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Super Smoothies To Try For A Healthy Boost

Super Smoothies To Try For A Healthy Boost

If you’re looking for a way to get an extra shot of vitamins into your daily diet, smoothies are the number one choice. Why?

  1. They’re easy to make, digest, and travel with. If you’re stuck for time in the morning, you can make them the night before and have a healthy ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast.
  2. They’re a great way to incorporate healthy produce you don’t enjoy in your diet. If you’re a picky eater and don’t like certain vegetables (like the power greens spinach and kale), you can get their incredible nourishing benefits by blending them with sweet fruits and nut butters.
  3. They strengthen your immune system. We’ve all heard that we need to eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, but studies have found that only 1 in 10 adults meet this recommendation. By consuming a smoothie made up of fruits, vegetables and superfoods, you can easily get your daily need of nutrient-dense foods.  
  4. They’re great afternoon pick-me-ups. Smoothies are often only considered as morning food but with their nutrient-dense content, they’re a top snack when the 3pm slump hits, giving you an energy boost that lasts until dinnertime.

So, blend your way to a healthy body with these recipes.

5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup organic spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup bananas
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons silken tofu 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If too thick, add a splash more juice or water. For more sweetness, add extra frozen banana.
  2. Pour into two serving glasses and enjoy.

Blueberry Maple Protein Shake

Blueberry Maple Protein Shake

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • Sweetener of choice (to taste)
  • 10-15 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Place all of your ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined. If it appears too runny, add more ice. If it's too thick, add more water. Add more sweetener or extract at the end if the flavour isn't strong enough for your taste.

Gingery Mango & Berry Smoothie

Gingery Mango & Berry Smoothie

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

For smoothie

  • 2 1/4 cups frozen chopped mango (if fresh, add 1 cup ice)
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen raspberries and/or strawberries 
  • 1 cup light coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medium lime, juiced 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/8 scant teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons protein powder of choice or hemp seeds 

For serving (optional)

  • Coconut yoghurt or full-fat coconut milk
  • Berries
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Hemp seeds

Directions:

  1. To a high-speed blender add mango, berries, coconut or almond milk, lime, ginger, shredded coconut, cayenne pepper (optional), and protein powder of choice (optional).
  2. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. If it has trouble blending, add more coconut, almond milk, or water.
  3. Serve as is or layer with coconut yogurt or milk and top with desired toppings. I prefer berries, hemp seeds, and coconut flake.
  4. Enjoy fresh or refrigerate leftovers for 3 days. Or store in the freezer (as a smoothie or Popsicles) up to 1 month.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie

Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 small banana (frozen without the peel and quartered)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until well combined. Add more frozen blueberries or banana to make it thicker or more almond milk to thin it out.

Peach Oat Smoothie

Peach Oat Smoothie

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe peaches 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds  
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats 
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave, maple syrup, or a pinch of stevia 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and let set for 5-10 minutes so the oats and chia seeds can soak. Then blend until smooth.
  2. To thicken, add another quarter-half a frozen banana. To thin, add more almond milk or orange juice.
  3. Taste and adjust flavour as needed.
  4. Serve immediately.

Hot Pink Beet Smoothie

Hot Pink Beet Smoothie

Recipe via The First Mess

Ingredients:

  • 1 clementine or tangerine, peeled and broken into segments
  • 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup red berries of choice (such as raspberries or strawberries)
  • ½ ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • 2 tablespoons raw or roasted almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place the clementine, beet, red berries, banana, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and sea salt, if using, into a high-speed blender. Blend the mixture on high for 2 minutes, or until completely smooth.
  2. Serve the smoothie cold.

Peanut Butter Vanilla Green Shake

Peanut Butter Vanilla Green Shake

Recipe via The First Mess

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened, natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder OR extract
    tiniest pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup ice

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in an upright blender and blitz on high until completely smooth.

Super Healthy Green Colada

Super Healthy Green Colada

Recipe via The First Mess

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk (from a can)
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in an upright blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Hearty Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Hearty Chocolate Oat Smoothie

Recipe via The First Mess

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Handful of ice, optional

Directions:

  1. In an upright blender, combine the non-dairy milk, oats, almond butter, cocoa powder, flax seeds, vanilla, banana, salt, cinnamon, and ice (if using). Put the lid on and bring the blender speed up to high. Blend until the smoothie is totally smooth and frothy. Enjoy immediately!

Wild Ginger Green Smoothie

Wild Ginger Green Smoothie

Recipe via The First Mess

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped kale, packed
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ ripe banana, frozen
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Directions:

  1. In an upright blender, combine the coconut water, non-dairy milk, lime juice, kale, pineapple, banana, and ginger. Blend on high for a full minute, or until totally smooth. Enjoy immediately!
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