Healthy Smoothies

Healthy smoothies, juices and blender shakes are so quick and easy to make and enjoy!  Our busy lives tend to limit our healthy eating. 

Here are some important tips for you to keep your smoothies healthy and nutritious.

Protein is most important.  I usually use Synerprotein from Nature's Sunshine in my drinks.

Depending upon whether I use my blender or my Nutribullet, I use a protein powder in my blender and I frequently use almonds when I use my Nutribullet. It is important to have a protein in order to keep your blood sugar balanced.  This will also keep you feeling 'full' longer.

There are different flavor proteins powders, but I always choose a plain one.  If I want it chocolate flavored, I can add a natural cocoa powder. 
 
If you are using Yogurt in your smoothie, it is always best to use either your home made yogurt or a natural one that is available in your local health food store.  There are so many yogurts available nowadays, it is important to read the labels.  You want to avoid anything with sugar or any chemicals which have been added.

When I choose a liquid to add to my healthy smoothies, I always choose purified water.  Occasionally coconut water or soy milk but usually water.  It's less calories that way.  More economical too!

I used to make a blender shake years ago using warm Green Tea, Fresh Parsley and Avocado.  In those days I used a blender so it came out a bit 'bumpy', but now I would use my Nutribullet.
 
Adding Flax Hull Lignans or Ground Flax Seed, Raw Coconut Oil, Nutritional Yeast, Avocado, Dry Oatmeal, Greenzone ,Bee Pollen or Goji Berries are great to add more nutrition to any healthy smoothie.

In your Nutribullet you can use leaf vegetables like Fresh Spinach, Mixed Salad Greens, Arugula, Lettuce, Celery, Cucumber.

There are so many fruits to choose from.  Shall I list a few of them?

Bananas

Strawberries

Raspberries

Mangoes

Paypaya


Kiwi

Grapes

Pineapples

Lemon

Lime

The more colorful the fruit that you put in your smoothie gives you lots of health benefits from polyphenols and helps you reduce oxidative stress.

Here is really tasty way to start the day...using coconut oil adds more nutrition and a very interesting taste.

Here are some healthy breakfast ideas for those of you who rush out the door without breakfast. Having a blender shake either as breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert adds more nutrition to our daily diet. Kids will even stop and enjoy this shake for breakfast. I find they have a little difficulty with the color GREEN but with a little coaxing by adding a sweet banana or berries they will get over it.

Coconut and Banana Smoothie

1 c. coconut milk
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp raw almond butter
1 banana
5 strawberries
1 tsp nutritional yeast

Blend all together in your blender.  Add pure water to make this very tasty drink thinner.


This blender shake will warm you up.  I use my Nutribullet for this one.  Start with a little less ginger until you find your desired taste.

Beet, Apple and Ginger Smoothie

1 peeled beet, cut in small chunks
1 apple, remove the core (you can peel if you wish)
1 tbsp ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
3 or 4 whole carrots, peeled and cut into pieces.

Optional:  1/4 c. yogurt

Blend all together in your blender.  Add pure water to thin this puree down.

This is a healthy smoothie to enjoy in the morning - Banana, Avocado and Spinach Health Drink

1 whole banana

1/2 avocado

6 raw almonds

Greenzone Powder

Handful of Raw Fresh Spinach

Filtered Water


It was soooooo good!  Oh I added a squirt of lime too.

Here are some quick and easy recipes.  So quick that you can make them for breakfast before you rush out the door.

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond or soy milk

1 banana

1 tbsp healthy peanut butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp Stevia

1 scoop Synerprotein

* to make this a chocolate peanut butter shake, add 1/2 to 1 tbsp natural cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to bring out the flavor.

There are so many healthy drinks. As you experiment you will find your favorites.

Here is another healthy drink that is rich in enzymes and very colorful too.

Banana, Swiss Chard and Many Fruits Smoothie

1 handful of rinsed Swiss Chard

1 banana

1 c. cored pineapple

1 cored apples

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. Goji Berries

Filtered Water

Put all ingredients in your Nutribullet.

Blend

Enjoy!

Tofu, Pineapple and Almond Milk Smoothie

1 c. chocolate almond milk

1/4 c. tofu

1 tbsp. raw almond butter

pineapple (as much as you like)

sprinkle of cinnamon

1 tbsp. honey

Put all ingredients in the Nutribullet or blender and blend till smooth.

A tasty protein shake.  The chocolate almond milk makes it taste like a chocolate milkshake!

This is a tasty healthy smoothie.

Blueberry Banana Dessert Smoothie

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. almond milk

1tbsp Yoso unsweetened yogurt-this is a new cultured coconut yogurt.

1 spear of pineapple

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp. maple syrup

Put all the ingredients in your blender or Nutribullet.

Blend till smooth.

This is delicious.  I really wanted ice cream tonight, but this delicious healthy smoothie was far more nourishing and filled the 'spot'.



Nutrition In A Smoothie

This smoothie would be a healthy natural body detox too.

1/2 - 1 c. blueberries

1 scoop of Greenzone

handful of organic kale or spinach

1 scoop Synerprotein

Raw (chemical free Egg

1 1/2 cups of Pure Water

Put all ingredients in your blender and process till smooth.

Optional:  You use a nut milk instead of water if you prefer.

Note:  Greenzone and Synerprotein are both available through Nature's Sunshine products.

Strawberry/Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie

handful of frozen strawberries

handful of fresh raspberries

1 ripe banana

1/4 c. raspberry Greek Yogurt

1/2 c. coconut water

1/2 c. almond milk

Put all ingredients in your blender and process till smooth.

You can always add pure water if this healthy smoothie is too thick.

This tastes just like a strawberry milk shake!  Refreshing and filling.

Juicing or Blender Shakes

The question is to do 'juicing' or blender shakes or smoothies. All these methods offer incredible health benefits in just moments. 

Fresh juices go directly into your bloodstream and are a quick and easy way for the body to absorb nutrients from vegetables.  You can add a variety of vegetables to your diet and your child's diet.  By juicing you can easily consume the recommended daily amount of vegetables with very little effort.  Also having vegetable juices helps your body stay more alkaline.  Another health benefit, is these lovely juices fill you up, and you find yourself not eating or craving 'junk' food.  Perhaps lose a few pounds in the process!

You will experience better digestion, improved energy levels, mental clarity and an overall sense of well being.   

Banana and Chocolate Smoothie

This is a really, really sweet and a spicy drink.  Enjoy!

1 ripe banana, frozen

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1 tbsp. all natural almond butter

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

cayenne pepper (optional how much you would like to use)

2/3 c. almond milk

Let banana defrost, so that the skin can be peeled off.

Mix all ingredients in the blender.

Be sure to use real cinnamon so that you can enjoy the health benefits.

Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie

2 cups kale

2 cups coconut milk

2 cups pineapple

1 cup mango

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp. fresh ginger

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

Blend kale and coconut milk until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

This recipe was on the Dr. Oz show.  It sounded so good I thought I'd put it on my website.

Lemon juice aids the liver in flushing out toxins naturally.

Ginger aids in digestion and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Turmeric helps to detoxify the liver. The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory .

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I will be adding more healthy smoothie recipes shortly.  Come back to this page soon.  I frequently use the product name ie:  Greenzone, which is a Nature's Sunshine product, which I have mentioned before.

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