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This is a classic and the simplest combination that really works. Delicious and couldn't be easier to make. Don't be tempted to use almost-rotten fruit, your smoothie's taste and nutrition will suffer.
Buckinghamshire, England, UK
4 people made this
- 1 medium banana
- 10 strawberries
- 250ml of water, coconut water or diluted apple juice
- Ice (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to your blender
- Blend until smooth
TipIf you would like the easiest, waste free way to make this go to superbsmoothies.com
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We love summer strawberries when they are at their apex of charm since they really shimmer in smoothies. There isn’t anything like a Strawberry Smoothie in the initial segment of the day to give you a cool and resuscitating stun before your day starts. Since the major fixing is strawberries, it has an outstanding strawberry flavor that our whole family worships.
This has the model taste of a strawberry banana smoothie, yet you can switch up your smoothie reliant on what you have nearby. For an other flavor bend, take a gander at the Apricot Strawberry Smoothie, or our standard Strawberry Cherry Smoothie Recipe. You could moreover serve this as a smoothie bowl with fun toppings.
50 Skinny, 5-Ingredient-Or-Less Smoothie Recipes
If you are looking to make an easy, healthy change to your day, it can be as simple as adding a low-calorie smoothie! Unlike regular juices, smoothies are so good for you because they retain all the nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants of raw fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are proven to improve digestion and can help aid in weight loss. We found 50 healthy smoothie recipes that only require 5 ingredients or less! Whether it's for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or a healthy dessert, you have no reason not to try these healthy smoothie recipes.
1. Green Monster Smoothie:
This smoothie is the perfect way to start your day! Don&rsquot let the name make you nervous this monster is made of vitamins and nutrients that will help with digestion and scare off all those nasty toxins your body is carrying around! While the spinach gives this guy its color, all the flavor comes straight from the banana and almond milk, making a creamy, flavorful and super nutrient-dense breakfast. Want to make this recipe for yourself? Click here to be taken to the step-by-step instructions!
2. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie:
Chocolate and banana go together perfectly. Add a boost of protein and you've got yourself an amazing meal! Click here to get the recipe.
3. Skinny Tropical Protein Smoothie:
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. This simple recipe calls for only four ingredients! Check it out here.
4. Skinny Blueberry Protein Smoothie:
Need a quick and easy recipe that you can make in seconds? Look no further than our Skinny Blueberry Protein Smoothie. Loaded with 31 grams of protein and packed with delicious blueberry flavor, this smoothie will leave you feeling full and satisfied all day long. Click here to see the recipe!
5. Green Tea Smoothie:
If you&rsquore not a fan of green tea yet, it might be time to hop on board the green tea bandwagon! And what better way to do so than with a green tea smoothie? It&rsquos light, mild, refreshing and perfect for a warm summer day. The banana gives it a natural sweetness that is topped off perfectly with your choice of agave or honey, so that it satisfies your sweet tooth without being over the top. Click here to check out the recipe.
6. Cherry Limeade Slush:
This tasty, skinny treat is almost TOO easy. The kids will love it for an after-school or -dinner treat and you'll feel good knowing it's not full of sugar. Click here for more info.
7. Strawberry Fluff Protein Smoothie:
For a sweet and tasty pre- or post-workout snack, consider this Strawberry Fluff Protein Smoothie. Strawberries, almond milk, Greek yogurt, light whipped topping and vanilla protein powder come together for a seriously delicious and powerful smoothie. This pretty treat may look dainty, but it packs a mighty punch of 24 grams of protein, sure to kick any workout&rsquos butt! Click here for the recipe.
8. Peaches and Cream Smoothie:
For a protein-packed sweet treat, try our Peaches and Cream Smoothie! It couldn&rsquot be any easier to make &mdash or devour. Drink it before or after a workout to burn MASS calories! For more smoothies, check out our Fat-Burning Cran-Peach Smoothie and Cake Batter Protein Smoothie recipes. Click here for the Peaches and Cream Smoothie recipe.
