Smoothies

Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a great way to start the day or for a healthy boost during the afternoon. They’re satisfying and full of antioxidants!

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SMOOTHIE BOWL

1 heaping cup organic frozen mixed berries

1 small ripe banana (sliced and frozen)

2-3 Tbsp light coconut or almond milk (plus more as needed)

1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder of choice* (optional)

TOPPINGS

1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

Granola (optional)

Fruit (optional)


See the entire recipe and directions at the Minimalist Baker.

Green Detox Smoothie

This recipe is just the thing after the rich foods, sweets, and overindulgences of the holidays!

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups baby spinach

2 cups baby kale

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 medium green apple, chopped

1 cup frozen sliced banana

1 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon honey

See the entire recipe and directions on the Damn Delicious recipe blog.

Blueberry Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

I was reading something that said how Smoothie Bowls are the hottest thing- then, since I had to look up what a "smoothie bowl" even was, came across an article that said, "Smoothie bowls are SO 2017"! Well, before today I had never heard of them, so maybe I just live under a rock. They do sound neat though, a smoothie that's a little more filling, that you eat with a spoon rather than a straw- sounds good to me!

My coworker, Liz, loves smoothies for breakfast, but personally, I feel like I need something I can chew a little. Well, smoothie bowls are the perfect happy medium (plus they're a great way to get more fruit in your diet), and since this recipe contains quinoa (a great high protein grain), it can help you to feel more satisfied than a plain fruit smoothie.

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This recipe makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

For the quinoa:

1 Cup Quinoa uncooked
2 Cups Almond Milk  

For the smoothie:

2 Cups Almond Milk
4 Cups Frozen Blueberries

For topping:

1/4 Cup Honey
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Almond Milk
1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted 

See the entire recipe and directions at the Food, Faith Fitness Blog.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

This is a nice fall treat that's perfect for a breakfast or snack!

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Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree
1.5 cups almond milk
2 bananas, peeled
1 cup ice cubes
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds and/or hemp seeds
¼ cup (gluten-free) regular rolled oats (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

*optional: stevia or maple syrup to taste

See the entire recipe and directions at In Sonnet's Kitchen.

Zucchini Smoothie

If you grew zucchini in your garden this year, this is the time that it's likely your kitchen is overflowing with them! Here's a new way to use them! Although it may sound strange, zucchini's mild flavor is very nice and creamy in a smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

1 organic banana, peeled
1 large organic apple, cored
1 organic zucchini, chopped
4 to 6 ounces of filtered water

See the full recipe and directions at Incredible Smoothies.

Also, here's a chocolate zucchini recipe that's really tasty too!

Anti-inflammatory Ginger & Citrus Smoothie

This anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe is as delicious as it is good for you- its a great way to start the day!

Ingredients:

1 medium banana
2 medium oranges, peeled
½-inch knob of fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon Natural Calm Magnesium Powderlemon flavor (optional)
2 tablespoons cashews
½ cup water
½ cup ice
Cayenne pepper

See the entire recipe and directions at Calmful Living.

Easiest Watermelon Smoothie

This smoothie is perfect for summer- for adults and kids alike! We have been drinking this ALL THE TIME- my daughter is a huge fan. The nice thing is that it's so easy to make- every time you cut a fresh watermelon, put a few ziplock bags of watermelon chunks in the freezer and you'll be good to go!

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen cubed watermelon
1 cup water
2 tablespoon of raw honey

optional: stevia to taste (it's definitely tastier for kids with a bit of added stevia)
optional: a few leaves or fresh mint, or any herb in your garden 

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  

Add stevia to taste if desired (stevia is an all natural sugar-free sweetener that has become my new secret weapon in convincing my daughter to drink "healthy smoothies"). It changes this recipe from being moderately tasty to something that tastes like it came from Starbucks.

Add a straw and enjoy, preferably sitting outside in the sun!

 

Orange Wheatgrass Snoothie

Wheatgrass is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood, while still being mild tasting and slightly sweet. This recipe uses simple, easily available ingredients to make a tasty smoothie that's a great way to start the day!

1/4 cup water or coconut water
1/2 cup non dairy milk
1/4 cup fresh wheatgrass OR 1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 orange or 2 tangerines
1/2 banana, frozen
1/2 cup ice

See the full recipe and directions at Blender Babes.

Raw Chocolate Smoothie with Avocado and Raw Honey

This recipe uses cacao powder which is also known as raw chocolate.  It's full of nutrients, and this shake has lots of good fats to keep you satisfied.  It makes a great fast breakfast or a healthy snack.  The avocado gives it such a creaminess, it tastes like an ice cream milkshake!

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 avocado, pitted, chopped
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 cup raw almond milk

See the entire recipe and directions at Organic Authority.

Quick Matcha Superfood Smoothie

Matcha is green tea powder that is packed with antioxidants. This is an easy smoothie to put together since it only uses four ingredients, so it's fast to put together on a hectic morning.

  • 1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha (Japanese green tea) powder

See the entire recipe and directions at Bourbon and Honey.

For more information about the benefits of matcha powder, see this article on our website.

Cacao Superfood Smoothie

One of our customers brought this recipe in, and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it! This is a fantastic shake that's easy to put together.  It's full of nutrient dense foods and is a great energy boost in the morning!

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs. bee pollen
  • 1 tbs. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. maca powder
  • 1 tbs. shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup ice*
  • raw honey to taste (optional)

 

Note: Instead of the ice, you can use a frozen banana if desired.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Delish!

Make Ahead Frozen Smoothie Packs

Smoothies are a fantastic way to start the day, and are a great way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  The only problem is that they can be a little bit fiddly to make in the morning when you’re tired.  Making frozen smoothie packs takes the guesswork out of making smoothies, and you can even label the bags with the days of the week to reuse so you’re ready for a healthy smoothie every day!

Here is a site with five great smoothie pack recipes.  

Here are 10 wonderful Vitamix smoothie pack recipes.  

Smoothie packs are simple to make without a recipe, however, just add your greens and fruits to a bag with some added protein powder, flax, or chia seeds if desired.  In the morning, add your liquids to the blender (coconut water, yogurt, water, or other juices) along with the contents of your prepacked smoothie bags (the ziplock bags can be reused for the following week).  Enjoy!