Smooth Out

Healthy Smoothie Recipes
It’s a new week and there’s no better time to smooth out! No matter what you are in the mood for, you’ll find satisfaction in one of these healthy smoothie recipes. Try a strawberry smoothie for a summer treat, a green smoothie for an easy vitamin boost, or an invigorating tropical smoothie for a blast of energy. Whichever you decide on this week, you’re sure to have a fulfilling experience. So smooth out!


Protein-Boost. Banana-Strawberry


Need a protein boost? Then see this. This 223-calorie healthy smoothie recipe pairs delicious fruit with fat-free yoghurt and a helping of peanut butter. Garnish with whole strawberries for pretty presentation.

Ingredients
2 cups plain fat-free yoghurt
2 ripe medium bananas
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries or frozen unsweetened strawberries
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Whole fresh strawberries (optional)

Directions
In a blender combine yoghurt, bananas, the sliced strawberries, honey, and peanut butter. Cover and blend until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of container as necessary. Divide among four glasses. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries.


Energy-Boost. Coffee-Banana


This fast frappe is part energy boost, part healthy smoothie, and part coffee shop treat. Espresso powder lends nutty flavour to the banana and honey, and cinnamon adds a hint of warmth.

Ingredients
1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
1 tablespoon hot water
1 small banana, peeled, cut up, and frozen
¼ cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup Ice cubes
Ground cinnamon, optional

Directions
In a blender combine espresso powder and hot water; let stand 1 minute. Add banana, milk, and honey. Cover and blend until smooth. Gradually add ice blending to desired consistency. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.


Hydrating. Cucumber-Mint

 The secret ingredient in this hydrating smoothie? Cauliflower. Mix that with honeydew melon, mint, cucumber, a bit of honey, and ice cubes for a simple way to enjoy your vegetables.


Ingredients
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped fresh cauliflower
1 ½ cups 1-inch cubes honeydew melon
½ of a medium cucumber, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/4 cups)
½ cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
¼ cup honey
¾ cup ice cubes

Directions
In a small saucepan cook cauliflower, uncovered, in enough boiling water to cover for 10 to 12 minutes or until very tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool quickly.
In a blender combine cauliflower, melon, cucumber, mint, and honey. Cover and blend until very smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.


Antioxidant Power. Berries


It’s never been easier (or sweeter!) to boost your immune system. This refreshingly cool healthy smoothie recipe is made with antioxidant-rich blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate juice.
Ingredients
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 6-ounce carton blueberry fat-free yoghurt (or any other yoghurt)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon honey
Fresh blueberries and/or blackberries (optional)

Directions
In a blender combine the 1 cup blueberries, the 1 cup blackberries, the yogurt, pomegranate juice, and honey. Cover and blend until almost smooth. If desired, press mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove blackberry seeds. Serve immediately. If desired, garnish with additional berries.


Refreshing. Watermelon-Strawberry


Say good-bye to boring snacks. You’re just 15 minutes away from a sweet 69-calorie smoothie made with fresh watermelon, juicy strawberries, and a hint of basil.

Ingredients
1 cup seeded, cubed watermelon
½ cup halved strawberries
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
1/2 – 1 cup Ice cubes

Directions
In a blender combine watermelon and strawberries; cover and blend until smooth. Add basil; blend until combined. Gradually add ice, blending to desired consistency.


Invigorating. Banana-Mango-Pineapple


Escape to sunny shores with a quick and easy banana-mango smoothie. Pineapple and lime juice lend fresh, zesty flavour and sweeten each glass of this healthy smoothie with natural sugars.

Ingredients
½ cup seeded, peeled, and chopped mango
½ small banana, peeled, cut up and frozen (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ cup ice cubes

Directions
In a blender combine mango, banana, pineapple juice, and lime juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Gradually add ice, blending to desired consistency.

Satisfying. Avocado-Banana-Yoghurt

This filling and healthy smoothie is rich in omega-3s and protein, thanks to a whole avocado and a helping of tangy Greek yogurt. The avocado, banana, and yoghurt help create an irresistible silky texture that’s worthy of a smoothie shop.

Ingredients
1 ripe avocado, halved, seeded, and peeled
1 banana
¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
salt (optional)
2 cups ice

Directions
In a blender combine avocado, banana, orange juice, plain Greek yoghurt, honey, grated fresh ginger, and a dash of salt, if desired.
Cover and blend until smooth. Add 2 cups ice; blend until smooth.


Pleasant. Banana-Peach-Flax

As healthy smoothie recipes go, you can’t beat the classic combo of banana, mango, and sweet peach — especially when they team up for a fruity and refreshing smoothie that makes the perfect snack. Swirl with a spoon before serving for a pretty look.

Ingredients
1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches
1 cup sliced mango
¼ cup apricot or peach nectar
1 6-ounce carton plain or vanilla yoghurt
1 ripe banana, peeled, cut up, and frozen
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or flax seed meal
2 teaspoons honey

Directions
In a blender combine peaches, mango, and nectar. Cover and blend until smooth. Divide mixture among three glasses. In the same blender combine yoghurt, banana, milk, flax seeds, and honey. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour over mixture in glasses. Swirl with a spoon.

Nourishing. Kale-Pineapple
The kale force is strong in this easy, healthy smoothie. It’s loaded with more than 2 cups of the trendy leafy green. Frozen grapes act as the ice, while kiwifruit and pineapple keep the situation tropical.

Ingredients
2 ½ cups stemmed fresh kale leaves
1 cup cubed pineapple
¾ cup apple juice, chilled
½ cup seedless green grapes, frozen
½ cup chopped Granny Smith apple
Kiwifruit slices and/or pineapple chunk (optional)

Directions
Place first five ingredients (through apple) in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth, scraping sides of blender as needed. Pour into glasses. If desired, garnish with kiwifruit.

To Make Ahead
Smoothies can be chilled 1 to 2 hours. Stir before serving.

Healthful. Cherry-Berry

Chill out with a quick and easy 100-calorie smoothie recipe that’s made with four different berries. Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice adds a touch of sweetness and a pretty red hue.

Ingredients
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries or 1 cup frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries*
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
½ cup fresh blueberries

Directions
In a blender combine strawberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranate juice, and blueberries. Cover and blend until almost smooth. Makes 4 (8-ounce) servings.
                                                                                                          Credit: Webmd.com

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