9. Skinny Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie:
This delicious smoothie has only 209 calories and yet packs in 11 grams of fiber! Here's the simple, easy recipe.
10. Blackberry Banana Smoothie:
This is an easy go-to, quick-fix breakfast for every morning! Also, fair warning: After this, you&rsquore going to want to start combining blackberry and banana wherever you can! In yogurt, on pancakes, with toast&hellipThese two go perfectly just about anywhere. For the recipe, click here!
11. Skinny Mocha Java Protein Smoothie:
Protein and coffee? Do we have your attention? Click here for the recipe.
12. Raspberry Protein Smoothie:
Looking for a midday snack that will satisfy your cravings for sugar but won't wreck your diet? This Raspberry Mocha Protein Smoothie is sweet without being unhealthy, and it's only 131 calories per smoothie! Click here to be taken to the recipe.
13. Skinny Chocolate Protein Smoothie:
For the best tasting chocolate protein milkshake, this should be your go-to recipe. At only 119 calories, this protein shake will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your protein craving following a tough workout. The stevia (or your own favorite zero- or no-calorie sweetener) takes the bitterness out of the cocoa powder while still keeping the calorie count as low as possible. This chocolate protein milkshake is weight loss made easy! Click here to be taken to the instructions!
14. Strawberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie:
Strawberry, banana, pineapple, and orange flavor make this smoothie feel like an a.m. indulgence, while the simple scoop of protein powder will keep you feeling full in a healthy way! For this original recipe, click here.
15. Miami Vice Breakfast Smoothie:
This Miami Vice Breakfast Smoothie is a great way to start your day! The creamy flavor of Silk&rsquos coconut milk combined with the bold flavor of strawberry and pineapple is the perfect fruity boost to get you out of any morning slump. Want this original recipe? Click here!
16. Dreamsicle Protein Smoothie:
Who knew that it only took five ingredients to create the perfect, power-packed meal? The tangy mandarin oranges combine with the smooth texture of the bananas to create a delectable and creamy smoothie that is full of protein and healthy carbs. Click here for more info!
17. Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake:
This breakfast smoothie is the perfect balance of rich banana flavor and creamy peanut butter. If you want to increase the protein content, mix it with a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder. For the recipe, click here!
18. Tropical Green Smoothie: This delicious treat will bring some balance back in your life! This smoothie packs a punch of spinach, mango, pineapple, and bananas that will make you want to be on a beach with your toes in the sand! And this smoothie is only 139 calories! (via Slender Kitchen)
(Photo: Slender Kitchen)
19. Chocolate Silk Smoothie: Now for those chocolate fanatics, this smoothie will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! This chocolate drink is filled with probiotics, protein, and is great for someone who needs the fiber, but is also great for people who don&rsquot care about the benefits and just love the taste of chocolate! (via Chocolate Covered Katie)
(Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie)
20. Carrot Orange Mango Smoothie: This juicy blend is sure to make your taste buds go wild! This 227-calorie snack makes the perfect post workout treat. (via Slender Kitchen)
(Photo: Slender Kitchen)
21. Creamy Mango Smoothie: This creamy, delightful indulgence is made with the fresh taste of mango and banana. This can quench anyone&rsquos smoothie thirst! (via Rachel Cooks)
(Photo: Rachel Cooks)
22. Simma Down Smoothie: This end-of-the-day sweet treat is great for winding down and relaxing after a jam-packed day. Filled with frozen blackberries and raspberries, this is a berry fabulous treat! Get creative and top it off with raw rolled oats and throw it in a bowl for more of a meal feel. (via Kath Eats)
(Photo: Kath Eats)
23. Cucumber Melon Smoothie: This cucumber melon smoothie smells just like the Bath and Body Works scent! It's so refreshing, sweet and light! And the simplicity of this thirst quenching drink makes it absolutely irresistible for any occasion. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
24. Cool n' Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie: This scrumptious treat is perfect for a day when you need to use up that big melon in the refrigerator before it goes bad. Easy fix: Throw some leftover cantaloupe, yogurt, honey, and some ice in the blender, and before your eyes you'll have an easy breakfast! This smoothie is super versatile, so you can really build it around what's in your pantry that day. (via Eat, Live, Run)
(Photo: Eat Live Run)
25. Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shake: This recipe combines all the rich flavors of chai tea with a sweet dash of vanilla for a delicious shake that may quickly become a staple in your morning or afternoon routine. Click here for more info.
(Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie)
26. Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie: As if kids needed another reason to be excited for the school day to end, this fun, quick, sweet, healthy after-school treat will get them running in through the door! This recipe is super simple to make with only 5 ingredients, and could easily be used for a lunch on the go or a fast breakfast! (via Marin Mama Cooks)
(Photo: Marin Mama Cooks)
27. Kiwi Banana Protein Smoothie:
This recipe uses banana, kiwi, Greek yogurt and stevia to slim this smoothie recipe way down! Check it out here.
28. Tropical Papaya Batido Fruit Smoothie: Now this smoothie is more of a seasonal type because of the papayas, but nonetheless is an exceptional drink! This pick-me-up, fruity drink is perfect for those more difficult mommy days. It&rsquos full of vitamins, fiber, and is dairy-free. (via Skinnytaste)
29. Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie: This morning meal is great for throwing in a glass and heading out the door. Filled with strawberries, bananas, coconut milk and delicious goat milk yogurt to add a twist! This smoothie is sure to make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. (via What's Gaby Cooking)
(Photo: Photo Credit: What's Gabby Cooking?)
30. Piña Colada Breakfast Smoothie: If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you must try this breakfast smoothie recipe. With so much tropical fruit flavor, you may close your eyes and think you're on a beach! (via On Sugar Mountain)
(Photo: On Sugar Mountain)
31. Blueberry Carrot Smoothie: This smoothie is absolutely perfect for an end of the evening snack! The simple drink consisting of blueberries, carrots, and a splash of orange juice, and will help you end your day on a healthy note. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
32. Spinach Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie: This kid-approved smoothie makes the perfect snack for any time of day. By using only four ingredients (spinach, blueberries, a banana, and some pomegranate juice) you can't go wrong with this delicious blend! (via Marin Mama Cooks)
(Photo: Marin Mama Cooks)
33. Pineapple Blueberry Smoothie: This fresh fruit invention is tropical and delicious! This is the perfect snack on a hot summer day! So, pop in some fresh blueberries, a banana, some pineapple, and a little fresh orange juice, and pretend you&rsquore on vacation somewhere. (via What's Gaby Cooking)
(Photo: What's Gaby Cooking)
34. Watermelon Mint Mojito Smoothie: This smoothie is so refreshing that it will leave you wanting more! The watermelon scent fills the entire house and blends perfectly with the mint and lime! With only 4 simple ingredients, this smoothie will leave you feeling great and gives you that perfect glow. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
35. Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Smoothie: This smoothie is so creamy and yummy! If you've never had chocolate almond milk before, then you've got to give it a try! It tastes more like a milkshake than a good-for-you smoothie. (via Something Swanky)
(Photo: Something Swanky)
36. Triple Berry Smoothie: This is another great breakfast on the go, for both you and your kids! With a blend of sweet berries mixed with the creaminess of the yogurt, it&rsquos guaranteed this treat will leave you wanting more! Mix it up and enjoy. (via Skinnytaste)
37. Apple Cinnamon Smoothie: Don't waste your daily calorie on a sugary slice of apple pie when you can have it in a healthy smoothie form! (via My Whole Food Life)
(Photo: My Whole Food Life)
38. Purple Dragon Smoothie: This kid-friendly treat is great for all ages! This is simple enough for any kid to help with in the kitchen! Blending frozen blueberries, orange juice, yogurt, and a hint of sweetener will turn the creation into a beautiful lilac color! Now let the creative juices start flowing and let your kids make their own fairytale fruit smoothie. (via Chocolate Covered Katie)
(Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie)
39. Green Piña Colada Smoothie: This green smoothie is super easy and simple to make! Running late to work? Throw some spinach, pineapple and coconut milk in the blender, toss in some ice, and boom: Breakfast is ready. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
