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Smoothies

juicesSmoothies are thicker and slightly less nutrient rich than juices, but they’re still an excellent source of nutrition. Nutrient-dense greens and antioxidant-rich fruit make the smoothies excellent energy boosters. Use frozen fruit and vegetables for greater convenience, which also gives the drink a frosty coolness—perfect for a hot day! To prepare each smoothie, simply process all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass and enjoy! For a healthy dessert snack, freeze leftovers in an ice tray!

Makes 2 servings. Cut ingredients in half for single serving. Total preparation time: 5 minutes.

Green Gourmet Smoothie

  • 1⁄2 cup frozen or fresh baby spinach greens
  • 1⁄8 cup silken tofu, or raw cashews or almonds
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, blueberries, berry mix, pineapple or mango
  • 1⁄2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
  • 1⁄2 kiwi, optional
  • 1⁄2 orange, optional
  • 1 cups blueberry-pomegranate juice, soy milk, almond milk or water

Tip: Add fruit and flaxseed meal to blender after other ingredients have been pureed smooth.

Beet Berry Smoothie

  • 1 organic beet
  • 1 banana or 2 pitted dates
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds or raw almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
  • 3 ice cubes, optional
  • 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water

Tip: Scrub and wash beets well, then cut into large chunks before blending.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1⁄4 cup silken tofu or hemp seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 cup ice
  • cacao nibs for garnish
  • 1 1⁄4 cup almond milk, soy milk or water

Almond-Cacao-Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1⁄4 cup silken tofu or hemp seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 cup ice
  • cacao nibs for garnish
  • 1 1⁄4 cup almond milk, soy milk or water

Mango Carrot Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup pitted frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen carrots
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews, walnuts or tofu
  • 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water

Cherry Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 banana or 2 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, walnuts or tofu
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice or water

Get Tropical Smoothie

  • 1⁄2 diced mango or 3⁄4 cups frozen mango
  • 1⁄2 banana
  • 1⁄4 cup silken tofu, 1⁄4 cup raw cashews or 1⁄4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen carrots
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple, or papaya
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 1⁄4 cups coconut milk, guava nectar, limeade or water

Pineapple Mint Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 celery stalk halved or about 1/3 cup chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, optional
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, walnuts or tofu
  • 1 cup soy milk, almond milk or water

Mango Cacao Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach or fresh kale
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 pitted date (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or cashews
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup coconut water, apple juice or water

Banana Walnut Cacao Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup walnut
  • 1/2 cup frozen summer yellow squash or zucchini squash
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water

Golden Almond Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 2-3 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots, frozen or fresh
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubes, optional
  • 1 cup water

Turmeric Mango Carrot Lassi Smoothie

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or cashews
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1-inch lime peel
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 cup ice water (half ice, half water)
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt, soy yogurt or plain whole milk Greek yogurt

Bloody Mary Smoothie

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1 stem celery
  • 2 slices of jalapeño
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon creamy hot horseradish
  • pinch of celery salt
  • pinch of garlic salt
  • pinch of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • hot sauce to taste (Franks, Tabasco, etc.)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup water

Tip: This is the virgin version. Add vodka for the adult version, but please, drink in moderation!

Thai Tea Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup Thai tea leaves or ceylon loose black tea
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-6 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1/4 cup almonds or hemp seeds
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 cups coconut milk

Brew tea and water in microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside for five minutes to brew, then remove or strain out tea leaves. Cool completely before blending with other ingredients.

Don’t have time to cut up and blend so many ingredients? Here are a few ways to shorten the prep time for your favorite smoothie:

Buy a frozen smoothie kickstarter package and add your favorite fruit. Flaxseed, walnuts, coconut water, kale, berries, beets and lime or lemon juice typically go with everything in smoothie form!

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