SMOOTHIE RECIPES (WITH CBD)

SMOOTHIE RECIPES (WITH CBD)

Smoothies with natural and healthy ingredients are deemed superfoods because they are loaded with healthy compounds. Adding CBD to them, as in this article, adds to their value.

Smoothies are many people’s all-time best drinks since they can be taken anytime. They promise great flexibility and versatility. Onecan enjoy them when going for a workout, after workout sessions, when suffering from a hangover, when starting your day, or when ending the day. They are easy to prepare; the greener they are, the better. Did you know that CBD can form a great ingredient in your smoothie recipe? Early research sees potential in CBD helping with a range of issues, and featuring it in your smoothie recipe means taking the value and health gain to another level. Here is all you need to know about preparing smoothies with CBD.

What’s the Deal with Smoothies?

Recently, there have been medical directives warning people against artificial foods. The emphasis is on natural, plant-based alternatives; smoothies feature many greens, vegetables, and fruits. According to Singh et al. (2016), fruits like bananas boast many health benefits, and so do the greens that form the basis of smoothies. As long as you carefully choose the ingredients for your smoothie, you can have your health in check.

Are All Smoothies Good?

 The ingredients used in the smoothie determine if it adds value to your health or is unsafe, and that’s where the homemade versions come into the picture. Preparing cookies at home helps you have fullcontrol over what goes into the cookies. Having all the time to choose the ingredients right means you can focus more on healthy ones to boost the smoothie’s nutritional value.

What Is CBD, and What Does It Do to the Smoothie?

According to Massi et al. (2006) and Bauer et al. (2020), CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in hemp and other cannabis plants. Such compounds are called cannabinoids and are more than 140 in nature. Of the 140+ cannabinoids, CBD stands out for being able to express desired results without making you feel ‘high.’ Moreover, according to Watt & Karl (2017), CBD has therapeutic properties. Preparing CBD-infused foods, drinks, and beverages like smoothies helps you take advantage of the health benefits linked to the cannabinoid.

Mask the Bitter Taste of CBD with Smoothies

Smoothies are complete without CBD, but since studies find CBD therapeutic, smoothies need them to tap on the claimed therapy. Still, CBD oils and tinctures are earthy and bitter, and most consumers who want to take them are hesitant because of the bitterness and earthiness. Therefore, infusing smoothies helps mask the bitter taste of the cannabinoid.

How to Prepare Smoothies with CBD

Smoothies are among the simplest recipes. You only need to collect the ingredients you need for the smoothie. For instance, you can use greens like spinach, celery, kales, carrots, and fruits like bananas, mangoes, and berries. With the ingredients set, you set the blender to your preferred specifications, but all the fruits and vegetables in it blend to smoothness. Here are two examples of smoothies you can explore at home.

Savory Tropical CBD Smoothies

As the name suggests, the savory tropical smoothie is not sweet but savory. It makes a great alternative for those finding normal smoothies too sweet to put up with. They are easy to prepare and involve the following ingredients;

  • 2 drops of broad or full-spectrum CBD oil or tinctures from a brand of interest
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole orange, peeled
  • ½ cup of mango chunks
  • ⅔ cup of crushed coconut water
  • ½ cup of mango chunks
  • ½ teaspoon of peeled and grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of turmeric (should be peeled and grated from fresh, although you can use dried ones if need be)
  • A pinch of salt and cayenne pepper to add flavor to the smoothie
  • ½ cup of ice cubes

Put all the ingredients above and blend them to smooth. If you don’t want to make the whole smoothie have CBD, add a drop of the cannabinoid in the ready-to-drink smoothie served in a cup.

Green Superfood CBD Smoothie

The other smoothie you want to try at home is the green superfood smoothie. As the name suggests, it has many greens, although it also features additional ingredients. Whether you want something for your post-workout recovery or are suffering hangovers, the green superfood smoothie is ideal for you. You need the following ingredients for the smoothie;

  • ½  a cup of kales
  • Half an avocado, preferably peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • ½ cup of cashews
  • 5 drops of broad or full-spectrum CBD oil
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar for sweetening
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder

Put all the ingredients in the blender or smoothie maker, adjust settings to what you want, and blend them to smoo.

Conclusion

Smoothies are deemed superfoods because they boast many helpful compounds, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The more natural your ingredient list is, the healthier and better the smoothie will be. Adding CBD to the smoothie ingredient list boosts the nutritsmoothie’s nutritional valueis article shares two recipes for preparing two examples of commonest smoothies.

References

Bauer, B. A. (2020). What Are The Benefits Of CBD–And Is It Safe To Use?. In Mayo Clinic.

Massi, P., Vaccani, A., Bianchessi, S., Costa, B., Macchi, P., & Parolaro, D. (2006). The non-psychoactive cannabidiol triggers caspase activation and oxidative stress in human glioma cells. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS, 63(17), 2057-2066.

Singh, B., Singh, J. P., Kaur, A., & Singh, N. (2016). Bioactive compounds in banana and their associated health benefits–A review. Food Chemistry206, 1-11.

Watt, G., & Karl, T. (2017). In vivo evidence for therapeutic properties of cannabidiol (CBD) for Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in pharmacology, 8, 20.

MS, University of Tartu
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