Nurses work a lot of crazy shifts. Night shifts, 12-hour shifts and rotating shifts can leave you completely exhausted and wondering how you can function at all. Try some of these great recipes for energizing smoothies, that are sure to get the blood pumping and give you the fuel you need to carry on. These shakes also work great if you need some energy before work. Blend one up for breakfast and take it on the go.
Energizing green tea, strawberry and banana smoothie
- 1 medium sliced banana
- 1 1/2 cups green tea, chilled and made with 6 tea bags
- 2 cups frozen unsweetened mixed berries
- 3 tablespoons of honey
Blend ingredients in a blender till smooth. Makes 3 cups.
Minty honey-dew and pear Smoothie
The ideal flavor for this great smoothie is lemon flavor. But if you can't find lemon flavored, you can use vanilla or plain. When blackberries are in season, you can buy them fresh and freeze them —frozen berries are important in this recipe to create the thick texture.
- 2 cups of frozen blackberries
- 1/2 cup of apple cider
- 1 medium red apple, such as gala or Fuji, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces
- 2/3 cup (2 6-oz containers) nonfat lemon yogurt
In a blender, puree the blackberries cider, apple and yogurt until smooth.
Banana Peanut-Butter Smoothie
Frozen bananas are the key ingredient in this energizing smoothie. The texture is much like ice-cream. Add the peanut butter and you've got a healthy version of peanut butter ice-cream. Who could possibly pass this one up?
- 1 medium banana, cut in half
- 1/2 cup (low-fat ) milk
- 1 teaspoon creamy peanut butter
- 3 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients till smooth . Makes about 1 1/2 cups.