Kick bad breath with a smoothie
SUMMARY: Smoothies can soothe your hot mouth and cool you off in the summer as well as help you battle bad breath.
Posted: July 16, 2013
When the weather is muggy and the sun is brutally hot, there are few things that sound better than a refreshing and cool smoothie. Luckily, smoothies tend to be jam-packed with fruits and vegetables that keep the body and mouth healthy. However, if you've ever checked out the nutritional value of smoothies at chain restaurants, there tends to be much more sugar and calories than you might expect. Why not skip the drive thru and make your own smoothie filled with vitamins and nutrients that will not only help keep your waistline trim, but bad breath at bay? Break out the blender and try out these summer smoothie recipes that are yummy and nutritional.
Keep it simple
Smoothies can be as easy as frozen fruits, like strawberries and blueberries, sugar-free juice and nonfat Greek yogurt. In fact, this simple concoction is great way to get your necessary vitamins, as well as alleviate bad breath. Strawberries and blueberries have both been noted for their antioxidants that combat bad breath-causing bacteria, and yogurt contains properties that promote oral health. If you don't want to get super creative – and who has time for that? – stick to a straight-forward recipe with sugar-free ingredients for a healthy snack.
Freeze two bananas and add in one ripe mango, half a ripe papaya, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup coconut milk and one ounce of fresh ginger. Combine of all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy the tropical, sweet and refreshing beverage. This smoothie is great for treating bad breath because of the ginger in it. Ginger is a miracle root that provides a laundry list of benefits to the body, but it also is a known fresh breath food. Because of the strong scent and anti-bacterial properties, ginger can kick bad breath quickly.
Honeydew and cucumber smoothie
Combine a medium-sized honeydew melon - cubed and frozen - with one medium cucumber, 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt, juice from half a lemon, one tablespoon of a sugar substitute and two tablespoons of freshly chopped mint. Top this delicious smoothie with two mint sprigs for an extra boost of fresh breath. This cool, green drink's most powerful ingredient to battle halitosis is fairly obvious: mint. The fresh flavor of the mint will help to get rid of bad breath, while the vitamins and anti-bacterial properties in lemon and cucumber will keep you feeling great.
Some helpful tips
If you want to create your own smoothie blend, you'll want to consider keeping a few items out of your smoothie. For example, many stores will add ice cream or sherbet to give smoothies that creamy texture and sweet flavor. But both of these ingredients are loaded with sugar and can actually make your bad breath worse. If you are really in the mood for something sweet, add a few drops of agave nectar and use frozen Greek yogurt.
Avocado is a superfood, and while it doesn't necessarily combat bad breath itself, it can work to reduce the possibility of a smelly mouth. For example, the healthy fat in avocados will fill you up, leaving you with less of a desire to continue eating after your smoothie.
If you're looking for more bad breath busting ingredients to add to your smoothie, consider lemon as long as you don't add too much as the acidic nature can do damage. Consider throwing in a handful of spinach or other healthy greens as well that don't have too much flavor but will just add a splash of vitamins to your beverage.