40. Blueberry Peach Smoothie: This delicate smoothie is absolutely delicious! It's naturally sweet, more on the thicker side, and uses 100 percent fruit! It&rsquos an easy, fast and healthy snack. How could you resist? (via Bright Eyed Baker)
(Photo: Bright Eyed Baker)
41. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie: If you have any kind of a chocolate sweet tooth, you will just fall in love with this smoothie. Filled with creamy peanut butter, this vegan choice makes a great start to the morning, and can also make a wonderful late night, healthy snack to quench your chocolate thirst. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
42. Strawberry Beet Smoothie: This pink smoothie is great for a girls' day with your friends! Just throw in some cooked beets, strawberries, ice, almond milk and sticky-sweet dates, turn on that blender and watch the color pop! (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
43. Pumpkin Smoothie: Creamy, delicious, and utterly superb! You've gotta try this recipe. If you're a pumpkin fanatic, then this recipe will definitely exceed your expectations. (via The Pioneer Woman)
(Photo: The Pioneer Woman)
44. Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie: Now this smoothie is absolutely to die for! Not only is this a healthy morning snack, but is a strong contender for a late night treat instead of that piece of chocolate cake. (via Girl Makes Food)
(Photo: Girl Makes Food)
45. Strawberry Banana Smoothie: This yummy treat tastes so good that you'll think it's bad! A guilty pleasure at its finest, except it's healthy and nutritious! You will absolutely fall in love with this fresh, tasty delicacy. (via Dashing Dish)
(Photo: Dashing Dish)
46. Strawberry Pineapple Coconut Smoothie: Just close your eyes as you sip this smoothie and you'll soon be on an island somewhere in the sun! (via Good Life Eats)
(Photo: Goodlife Eats)
47. Mango Avocado Smoothie: Have you ever had an avocado smoothie? It's out of this world and makes the smoothie so creamy. The added mango makes it extra sweet. (via Eat Yourself Skinny)
(Photo: Eat Yourself Skinny)
48. Blueberry Mango Smoothie: The blueberries and mango in this recipe compliment each other perfectly. It's super refreshing, nourishing, and healthy for you! (via Two Peas and Their Pod)
(Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod)
49. Coconut Ginger Smoothie: The sweet flavor of coconut blended with the spiciness of ginger makes for a fantastic recipe! This is a fancy refreshment you'll fall in love with. (via For the Love of Food)
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50. Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie: Strawberry cheesecake is a classic and marvelous dessert, so, of course, this recipe doesn't disappoint. The best news is that it's low-fat, so unlike the delicious dessert, this smoothie won't leave you feeling guilty. (via Something Swanky)
(Photo: Something Swanky)
So grab your favorite ingredients and your trusted blender, and start your day off right, with a delicious and healthy smoothie.
Super Green Smoothie Bowl
I’ve been drinking a green smoothie for breakfast for about five years now.
There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with working out and getting in two servings each of fruit and vegetables before 10 a.m.
But have you heard the new thing about smoothies? You can put them in BOWLS. Yes, bowls. Why, you ask?
Because you can make them into even more of a complete meal with the simple addition of a few blend-in ingredients and toppings. Count me in!
This smoothie bowl is absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s simple (as always), requiring just 10 minutes to make, and entirely customizable. I provide a basic round-up of ingredients for you to start with so you can then experiment and make this bowl your own.
The basic idea, in my opinion, is to make a slightly thicker, more nutritionally dense smoothie (with things like avocado and nut butter) and then top it with some game-changing ingredients, like coconut, hemp seeds, granola, nut butters, etc. You get the drift.
