Smoothie Time

by Maria on Augutst 17, 2014

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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.

Zen Smoothie

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

  1. Combine milk and greens in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
  3. 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.

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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

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. 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.

More Smoothie Recipes on CooksAid:

Green Smoothie

Good Morning Smoothie


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