Healthy Smoothie Round-up

August 6, 2012 · 0 comments

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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!

Green Smoothie

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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
  • water

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

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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

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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

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I made this one for breakfast with unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of yogurt. It was great!

Ingredients:

  • 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

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A fun twist on the typical smoothie for a healthy adult beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 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
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve with strawberry slices for garnish, if desired.

Breakfast Smoothie

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I learned the hard way that cheap blenders do not work well for smoothies and frozen drinks! After months of trying to make a $30 blender turn my frozen fruits into a smooth beverage, I finally gave in and invested in a decent blender. I bought the KitchenAid Metallic 5-Speed Blender Healthy Smoothie Round up and love it! It is my favorite appliance. Though, I have friends and clients who swear by the Vitamix Blender …maybe someday!
I hope you enjoy these recommendations. If you have any other favorite recipes please let me know!

 

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