Basically, anything in your pantry that will take your smoothie from tide-me-over snack to seriously-substantial meal.
My ideal green smoothie bowl has:
Super bright green color (achieved with lighter-colored berries and loads of greens)
Nut butter for extra protein
Avocado for healthy fats and richness
Flaxseed meal for fiber
And natural sweetness from frozen bananas
When it comes to toppings, a few of my favorites include:
Roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
& Hemp seeds
I also think coconut butter, peanut butter, or even a crumbled-up Coconut Berry Muffin would be amazing! Dream big, people – the options are endless.
I hope you guys LOVE this recipe and make it your own.
If you give it a try, let us know by leaving a comment and rating it! And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can be smoothie buds. Cheers!
Let's make a strawberry smoothie!
Super quick and easy, this is a great idea for a breakfast or take away snack when you're short on time. In a blender, add the frozen strawberry yogurt, honey, and apple juice. Mix until everything is smooth.
Variations of homemade strawberry smoothie
This recipe is simple, which means it is very customizable. Get creative and make this strawberry your own.
- Juice: Instead of apple juice, use orange juice, almond milk, milk, or even water.
- Bananas: Frozen bananas add even more creaminess and can add whatever extra sweetness you want.
- Protein: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. They come in so many fun flavors that you can get really creative with them. Personally, I like good vanilla with my strawberry.
- Nut butter: A spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter for texture and flavor. It tastes like a sandwich in a straw.
- Greens: Of course, you can add kale or spinach to your smoothie for iron and nutrients. I have to warn you that the color will be a little unattractive but still tasty.
- Chocolate: Add a scoop of cocoa powder for a chocolate-coated strawberry smoothie.
Tips for the ideal smoothie
This is one of those basic recipes that you just can't get wrong with, but there are things that you should always keep in mind no matter what type of smoothie you're making.
- Order matters: To get that perfectly smooth creamy texture, you'll want to layer your green and liquid closest to the blades. Then add your frozen fruits and add-ins. So if your blade is on the bottom layer the liquid will turn green, then the rest. If your blade is the lid, put half of the liquid in the bottom, add the frozen fruit and add-ins, set put the green in last and add the rest of your liquid.
- The mixer is important: You want to make sure your blender is up to the job. If you're a smoothie addict, it's worth investing in a powerful blender that will get the job done, and not burn out.
- Leave the ice outsideand opt for frozen fruit: Adding ice to make your smoothie cold will only dilute your smoothie. Using frozen fruit creates a thick, smooth, cold smoothie with an intact flavor.
- Sneak into these greens: Smoothies are a great way to add greens to your diet without actually trying them. Adding spinach and kale are two of the favorites that add nutrients without much flavor. Use kale and spinach for sweeter flavors that are easier to blend.
- Protein and fats: Smoothies are a great way to add protein and healthy fats that can help you feel fuller for longer. Nut butters, chia seeds, hemp, flax seeds, and even frozen avocado. Trust me, avocado creates the smoothest, creamiest smoothie you will ever have.
More drinks to sip
Whether it's a quick breakfast or a fancy meal, the drink can make all the difference. Drinks can quench your thirst, warm you up, or just help you relax. Remarkably easy to make and full of flavor, drinks are just so much fun to make and drink. Here are some popular, tried, and real drink recipes to try the next time you need something for a special occasion.
- In a blender, add the frozen strawberry yogurt, honey, and apple juice. Mix until everything is smooth.
Calories 201 kcal (10%) carbohydrates 47 G (16%) protein 4th G (8th%) fat 1 G (2%) Saturated fat 1 G (5%) cholesterol 1 mg sodium 19th mg (1%) potassium 559 mg (16%) Fiber 5 G (20%) sugar 38 G (42%) Vitamin A. 29 IU (1%) vitamin C 129 mg (156%) calcium 78 mg (8th%) iron 1 mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.
