If you’re resolving this year to make some changes that will benefit your health, developing a smoothie habit is one easy way to make a positive change. I hope this list of recipes will play a part in helping you on your journey to health, wellbeing, and fitness.
Smoothies are a fast, easy for lunch or breakfast, and many of us are devoted to our shakes of fruits, vegetables, and yogurt. If you would like a few tips to help build a better smoothie, look no further. We’ve rounded up our best recipes and tips
- 125 ml water
- 125 ml Orange Juice
- 80 g strawberries
- 75 g blueberries
- 30 g spinach
- 1 container vanilla yogurt
NUT BUTTER MADNESS
- 65 g nut butter we used peanut butter
- 2 x Containers Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 medium banana
- 1 handful ice cubes
Great Sweet Smoothie Ingredients
- Liquids: Water, dairy or non-dairy milks, coffee, brewed teas and tisanes, kefir, coconut water, coconut milk with the fat skimmed (so it doesn’t coagulate when cold), fresh juices that you’ve just made, lemonade
- Fruits: Berries, cherries, bananas, melons, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cooked pumpkin and other winter squash
- Herbs and Spices: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cardamom, anise, mint, basil, cilantro
Great Green Smoothie Ingredients
- Liquids: Water, green tea, coconut water, fresh juices that you’ve just made
- Fruits: Apples, pears, pineapples, light-colored melons, peaches, nectarines, grapes
- Greens: Cucumber, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, arugula, mustard greens, beet greens, dandelion, sorrel
- Herbs: Basil, cilantro, mint, chervil, ginger, dill, chives, garlic, marjoram, parsley, thyme, tarragon
Ingredients to Add for Better Texture
Nut Butters: Nothing takes a sweet smoothie from creaminess zero to hero as easily as a tablespoon or two of peanut, almond, or other nut or seed butter of your choice.
Avocado: is a second contender for most magical purveyor of creaminess to smoothies, and it’s by far the best choice for green smoothies. You can even add half an avocado at the last minute to fix the texture of a smoothie that just isn’t working out the way you’d hoped. It mellows flavors, too. Don’t be afraid to try the avocado trick with fruit smoothies, too.
Cooked Oatmeal: In both sweet and savory smoothies, a few tablespoons of cooked oatmeal works wonders for adding creamy texture. I discovered this almost by accident, and it’s one of the best tricks I know.
Greek Yogurt: In just about all smoothie types, a little Greek yogurt fills out texture beautifully.
Coconut Oil: In green smoothies where your ingredients aren’t too cold, a tablespoon or two of virgin coconut oil adds good creaminess and a nice coconut flavor to the mix.
After making smoothies there’s always just a little left! Here are five things you can do with smoothie leftovers from thekitchn.com:
1. Ice Cube Trays: Simply toss that smoothie back into an ice cube tray and freeze it again. Then it’s available to toss into your next creation or a glass of lemonade.
2. Paper Cups: Little bits of smoothie can be a great popsicle snack. If you have a mold, that’s extra awesome, just pour it in. If not, try using small paper cups or even coffee cups with sticks until things are frozen solid.
3. Add Them To Baked Goods: You can usually sub in a little pureed fruit for fats in many recipes. Brownies are a great one to test this out on. Just keep the mix in the fridge for up to a week and put them to use next time you turn on the oven.
4. Silpat + Oven: Make your own fruit leather. Pace your puree on a silpat in the oven on 200 degrees and let things gel. You can freeze the fruit first and then thaw things all at once to make it in larger batches. This trick works best on non-dairy smoothies.
5. Pudding Please: Make your own or use packets from the grocery store, but an extra cup of liquid can be a great thing to mix into your pudding. Simply replace an equal part of regular milk, let set and enjoy.
10 Easy Smoothies
1. Banana Blend2 bananas, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.
2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.
3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. Top with whipped cream and more strawberries.
4. Triple-Berry Blend 1 1/2 cups mixed blackberries, strawberries and raspberries with 1 cup each milk and ice, and sugar to taste.
5. Raspberry-Orange Blend 1 cup each orange juice and raspberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup ice, and sugar to taste.
6. Peach-Mango-Banana Blend 1 cup each chopped fresh or frozen peaches and mango, 1 cup each plain yogurt and ice, 1/2 banana, and sugar to taste.
7. Honeydew-Almond Blend 2 cups chopped honeydew melon, 1 cup each almond milk and ice, and honey to taste.
8. Cantaloupe Blend 2 cups chopped cantaloupe, the juice of 1/2 lime, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup ice.
9. Carrot-Apple Blend 1 cup each carrot juice and apple juice with 1 1/2 cups ice.
10. Spa Cucumber Peel, seed and chop 2 medium cucumbers. Blend with the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice and 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or honey.