Healthy Smoothies

The weather is warmer, and some of us need a little more boost in our day! Our house has been enjoying smoothies!

(And you get an entire smoothie and juice recipe guide if you sign up for our upcoming 30 Day Fit & Healthy Simply Start Challenge – check it out here).

Smoothies are our nutritional snack any time of day! Eating a nutritious snack with whole food calories is important to metabolism. Even if you are losing weight, snacks are important to keep your body running smoothly.

These two recipes don’t have extra protein powders, just natural proteins from the ingredients. However, if you are working out you might want a little extra protein in your day via a powder (choose a plant-based powder vs. whey to avoid unwanted cholesterol). By using food like bananas, almonds, almond milk, Greek yogurt and more you can add natural protein without a powder. If you want a powder, I recommend an all vegan, organic powder. An example is the Sun Warrior brand.

 

Pre-Mix Shakes vs. Homemade Smoothies
What is the difference here? Pre-mix shakes come packed with protein. But they are often packed with cholesterol and fat (if animal-based and most are animal based). Although we all need cholesterol and fat in our diet, for some people having one or two of those shakes a day can be disastrous for their arteries. (My husband was one of those people). Choosing a plant-based vegan powder helps eliminate the saturated fat and cholesterol, but still provide nutrients.

Fruit, and vegetable, smoothies are nutritious but don’t overwhelm cholesterol or fat. They also provide a means to add fruit and vegetable servings to your diet that you might not eat otherwise. Drinking them is often a lot easier for some people than sitting down to eat the raw veggie or fruit. The fruit adds natural sweetness to the drink, while not adding sugar (which many meal replacements and popular shakes have sugar as one of the first few ingredients on their labels!).

Kid-Friendly
Homemade smoothies are also kid-friendly. Protein shakes and other types of shakes are not meant for children. We have found adding a serving of a smoothie to breakfast helps increase the nutrients in a delicious way for our little one each morning. Not only are they great morning snacks, but they are fabulous after school snacks.

Not only are they great for kids, but if you have late evening cravings, a half a serving (or one serving) is just enough to feel full.

 

Strawberry Almond Smoothie
This smoothie is not the first one we made, and it’s a bit different. I made this to create a higher protein and higher calorie drink.

I use frozen strawberries in this recipe, but fresh is great also. If you use fresh I recommend adding the cup of ice cubes that is listed as optional in the recipe. Especially if you are going to drink immediately.

In our house, we rarely drink immediately. We make several different smoothies and store them in the fridge for later date snacks. Thus eliminating ice cubes.

The almonds (we used roasted unsalted) in this recipe give it an interesting flavor while adding awesome protein. Add some almond milk to enhance that flavor and a banana for a bit more protein. We love vanilla almond milk (unsweetened), and we also use a vanilla Greek yogurt (you can choose a sugar free even better!) to add some more flavor. If you really wanted to increase some protein and calories you could also add some milled flax powder. This recipe doesn’t have it, but most of our other recipes coming up will. So if you feel like prepping a bunch of different smoothies over the next few weeks, you can get a really great price at Aldi on milled flaxseed.

Start by putting the ice cubes in (if using ice cubes), then add your almond milk, yogurt, frozen strawberries, banana, and then almonds. If your blender has a smoothie setting it works great. If it doesn’t choose your higher setting or pulse to start, and then go to a smoother lower setting to follow up after one or two minutes.

If you feel your smoothie is too thick add a bit more almond milk to the mix, or a little water would work if you don’t want the calories of the milk.

I enjoy my smoothie in a wine glass! I know it’s nuts! Our little one uses his own favorite cups and we store them in our refrigerator inside of water bottle containers. They will keep for up to three days if immediately refrigerated after mixing.

 

Mixed Fruit Smoothie

This has natural sugars only from the berries and it makes it just so delicious.

Once again we are using frozen mixed berries, canned crushed pineapple with fresh banana. We stuck with almond milk again, and of course our favorite vanilla Greek yogurt. We added some milled flaxseed to this to add even more protein. As always if possible, using fresh pineapple and berries is awesome.

We make two to four servings of this smoothie at a time and it keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days. This is an ultimate favorite for the kiddo in the house. His favorite addition to breakfast or his after school snack.

 

Healthy Smoothies

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Kate Bryant

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Almond
  • 1 c ice cubes optional
  • 1 c vanilla almond milk sweetened or unsweetened
  • ½ c vanilla Greek yogurt or plain
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c frozen strawberries or fresh
  • ½ to 1 c almonds unsalted, roasted or plain
  • 2 tbsp milled flaxseed optional
  • Mixed Fruit Smoothie
  • 1 c vanilla almond milk sweetened or unsweetened
  • ½ c vanilla greek yogurt or plain
  • 1 c mixed frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ c crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp milled flaxseed
  • 1 c ice cubes if not using frozen berries and want to drink right away

Instructions

  • Strawberry Almond & Mixed Berry Smoothie
  • Add ingredients to blender in the order listed above.
  • Use a smoothie setting to blend drink.

 


 

 

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