Boost Nutritional Content With Beet Greens
Most juice recipes that use beets will call for the beets to be trimmed – which means you’re left with beet greens that are full of nutrition. Not only high in fiber, but beet greens also contain high levels of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.
Beet greens also contain vitamin K, which may work with calcium to increase bone strength and may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. So, the next time you’re juicing beets, consider juicing in the beet greens as well.
Banana beetroot smoothie
Smoothies are a rage all over the world. Smoothies for breakfast, smoothies for in between meals, smoothies for lunch, smoothies for desserts, the options are endless. What is actually a smoothie? Hadn’t even heard of the word smoothies when I was growing up.
Smoothies are drinks that usually are pretty thick in consistency, are cold and very filling. Its like having a meal in a glass.
What do you need to make smoothies?
a) A liquid like water, milk, yogurt, juice
b) fresh fruits or vegetables like spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, carrots to name a few
c) sweetener can be sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, stevia etc
d) spices which is optional like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg etc
e) nuts or nut butters which are optional
f) add ons like protein powder, seeds, moringa etc
g) herbs like mint, coriander, basil etc
i) ice creams which again is totally optional
j) oats, cooked millets, millet flours etc.
Any combination of the above makes a smoothie. How did the banana beetroot smoothie appear in my kitchen? Well, I love having smoothies for breakfast and I tend to add oats to my morning smoothies. Just before traveling to Nairobi, I had one small beetroot left in the fridge and some bananas. So breakfast before the trip was a healthy pink reddish smoothie. I didn’t need to add any sweetener as beetroot and banana are both naturally sweet. However if you want it extra sweet add a sweetener of your choice.
Check out easy and nutritious smoothie. Filling and delicious too.
BANANA BEETROOT SMOOTHIE
1 small beetroot, raw or boiled
1½ cups cold milk or yogurt
- Chop the beetroot into tiny cubes
- Put the frozen banana, chopped beetroot, cardamom powder, oats and milk or yogurt into a blender jug.
- Process till you get a smooth consistency.
- Pour the smoothie into serving glasses.
- Top with chopped nuts and chia seeds. Serve.
- Cut bananas into slices before you freeze them. Its best to place the slices on a tray and freeze. This way its easier to process the slices rather than a lump of frozen banana.
- If you don’t have frozen banana then use fresh ones. Add ice cubes to get a thick cold consistency.
- You can used boiled, steamed or roasted beetroot or raw. Both taste great.
- Add 1-2 tsp cocoa powder for a chocolate banana beetroot smoothie.
If you do try this recipe then please either
- add a comment below,
- send a picture to my email [email protected]
- tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
- or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962
You may want to check out other smoothie recipes:
mango and yogurt smoothie
mango strawberry smoothie
blueberries and grapes smoothie
Carrot Cake Smoothie + Warm Sweet Potato &lsquon Black Bean Salad
I’m loving the discussion going on in the Daily Glow Graduation Fears…it’s honest, real, and inspiring.
On Friday, I was feeling extra motivated (which doesn’t happen much in the Winter!), so I decided to get my long run completed a couple days early.
[I was also tickled pink when I found my workout tank that was missing for months!]
I’m up to 8 miles for my long run this week and it felt so nice to check it off the list. I ran the 8 miles at incline 1% in 78 minutes.
Unfortunately, some of the miles ticked by ever so slowly…and I concluded that a long run on the treadmill is a test of mental strength more than anything. I had to convince myself that I could do it over and over and over again. I know I have the physical stamina, I just need to work on my mental stamina while running indoors. And I remind myself that cursing is sometimes necessary.
To help beat the boredom, I watched The Devil Wears Prada and I also did mini-tempo intervals during the run. I started at 6.0 mph and with each 400 metres, I increased the speed by 0.1 mph until I reached 6.6 mph, and then I repeated the interval. It helped for the first few miles, but then I got tired and said to hell with it and ran at 6.0 mph for the rest of the way. lol.
After the run, I was craving a cold, satisfying smoothie.
