I have always been a fruit smoothie fan and make them often at home. But, I viewed them more as a treat or a refreshing breakfast drink rather than a healing elixir or diet option.
After watching the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” I am sold on the benefits of blending or juicing fruits and vegetables. Although the movie focused more on juices than smoothies, I personally prefer blending the ingredients.
When you juice foods you are left with liquid, but throw away most of the bulk. When they are blended you are left with a more filling, high fiber meal replacement. Though, fresh juice is definitely a healthy option, if you are like me and prefer the smoothie route, here are some good options for you to try!
This recipe is super simple. All you need is a blender and the following ingredients:
- 1-2 bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- a couple handfuls of spinach
Add just enough water to blend and enjoy, that’s it! Forget the dehydrating morning latte and get the glow with a Green Smoothie instead.
Green Smoothie Popsicle
Green Smoothie Popsicle Ingredients:
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 cups frozen berries (your choice)
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup water
Blend until creamy smooth, pour into Popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy a healthy snack as a treat. Going green never tasted so good!
Morning Green Juice
This recipe makes approximately 32 ounces.
- 2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
- big fistful of kale
- big fistful of sweet pea sprouts
- 4–5 stalks celery
- 1–2 big broccoli stems
- 1 pear or green apple (optional)
- 1 inch of ginger (or less)
Other optional greens we love: romaine, parsley, spinach and dandelion.
Another Green Smoothie
I made this one for breakfast with unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of yogurt. It was great!
- 1 large orange, peeled and segmented
- 1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
- 6 large strawberries
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
- 1 cup ice
Vodka Smoothie Recipe
A fun twist on the typical smoothie for a healthy adult beverage.
- 2 cups ice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 banana, peeled
- 5 strawberries, stems removed, plus more sliced, for garnish
- 2 clementines, peeled