by Maria on Augutst 17, 2014
Here are two smoothies that are perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning snack. Packed with whole fruits and vegetables, they are high in vitamins, protein, and fiber. For those of you who don’t have a Vitamix, you will be happy to know you can make these in a regular blender.
This is a perfect post yoga or exercise smoothie. You feel great and want to keep it going. Of course you can have it any time; it is also a good recharger for when you need to get yourself back on track.
Makes 1 medium smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup baby kale or spinach
1 frozen banana
2 ice cubes
1 tablespoon almond butter
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine milk and greens in a blender and process until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
- Serve in a fun glass and enjoy!
Elliott’s Favorite Smoothie
This is my 8-year old son Elliott’s go-to smoothie. I love that it has a little green in it, is not too high in sugar, contains 2 servings of fruit, and provides some gut-friendly bacteria. The best, of course, is how excited he gets about it and that he loves to taste test it and see if it needs to be adjusted.
Makes 2 smoothies
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
2 small handfuls of fresh de-stemmed kale or baby spinach
1 1/4 cup plain kefir
1/2 cup organic milk
1 tablespoon honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Do a taste test, adjust recipe if needed, and then enjoy!
Other great smoothie add-ins:
Frozen wild blueberries - they are perfect for adding to smoothies (and pancakes too).
Avocado – a good way to add creaminess and get some healthy fats.
Frozen mangoes – they blend well and add natural sweetness.
Ground chia seeds or flax seeds - they provide extra nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.
Cocoa powder – good for your heart and makes your smoothie taste like chocolate! Try it with banana and almond or coconut milk.
Cinnamon – another flavor boost and one that may help keep blood sugar in check.
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