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5 Easy Tips to Make Your Green Smoothies Better

Adapted from simplegreensmoothies.com

1) Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks. [I personally think this one is the most important!] Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.

2) Follow the 60/40 formula. When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. Use the 60% fruit/40% greens rule.  Add chia seeds and/or some protein powder to round out your 60/40 formula, and voila! You’ve just created the perfect meal.

3) Freeze your fruits & forego the ice. Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).

4) Avoid juices and artificial sweetners. Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted date, we can easily avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars. The healthiest bases use filtered water or your favorite milk substitute.

5) Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food. Life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can prep your green smoothies and blend the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.

Daily Burn has some great GREEN smoothies that you can try at home.

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Marcus’ Favorite Smoothie Recipe

via Marcus EdwardesAVAC

Marcus

Now, there is nothing better, after a long ride or a hard Spin, than a delicious and healthy home-made smoothie! I wanted to share a very simple recipe with you, it’s my favorite smoothie of all time! I’ve been making this smoothie for years and my wife and 8 year old daughter are huge fans as well. I originally found the recipe in a brilliant book on fitness and nutrition that I read many years ago called “The Abs Diet”. Great meal plans and excellent, simple workout routines. I highly recommend it!

So here’s the recipe:

Abs Diet Ultimate Power Smoothie

  • 1 Cup 1% Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt
  • 3/4 Cup of Instant Oatmeal (the recipe says cooked – I never bother and just add it dry – it’s still tastes great!)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Peanut Butter (I can’t stand Jif – I use Trader Joe’s salted natural smooth)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Chocolate Whey
  • Handful of Ice Cubes

Directions
Chuck it all in a blender, hit start – and Bob’s your Uncle! If you are feeling especially deserving, don’t hold back: Add a scoop of vanilla… ridiculous!

 

Cheers, Marcus


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15 Surprisingly Creative Vegan Smoothie Recipes

via Leonora Epstein – BuzzFeed

1. Chocolate Raspberry Fig Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Fig Smoothie

Oh YUM. Figs? In a smoothie? Yaaass. Cook Republic’s recipe also includes cashews, paprika, and maple syrup. Intrigued? Get the full recipe here.

2. Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie

Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie

This is one of those genius ideas that makes you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The more adventurous could add rum. Just sayin’. Get the full recipe at Foodie With Family.

3. Vegan Green Tea Chia Smoothie

Vegan Green Tea Chia Smoothie

Mom Foodie’s combo of banana, matcha powder, and chia seeds packs this treat with 10 grams of fiber. Get the full recipe here.

4. Chamomile, Strawberry, and Quinoa Smoothie

Chamomile, Strawberry, and Quinoa Smoothie

Didn’t even realize you could use quinoa to thicken a smoothie. Duly noted. Get the full recipe at Aprons and Sneakers.

5. Tart Cherry “Revitalizer” Smoothie

Tart Cherry "Revitalizer" Smoothie

This blend by Averie Cooks involves tart cherries and coconut water (which makes this sort of like a zingy sports drink). Get the full recipe here.

6. Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie

This has got a whole bunch of oils, seeds, nibs, and whatever healthy what have yous. Basically, it’s liquid health. Get the recipe The Healthy Family and Home.

7. Gingered Plum Smoothie

Gingered Plum Smoothie

Almond butter, beets, and coconut manna go into this very, very pretty smoothie. Get the full recipe at Grant Us the Luxury.

8. Cashew, Mango, and Blueberry Smoothie

Cashew, Mango, and Blueberry Smoothie

Oats and meaty nuts make give this breakfast-perfect smoothie a great consistency. Get the recipe at Cook Republic.

9. Apple Pie Shake

Apple Pie Shake

If you can attempt to recreate a pie in liquid form, I’m all for it. Get the full recipe atMilking Almonds.

10. Creamy Coconut and Pomegranate Smoothie

Creamy Coconut and Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranate is another ingredient you wouldn’t necessarily think to use in your blender. (Oh and there are hidden greens in this one, sneaking in a dose of vitamins.) Get the full recipe at With Food + Love.

11. Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Rebecca Weller/vegansparkles.com

Oh hell to the yes. Get the full recipe at Vegan Sparkles.

12. Honeydew Almond Milk Smoothie

Honeydew Almond Milk Smoothie

There are just three ingredients in the melon-y, nutty beverage. Get the recipe atTasty Yummies.

13. Vegan Mango Lassi

Vegan Mango Lassi

Guess what gives this lassi its creamy texture. Seriously… guess. OK, fine. It’s WHITE BEANS. (!!!!) Get the full recipe at Melomeals.

14. Pumpkin Chai Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin Chai Breakfast Smoothie

Sarah McMinn / Via thesweetlifeonline.com

It’s like a creamy, frosty tea/pie. Brilliant. Get the full recipe at The Sweet Life.

15. Avocado Smoothie with Kiwi and Lime

Avocado Smoothie with Kiwi and Lime

Feasting at Home’s avo-kiwi recipe can also be turned into a vegan gelato. Get the recipe here.


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Pina Colada Smoothie

via Cooking Classy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almond Milk Plus Protein, divided
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 (5.3) oz Vanilla or Strawberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 overripe banana, chilled
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple, chilled
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Directions

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup Almond Milk with 1/4 cup quick oats. Microwave on high power 2 1/2 minutes. Pour cooked oat mixture into a blender along with remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple and coconut extract. Blend mixture on low speed for 2 minutes or high speed for 1 minute. Add in ice cubes and puree until well blended. Serve immediately.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Notes

If you want an even colder smoothie, stir the oatmeal after microwaving and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before blending into smoothie.


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Easy Blueberry Pie Smoothie

via Healthy Mama Info

blueberry-pie-smoothie

  • Yield: 2 glasses (1-2 Servings)
  • Prep: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 Bananas sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 handful Raw almonds

Instructions

Blend all ingredients until smooth.