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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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!