My Delicious New Smoothie Recipes

Today, I’m sharing my latest smoothie recipes with you.

(Spoiler Alert: If you’d like a healthy way to enjoy the flavor of peanut butter cups or heavenly blueberry ice cream, then you don’t want to miss this!)

I’m always super excited when I’m writing to you with a brand new creation.

And when it comes to creating new recipes (which is one of my passions, in case you hadn’t noticed), working with smoothies is as about as exciting as it gets.

Here’s why.

Smoothies can serve many different functions.

They can be:

  • A snack
  • Any meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • A way to get maximum nutrition with minimum effort
  • A way to experience a beloved flavor without damaging your health

So when you set out to create a smoothie, you can literally decide what function you want it to serve and then let your creativity run wild.

Part of what inspired me to create new smoothies was the fact that last month I did a 5-day reset by having 3 smoothies per day, plus a couple of snacks of raw veggies, fruits, and/or nuts.
I call this a “reset” because it helps reset your palate, conquer your food cravings, and even out your energy.

I’m off it now, but I’m still incorporating smoothies into my diet regularly.

I find that having a smoothie as a meal once a day is a great health-promoting practice that helps keep my energy up and my weight down.

When you’re actually replacing a meal with a smoothie, it can be helpful to add a little healthy fat and/or protein, such as hemp seeds or nut butter.

Just a little goes a long way to making a smoothie more filling. But if you prefer the clean, crisp taste and lighter feeling of just fruits and vegetables, you can skip this.

And even though I love green smoothies as meals, I do enjoy the occasional non-green smoothie as an indulgent dessert or snack.

Sometimes I come up with smoothies that taste so good, eating them makes me feel almost naughty. And I’m going to share a couple of those with you today.

Here are four smoothies I’ve been drinking lately and loving. We’ll start with the healthiest—it makes a perfect breakfast.

Apple Lime Green Smoothie

smoothie-appleYield: 2 servings

This one is bursting with freshness thanks to the lime and cilantro or parsley. And since it contains only fruits and greens, it’s crisp and clean—perfect for breakfast. Drinking this in the morning is an ideal way to start your day with lots of greens.

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3 cups chopped romaine
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 banana

Put the water, kale, romaine, cilantro, and lime in a blender and process on high speed until smooth. Add the apple, banana, and optional hemp seeds and process until smooth.

Banana Orange Green Smoothie

smoothie-orangeYield: 2 servings

This smoothie is an amazing combo of flavors and texture. It gets a wonderful tartness from oranges, creaminess from bananas, and a mild kick from fresh ginger. The cucumber tames any bitterness from the greens, so the smoothie is really well balanced: not bitter, but also not too sweet. Adding ground flax makes it more filling and adds healthy fats.

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 4 cups chopped kale or collard greens
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 orange, sectioned
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Put the water, kale, and ginger in a blender and process on high speed until smooth. Add the bananas, orange, and cucumber, and process until smooth. Add the flax seeds and process until smooth.

Blueberry Ice Cream Smoothie

Bilberry on a white backgroundYield: 1 serving

This is a frosty frozen treat that will remind you of desserts you loved as a kid. I don’t use protein powder very often, but in this smoothie I like it because it creates a taste just like creamy ice cream.

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 satsuma or 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups spinach (optional)
  • 1 serving plant protein, such as brown rice protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

Put all ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth.

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

OrangeJuiceYield: 2 servings

This just might be the most decadent smoothie I’ve ever created. It tastes so much like a peanut butter cup it might blow you away—especially if you love the taste of peanut butter cups and haven’t had one in a long time. It really could be dessert. Yet this is full of healthy ingredients, satisfying as a meal, and high in protein and good fats from the nut butter and hemp seeds.

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped kale (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth.

I’d love to hear what you think of these. So I hope you’ll try them and let me know. You can either reply to this email or post on my Facebook page. Also, let me know if you have any favorite flavors you’d love to try recreating in a healthy way.

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