5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I recently took the plunge and invested in a Vitamix.
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For those of you who’ve never heard of a Vitamix, it’s the super expensive mac daddy of blenders. I got suckered into it during what was supposed to be a quick jaunt to Whole Foods. Just as I was making my way from the produce section to the butcher, I was stopped by this energetic dude doing a riveting Vitamix demo. He was so convincing and smooth-talking. This blender could do things I’d never seen before. Next thing you know, it was in my cart. What can I say, I’m an easy target. Sure I had a blender at home, but it was really on its last legs (or so I told myself). I mean, I really needed this blender.

I took it home, pulled it out of the box and stared at it for a few minutes. As I began to feel the guilt rise up in my gut, I thought, Okay then, time to start justifying my investment.

So I started blending and mixing like a madwoman—experimenting with this and that, re-inventing existing recipes and creating new ones.

With that, I developed 5 super delish smoothie and juice recipes that I now turn to on a regular basis for a supercharged, hydrating dose of vitamins and nutrients. (And no, you don’t need a Vitaminx to throw these together. Any old blender will do!)

APPLE BANANA OATMEAL SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened) or water

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ apple, seeded

½ medium banana

3 tbsp uncooked steel cut quick cook oats

3 dates, pitted

Pinch of ground cinnamon or apple pie spice

1 tbsp ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds

½ scoop whey protein powder (unsweetened)

STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE

1 cup of water

½ lemon, peeled, halved and seeded

4 drops natural stevia or 1 tsp powdered stevia

½ cup fresh basil leaves

3 or 4 frozen strawberries

Blend without over blending. Be sure to leave a few chunks of strawberry and basil intact to maintain a nice texture.

CREAMY GREEN MACHINE

½ cup water

½ cup coconut water

½ cucumber

¼ cup frozen pineapple or mango

½ avocado or 1 tbsp coconut oil

½ lemon or lime, peeled and seeded (when peeling, be sure to leave the white just underneath the skin as it is high in vitamin C, B-6 and fiber)

1 sprig of mint

¼ celery stalk

1-2 handfuls of your favorite greens (kale, spinach and romaine work beautifully)

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

DAIRY FREE RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE MILK

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

1 scoop unflavored whey protein (unsweetened)

½ cup frozen raspberries, blueberries or a combination of both

¼ cup frozen spinach (Trust me, you won’t even know it’s in there.)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp raw caco powder

3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

RISE & SHINE MORNING PROTEIN

½ cup coconut or almond milk (both unsweetened)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 scoop whey protein (unsweetened)

handful frozen berries

1 tbsp flaxseed and/or chia seeds

3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

So what are you waiting for? Get blending!

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