There’s one thing that I can enjoy with my whole family, and that’s a delicious and healthy smoothie. If you’ve invested in a great blender like I suggested here, then whipping up a healthy and tasty treat is a snap! Kids love the varieties of colors and flavors and you can even sneak in a few healthy fruits and vegetables to make them even better for everyone. It’s a win/win!
I’ve created two great bases for an endless variety of tastiness. I typically just use whatever I have on hand, so most of the time I never have the same smoothie twice. The two recipes I’m sharing both pack a punch in the nutritional sense, you can add nonfat greek yogurt, soy milk, juice, or even other vegetables to suit your tastes.
The green smoothie has a crisp and fresh taste, perfect for Spring and summer, while the banana-berry smoothie carries a wealth of antioxidants and has a traditional berry taste. Both are delicious and nutritious and great for having as an easy meal on the go.
Banana-Berry Smoothie Ingredients:
- 6 large strawberries
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup kale
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup ice
- 1 kiwi
- 1/2 small banana
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 cup kale
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 2-3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- try to use neutral tasting ingredients for the healthy additions, if you’re using berries and bananas add kale, carrots, even chia seeds for extra health benefits without changing the taste of your smoothie
- Make sure everything you’re adding is healthy and not light on nutrients. Celery might be a great idea for a green smoothie, but there’s other ingredients you can add that have many more nutritional benefits.
- If you’re adding ingredients like juice, yogurt and milk, be sure you’re checking the labels. It’s easy to have a healthy smoothie go completely unhealthy by adding the wrong ingredients. The idea here is high vitamin, high protein, low sugar, low fat.