UPDATE: FUNNY STORY… A reader made the Peppermint smoothie, and the dear followed my recipe exactly. Through her, I realized I accidentally said to include 1/2 TABLESPOON of peppermint extract, when I meant to say 1/2 (or even 1/3 will do!) TEASPOON of the stuff. Needless to say, her sinus is now clear. 😀
Also, as an FYI–these smoothies are servings for 2 or more. (I usually limit my consumption to 8 oz.).
Thank you readers, friends, and supporters for catching my glitches and offering suggestions! It is so very appreciated!
It has been way too long since I have posted (don’t worry–I have about fifty NEW recipes, but have been swamped as of late!)
Yoga is calling my name, so I don’t have time to tell you about the amazing Raspberry tart bars I created (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free…and heavenly). I’ll get to those tomorrow!
I do want to leave you with something, however, so I have decided to share some of my favorite smoothie recipes with you! Smoothies are perfect meals on the go. In addition, they make great healthy-alternative dessert substitutes (Mint chip? Pumpkin pie? Sign me up!)
Because I try to stay away from dairy (it’s dairy’s fault for being mean!) these smoothies are all vegan. Of course, you could add greek yogurt or something additional for packed protein (but that also means packed calories. I feel better when I have lean, filling smoothies!)
The first is my favorite Banana-Nut-Butter Protein Smoothie I drink this when I need something to hold me over for a long time. It is packed with protein, and tastes as good as a milkshake (or better?)!
- 1 banana, ripe if possible
- 1/2 c. almond milk, coconut milk, or other (unsweetened) milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp. almond (or your favorite) nut butter
- 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 organic date (seed removed)
- 1 cup ice
Directions: Blend together all ingredients and enjoy!
Nutritionists recommend detoxing the system of toxins, and smoothies can be a great way to do this. On mornings when I am feeling adventurous (and on mornings when I’m wanting to detox) I like to make this version of Green Lemonade:
- 1 organic green apple, core removed
- 3 strawberries
- 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/2 freshly squeezed orange
- 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 cup organic kale, stems removed
- 1 cup organic spinach
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/4-inch cube of raw ginger root (I use ginger because of the detoxifying properties)
Directions: Mix and enjoy! *If you’re new to the smoothie business, the green will totally freak you out. Never fear! If I can do it, you can do it! (And seriously, it’s actually pretty good!)
For the days when you’ve got extra carrots left over in the fridge, give this one a try! It’s my favorite simple smoothie, and it packs a big nutritional punch! Carrot-Mango Dream:
- 1 1/2 cup baby carrots or 4-5 large, organic carrots
- 1 mango, chopped
- 1/2 orange, chopped
- a pinch of grated nutmeg
Directions: Mix and devour!
…what about dessert?
When you want pumpkin pie but you need to fit into a dress for an auction this Saturday (I speak from experience!) this treat is a great substitute that will surely satisfy any sweet tooth! Not to mention, the pumpkin packs a ton of fiber and vitamins! Pumpkin Pie in a Glass
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1 banana, chopped and frozen for at least an hour
- 3/4 cup pumpkin (organic, of course!)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, to taste
Directions: Chop and freeze the banana (this alleviates your need for ice, plus, frozen bananas give smoothies more creamy textures!) Then, blend all ingredients!
Another favorite dessert substitute is my Mint-Chip Smoothie (I promise, it’s better than ice-cream and totally guilt-free!):
- 1 banana
- 1/2 c. almond, coconut (or your favorite) milk
- 1/3 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1/4 avocado (trust me!)
- 1 tsp. organic honey
- 1 tbsp. cocao nibs
- 1 cup ice
Directions: Mix and enjoy!