Carrot Cake Smoothie
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into chunks (
Directions. Throw all ingredients into the blender, starting with the almond milk and blend until smooth. Sprinkle on some coconut, cinnamon, and a dollop of coconut butter if desired. Makes 2 cups.
Note : This recipe works best with a high speed blender as the carrot is difficult to process.
Do you notice anything sad about this picture below?
That would be the end of My Favourite Granola stash! Tragic….just tragic, my friends.
I really enjoyed this Carrot Cake smoothie! It has a yummy carrot cake flavour while packing in 2 servings of veggies. Just make sure you blend it until fully smooth – you don’t want a grainy texture from the carrots.
My post-run fuel usually looks something like this….
I love open-faced, toasted sandwiches on sprouted grain bread. Did I mention I pretty much only eat my bread toasted? Weird eh? The only time I do not toast bread is when it is fresh baked bread, otherwise I find that sprouted grain bread is wonderful toasted.
I’m currently crazy about Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted grain bread. Anyone tried this brand before? I buy it at my wholesaler, Ontario Natural Food Coop.
I made some quick homemade guacamole (mashed 1 avocado, squirt of lime, red onion, olive oil, & kosher salt) with some protein-packed lentils and tomato sauce. It was a random, yet incredible combo!
I had it with a sliced apple and the dangerously delicious Chocolate Pecan Butter.
5 minutes to prepare or less. You really can’t beat that when you are about to chew your arm off.
One of our dinners last week was this Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Warm Salad, inspired by the amazing (and increasingly veggie-loving!) Mark Bittman.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Warm Salad
- 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 large onion, preferably red, chopped (1.5 cups chopped)
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 3-4 tbsp fresh lime juice (Juice of 2 limes), to TASTE!
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 cups cooked black beans, drained (14-15oz can)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced (made about 3 tablespoons minced)
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or non-stick mat. Place chopped sweet potato and onion onto baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix to coat. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, remove and toss veggies to ensure even cooking. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until veggies are tender and slightly brown around the edges. Remove and set aside. The total time I roasted the veggies was about 37 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing the following ingredients together in a bowl: 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 2 minced garlic cloves, 3-4 tbsp fresh lime juice (to taste), minced cilantro, and 1/2 tsp cumin. Now mix in the drained and rinsed black beans and stir well.
3. When the veggies are done cooking, place them into a large bowl. Pour on the dressing and mix well. Serve immediately, warm. Makes about 4 servings.
These are the changes I made to the original recipe:
- I cut down the oil from 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil to just 3 tbsp (and it still tasted amazing!).
- I added ground cumin as this goes well with anything lime flavoured
- I used 2 garlic cloves instead of 1
- I used a yellow onion because I did not have a red onion
- I used 1/2 cup of Cilantro because that was all I had (instead of 1 cup)
It still turned out INCREDIBLE!
First, roast the sweet potato and onion…
Meanwhile, make the dressing.
Mix together the lime juice, garlic, minced Cilantro, kosher salt, pepper, and oil.
Stir in the drained and rinsed black beans.
When the veggies are done, mix it all together!
The result is an array of savoury and tangy flavours. It is warm and comforting from the soft bites of sweet potato while the dressing gives it such a fresh and unexpected kick. We just loved it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it appears I have a little granola issue to address. )
Pretty in Pink Grapefruit and Pear Smoothie
With baby steps of trepidation on how to use this gadget, I slowly turned the thing on, and took the ingredients for a whirl. I made a kindergarten-level-of-difficulty smoothie to help jump start this stubborn plateau of weight loss that I’m stuck on . . . which sometimes seems like a permanent plateau!
With a focus on including seasonal (but sadly, not local), ingredients, I used super juicy red grapefruit and sweet ripe pears. Adding in some Greek yogurt brimming over with those invaluable probiotics that help clean out the old gut, plus sprinkling in some healthy flax seeds . . .
and POOF, a healthy smoothie was quickly in my hands for dinner tonight!
MORE SMOOTHIE RECIPES