Smoothies are a great way to curb your appetite between meals, as well as get a lot of fantastic nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber into your system. They’ve come under fire for their calorie and sugar content, but here are plenty of healthy smoothie recipes you can make on your own so you have total control of what goes in, and what doesn’t.
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1. Lime and Coconut Green Smoothie – The lime doesn’t give this bright green smoothie it’s color, that’s thanks to the spinach. Add a banana to the mix and you’ve found a reliable way to drink your greens. The lime does a good job of giving it a citrus kick that will make your taste buds wonder if there really is spinach in there. The coconut milk gives this a dose of healthy fat, and what results is a smoothie that is sure to satisfy.
2. Pineapple Kiwi Mint Smoothie – If pineapple and kiwi weren’t enough of an interesting combination, they’ve also thrown in some mint for good measure. What you’re left with is a doubly sweet and minty drink sure to refresh you on a hot day. You get the vitamins and nutrients from both fruits, plus they’ve added some coconut milk to smooth out the flavor and add some healthy fat from the coconut. It contains saturated fat, but of a different type than a fatty cheeseburger.
3. Blueberry Pie Green Monster – This is a green smoothie that doesn’t look so green at first glance. But don’t be fooled because it has plenty of spinach in it to keep its title, and the blueberries added means that you’re combining two superfoods into one, so get ready for an antioxidant boost like no other. With flax seeds and Greek yogurt rounding it out, this is a tasty beverage that makes a great choice if you’re skipping dessert.
4. Blood Orange Smoothie – If you’ve been wanting to use blood oranges but didn’t know what to use them in, here’s a nice recipe. To give this a more dynamic flavor they’re using frozen peaches, which also helps make is to you don’t need to add ice to make it cold. She gives you the option of adding vanilla yogurt, but to make it even healthier you could put in some Greek Yogurt, but you’ll miss out on the vanilla flavoring.
5. Kiwi Spinach Smoothie – Green plus green definitely equals green. Here’s a smoothie that takes spinach and mixes it with kiwi so you’re getting the sweetness of the kiwi fruit with all of the healthiness of spinach. There’s also banana in there, helping to add fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. You simply can’t go wrong with this easy-to-make smoothie that covers all of the bases.
6. Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon – We had to include this one for the amazing orange color and consistency it has. Plus it’s not everyday you see a smoothie that uses persimmon in it. A banana gets lost in the mix, and we’d recommend their suggested power add-ons which include spinach and sprouts, boosting this into the stratosphere in regards to the amount of phytonutrients and antioxidants you’ll be taking in.
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7. New Year’s Detox Smoothie – They say this is to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions, but you can also resort to this anytime of the year. So how does it detox the body? It’s using spinach and celery, which are both individually known for their detoxifying effects. And don’t forget the cucumber, which is packed with water to help flush out the body. Some mint helps with the taste so you don’t feel like you’re detoxing.
8. Sweet Citrus Avocado Dreamboat – They say that you can use kale or spinach for this, so why not try kale. It’s super nutritious and flavorful, but seems to take a back burner to spinach. The avocado in this is going to give it some nice texture, but more importantly you’re going to get good fat from it to keep you full from the smoothie longer. It also lowers cholesterol and is good for the heart.
9. Health Nut Blueberry Smoothie – Blueberries, banana, and spinach, oh my! This is one smoothie you can wake up to, or have whenever you get the urge. It also contains almond milk, so you’re skipping the dairy but giving a nutritious foundation to your drink. This is one of the few smoothies we’ve seen that uses almond butter, so you’re getting a nice nutty flavor to round out the sweet, and you’re getting some good fat in there as well.
10. Orange Creamsicle Smoothie – If you’re craving an orange creamsicle you might be surprised at just how uncomplicated this recipe is. It’s also very natural, getting its orange flavor from, you guessed it, oranges. It pulls off the creamy aspect from yogurt, so you’re bypassing the added fat and calories of using actual cream. The end result is a taste bud-fooling concoction that should be on a stick.
11. Strawberry Apple and Banana Smoothie – There’s nothing like a recipe that puts all of its ingredients in its name. The only thing left to do is blend it up! They use frozen strawberries and bananas so you don’t even need to add ice. They say to use an organic apple, and you may as well go all out and get organic strawberries and bananas as well, to turn this into a fully organic and sweet treat that’s swarming with antioxidants.
12. Maya’s Morning Smoothie – Get up on the wrong side of the bed today? Fix it in a jiffy with this smoothie. This stars the orange, everyone’s favorite breakfast-related fruit. But it’s adding a carrot into the equation, and finishes things off with a banana. When these three foods combine you’re going to feel the boost, and have a fresh new look on the day ahead of you.
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