22 Jan 2014

My Smoothie Recipes

Since buying a professional grade blender last year - the JTC Omniblend V - I have become somewhat of a smoothie addict! I highly, highly recommend this blender, it's just as good as the Vitamix for about half the price. If you're serious about smoothies, I would invest in a commercial grade blender. It won't break, rust, and should easily crush and blend ice cubes and frozen fruit to perfection in under a minute. I would get a blender with a tamper stick, to help push down food if it gets stuck along the sides.

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Here are some of my go-to smoothie concoctions. I don't really measure the ingredients, I just dump some in and blend away, but for these recipes I've given you a reference to about how much I add. The berries you can always use fresh or frozen. In the summer I often freeze my bananas in ziploc bags (already peeled) because they brown so fast, and freezing stops the process.

Just a note: You can add leafy greens such as kale or spinach to ANY of these smoothies. If I'm making a breakfast smoothie, I also add a generous handful of raw whole oats, a handful of nuts (almonds, pecans, or cashews), and sometimes 1-2 teaspoons of whole flaxseeds. (A good blender should crush the flax seeds, meaning you get the amazing nutrients within. Uncrushed flax just pass right through you because the shell is too tough for your stomach to dissolve.) This will make the smoothie more filling, but you might have to add more liquid to balance out the dry ingredients. If I'm making a post-workout smoothie, I will just add a scoop of my protein powder to the mix.

Handy tip: Use a sharp knife to peel oranges and other citrus fruits. Cut off the top and bottom navel in one smooth slice, then stand the orange upright on the flat edge, and use the knife to cut away the peel in a convex shape.

Blueberry Splash

3/4 cup blueberries
1 banana
2 Tblsp. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 glass of water
1 tsp Stevia

Green Machine

1 cup fresh spinach leaves
several thick cucumber slices
1 kiwi (peeled)
1/2 a lemon (minus peel)
1/2 glass of water
Stevia to sweeten

Strawberry - Orange Creamsicle

1 cup strawberries
1 whole orange (minus peel)
1 banana
3/4 cup soy or almond milk (or just regular cow milk)
dash of cinnamon
Stevia to sweeten


1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup raspberries
1 whole orange (minus peel)
3/4 glass of soy or almond milk
Stevia to sweeten

Peanut-Almond Milk

2 tsp. natural unsweetened peanut butter
1/2 cup raw whole almonds
1 banana
1/2 glass of soy / almond / rice / dairy milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Coco-Mango Madness

1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
1/2 banana
1 whole orange (minus peel)
2 Tblsp. plain Green yogurt
3/4 glass of water
2 Tblsp. shredded unsweetened coconut
Stevia to sweeten

Breakfast Muesli Smoothie

1 whole apple (cored, quartered)
3 tblsp. Greek yogurt
3 dates (pitted)
1/2 banana
small handful of oats
small handful of nuts (almonds, pecans, or cashews)
1 tsp. flax seeds
1 glass of water

Watermelon Lemonade

2 cups watermelon (use frozen if you want a really cold lemonade)
1 whole lemon or lime (minus peel)
Few sprigs of fresh mint leaves (can be omitted)
glass of ice cold water
Stevia to sweeten

Pina Colada

1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1/2 banana
3/4 glass coconut milk or coconut water
1 whole orange (minus peel)

Forest Berry Blend

1 cup mixed berries (blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, currants, raspberries)
1 banana
3 tblsp. Greek yogurt
3/4 glass water
Stevia to sweeten

Let me know if you try any of these out, and how you enjoyed it! Happy Smoothie-making!

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