So awhile back I posted a recipe for my strawberry oatmeal smoothie that I usually use as a meal replacement in the morning (and sometimes lunch too!) Well some times it’s hard to have the same thing EVERY morning, so here are a few recipes that I like to use (and some I want to try) and I’m going to give you a guide to build your own smoothie so you can come up with your own recipes!
Greencitrusrazzledazzle-1 large bunch/bag of organic baby spinach (stems and all), 4 peeled whole oranges, 1 cup of raspberries, 1/2 cup of ice, 2 bananas and about 1/3 cup of fruit juice (mango puree is awesome) or water. Pack it all in and give it a whirl for a minute.
PMS S.O.S. Smoothie-6oz fat free milk, 1 tbsp chocolate syrup, 1/2 banana, 1/2 C Strawberries, 1 peeled kiwi. Add ice and blend. Rich in vitamin D and calcium!
Simply Strawberry Green Smoothie -2 cups frozen strawberries 1/2 frozen banana 2 tablespoons flaxseeds 3 cups fresh organic baby spinach 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Strawberry Swing-Place 8 frozen strawberries, ½ cup plain kefir or pourable plain yogurt, and ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Spark it up with 2 tablespoons rolled oats, pinch ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons flax meal, or protein powder.
Green Day-Place ½ cup frozen kale, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup plain kefir or pourable plain yogurt, and ¼ cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to freak this one out.
Caribbean Queen-Place 8 pieces frozen mango (about ¾ cup) and ½ cup So Delicious coconut milk into a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add 1 tablespoon chia seeds and pulse just a few times to combine. Serves 1. Extras: You can add ground nutmeg, protein powder, or 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut.
Bananarama-How to: Place 1 peeled frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter, 2 tablespoons cacao powder, and 1/3 cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Throw in protein powder, 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut, a handful of raw almonds, pinch ground cinnamon, or 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
Not Easy Being Green-Place 1 green apple (with skin, cored, and cut into chunks), ½ cup frozen spinach, ½-inch piece peeled, fresh ginger (cut into small pieces), and ½ cup water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Blend in ½ of an avocado or fresh lime juice.
Channel Orange- Place 1 red bell pepper (quartered, stem and seeds removed), 1 peeled navel orange, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Spice it up with cayenne pepper or ground cinnamon.
Blue Magic-Place ¾ cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon almond butter, and ½ cup unsweetened almond milk into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut, a peeled frozen banana, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ½-inch piece peeled, fresh ginger, or 2 tablespoons flax meal.
La Isla Bonita-Place 1 peeled frozen banana, ½ cup frozen kale, and ½ cup coconut water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 1. Extras: Add a boost of protein powder, a handful of raw almonds, or ¼ cup frozen blueberries.
Super Green-two handfuls of baby spinach, 1 apple, 1 bananas, 1 cup of yogurt, 5 strawberries, 1/2 orange. Blend well and enjoy! This will give you tons of energy!
Now that you’ve got a few recipes, here’s a quick guide to help you build your own smoothie!
- Add Fruit-Choose at least 2 types of fruit (Fresh or Frozen) like oranges, banana, melon, apples, grapes, pineapples, mango, etc. You can boost your “health-o-meter” too by adding a few veggies too such as spinach, carrots, kale, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.
- Add Base-Add about 2 C of liquid such as water or juice. You can also use diet lemon lime soda for a nice zing! The more juicy the fruit you add, however, the less liquid you will need to add. Fruits like melons, oranges and citrus are juicier and can be used in place of liquid.
- Thicken it up-give your smoothie the right consistency. Add Ice, nut butter, yogurt, ice cream, coconut meat, chia seeds/nuts, oats, etc. If you use frozen fruits, your smoothie will be thicker already and you wont need to add a thickener.
- Flavor-Add whatever flavor you need! Add sugar/splenda/stevia, honey, maple syrup, figs, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, or herbs such as mint or basil. Be sure to taste your smoothie before you add sweetener to make sure you don’t over sweeten!
- Boost!-Add protein powder, fish oil, goji berries, sprouts, flax, bee pollen, vitamin powder (such as the Ninja Blended Boost!), wheat grass, spiralina, acai, cocoa powder, or a probiotic.
- Add your fresh fruits and veggies first, with the softer ones closest to the blades.
- Blend all your non-frozen items first so they can blend smooth before adding frozen fruit or ice. This also helps you to see how much room you really have!
- Don’t pack your smoothie too tightly! If you try to put too much in there, you won’t be able to blend it well and it will become thick and chunky!
- Don’t have a lot of time in the mornings? Make smoothie packs! Once a week (say Sunday) put all your smoothie ingredients in a sandwich baggie and pop it in the freezer! Then just add the contents of the bag with your choice of liquid and blend for a quick on the go meal or snack!
I hope you enjoy all of these ideas! If you have any recipes or suggestions, leave a comment!!