system gets everything it needs to stay balanced throughout the morning and afternoon. Best of all? It tastes like dessert!

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        4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake

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          Jennifer Meyering

          Chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite combination among many, but peanut butter can be a bit high in fat and may lead to indigestion for some. Thankfully, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Apple Protein Shake uses peanut powder in place of high-fat peanut butter, and it has apples and cocoa which are both great sources of fiber and antioxidants. Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack since it’s naturally high in protein and will help tide you over no matter when you make it!

          5. Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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            Well Plated 

            Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie is a great meal replacement smoothie since it includes low sugar fruits, protein, whole grains from oats, and plenty of other sources of fiber from fresh produce. Strawberries and kiwis are also both high in Vitamin C to help protect your immunity and enhance your mood since the vitamin reduces stress on all levels within the body. This smoothie is also perfect for summer as the days start heating up soon!

            6. Caramel Apple Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

              Running With Spoons

              If you’re a fan of the convenience and flavor of overnight oats, you’ll love this healthy drink recipe by Running With Spoons. You just make the overnight oats as normal, give it a blend in the morning with the other ingredients, and off you go to start your day on a satisfied and nourished foot!

              For more quick and healthy recipe ideas, see these 15 smoothie recipes that are great for weight loss.

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              Last Updated on January 11, 2021

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

              Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

              1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

              Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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              2. Stress Relief

              Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

              3. Improved Sleep

              Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

              4. Appetite Control

              Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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              5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

              When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

              6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

              Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

              7. Mosquito Repellant

              Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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              8. Pain Relief

              While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

              9. The New Anti-Viral

              Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

              10. Improved Cognitive Function

              Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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              11. Money Saving

              With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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