5 Simple Smoothie Recipes

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5 Simple Smoothie Recipes

A Guest Post by Sherry Smilar. 

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I love smoothies! They can make a healthy addition to any meal or snack. If you can keep them cold, they can travel well and are great for mornings when you don’t have much time. In this article you’ll find some ideas on how to make smoothies and 5 simple smoothie recipes to get you started.

SIMPLE SMOOTHIE BASICS

Smoothies can come in many different varieties. My smoothies take on a common theme where I include a protein source, something to make it smooth and creamy, a fruit or vegetable to make it healthy and maybe something to make it taste good if needed. Some of these fall into more than one category.

Protein source

Many women don’t eat enough protein. Smoothies are a good way to supplement your protein intake. For protein sources I like to include:

– Yogurt (especially Greek)

– Hemp seeds

– Nut butters

– Cooked mild tasting beans like a white bean

– Protein powder

Something to make it smooth and creamy

It’s called a smoothie for a reason. Smoothies should be smooth and creamy. If you are looking for a more frosty smoothy, then you probably want to leave out this part and add some ice. To make the smoothie, smooth and creamy I add:

– Yogurt

– Banana

– Avocado

– Frozen mango

Fruit or vegetable to make it healthy

A smoothie is a good place to get more fruits and vegetables. Here are some that I like to include:

– Bananas (almost all my smoothies have bananas)

– Spinach

– Mango

– Blueberries

– Strawberries

– Pineapple

– Beets

– Kale (small leafed baby kale is the best option for a smoothie)

– Carrots

A liquid

I often use water, but any kind of liquid works well. Here are some options:

– Almond milk

– Leftover cooled green tea or herbal tea

– Orange or apple juice

Something to make it taste good

I mentioned earlier that I include bananas in most of my smoothies. Not only do bananas make it the smoothie smooth and creamy, they also make it taste good. Here are some ways to make your smoothie taste delicious:

– Banana

– A little honey

– Dates

– Any other fruit

You need a great blender

You can’t make a great smoothie without a great blender. I recommend either a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Before I got my Blendtec blender my smoothies were often more like chunkies than smoothies. This is especially important if you are including frozen fruit or vegetables like beets and carrots.

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SIMPLE SMOOTHIE RECIPES

I use the term recipe loosely. When Randi asked me to write recipe posts I was a little concerned. You see, I rarely measure anything. And with smoothies, the taste will depend so much on the sweetness of the fruits and vegetables you are adding, so you will likely need to adjust these to taste anyway. 

To get the smoothest smoothie, start with the liquid, add the greens if you are having them. Then add the frozen fruit and the harder vegetables. 

The recipes below generally make two servings.

green smoothie

Green smoothie

This is the smoothie I make most often. I like it for a morning snack or for lunch.

2 cups spinach or baby kale

4 tbsp hemp seeds

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/4 to 1/2 avocado (optional)

Water to get desired consistency (Start with 8 to 12 oz)

Blueberry Banana Breakfast smoothie

If your current breakfast is mostly sugary cereal, or you are tired of eggs for breakfast then give this a try.

1 Banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Water

beet and greens smoothie

Green Smoothie In Disguise

Have you ever made a smoothie with spinach and blueberries? The result is an ugly grey disaster. But add a beet to your smoothie and it comes out pink. My son hated the green colour of smoothies, but when it was pink, it was a hit.

1 small peeled beet

1/2 cup frozen mango

2 cups of spinach or baby kale

4 tbsp hemp seeds 

Frozen mango (optional)

Water

Chocolate almond banana

Protein powder is one way of adding more protein to your diet, but on it’s own it doesn’t taste very good. Adding a few extra ingredients makes it a creamy smoothie. It’s best to use a frozen banana or to add some ice if you are drinking it right away because it won’t be very cold. You can also turn it into a mocha flavoured treat by using cold coffee as the liquid.

1 scoop Chocolate protein powder (Or use vanilla flavoured)

1 banana

1-2 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp cocoa to make it more chocolaty

1 cup water or other liquid

1 cup ice (optional) 

Mango Pineapple Smmothie

Tropical smoothie

This smoothie is a summertime treat, but I sneak in some carrots for extra veggies and some optional turmeric. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and it also makes this smoothie extra yellow. 

1 banana

1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup baby carrots

Orange juice or water to taste

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SUMMARY

Smoothies are a great way to add fruit, vegetables and a healthy protein source to your diet. These are just a few ideas. Use this as an inspiration to create your own smoothie ideas. If you liked these recipes, you can download my free guide to Hormone Balancing Breakfast Ideas.

About Sherry

Sherry is a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer. She helps women reduce symptoms of menopause using simple fitness and nutrition habits. You can find out more about her at sherrysmilar.com

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