Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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  • Simple and Easy Smoothies

    Simple and Easy Smoothies

    There seem to be endless options for creating smoothies. But what distinguishes a “healthy” one from the rest? Scoops of ice cream or severe, fat-free versions don’t meet the criteria. A healthy smoothie keeps you hydrated and includes good fats that are vital for fueling your body.

    From vegetable smoothie recipes to berry-packed beverages, we’ve discovered the top smoothies—rich in vitamins and antioxidants—to help prevent disease, without skimping on flavor.

  • Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    An oldie but goodie, the peanut butter smoothie provides long-lasting energy and serves as a great way to start your day. Look for all-natural peanut butter that has no cholesterol and no hydrogenated oil.

    *Allergy warning: contains peanuts

    Ingredients:

    • 1 banana
    • 1 tbs. natural peanut butter
    • 10 oz. skim milk (or soy)

    Drizzle with honey for a sweet garnish.

  • Banana Strawberry Soy Smoothie

    Banana Strawberry Soy Smoothie

    Satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your protein intake with this soy smoothie. Soy offers an alternative to dairy and other fattier protein sources. Plus, soy is linked to lowering bad cholesterol and packed with powerful antioxidants.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup soy milk (vanilla flavored, if preferred)
    • 5 oz silken tofu
    • 1 banana (cut into chunks)
    • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
    • 2 tsp. honey
  • Blueberry Antioxidant Smoothie

    Blueberry Antioxidant Smoothie

    Satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your protein intake with this soy smoothie. Soy offers an alternative to dairy and other, protein sources. Soy is linked to lowering bad cholesterol and packed with powerful antioxidants.

    *Allergy warning: contains soy products

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup soy milk (vanilla flavored, if preferred)
    • 5 oz. silken tofu
    • 1 banana (cut into chunks)
    • 2 cups fresh strawberries (sliced)
    • 2 tsp. honey
  • Raspberry Avocado Smoothie

    Raspberry Avocado Smoothie

    The combination may seem odd, but the creamy avocado tames the tartness of this smoothie. In addition to loads of potassium from the avocado, this drink provides vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants that may help fight against developing certain types of cancers.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 avocado (peeled, pitted)
    • ¾ cup orange juice
    • ¾ cup raspberry juice
    • ½ cup raspberries
  • Tomato Smoothie

    Tomato Smoothie

    There’s no denying the health properties of tomatoes: packed with vitamins A and C, they may help delay the start of many age-related diseases.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups tomatoes
    • ½ cup tomato juice
    • ¼ cup apple juice
    • ½ cup carrots
    • ¼ cup celery
    • hot sauce (to taste)
    • 2 cups ice
  • Kale Smoothie

    Kale Smoothie

    Kale is a super food, rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin A. It’s also tough, which makes blending the leaves for a smoothie a bit challenging. To get a creamy texture, soak kale leaves in water first, then add any remaining water to the mix.  

    Ingredients:

    • 4 to 5 leaves of kale
    • 2 bananas
    • 1 cup blueberries  
    • a few slices cucumber
  • Mango Papaya Smoothie

    Mango Papaya Smoothie

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists mango, along with cantaloupe and apricots, among “the best sources of vitamin A.” Rich in iron and antioxidants, the mango fruit also aids in the digestive process. Like mango, papaya contains enzymes that aid in digestion, while offering a great source of fiber.   

    *Allergy warning: contains dairy and tree nuts

    Ingredients:

    • 1 mango (peeled, pitted)
    • 1 papaya (peeled, seeded)
    • 2 cups plain yogurt
    • 2 tbs. fresh lime juice
    • 3 tbs. honey (to taste)
    • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • Banana Colada Smoothie

    Banana Colada Smoothie

    Welcome the weekend with a soothing banana colada smoothie. This non-alcoholic version of the piña colada replaces alcohol with pineapple for a refreshing summer treat.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 bananas
    • 4 fl. oz. cream of coconut
    • one 8 oz. can pineapple chunks (in juice)
    • 3 cups crushed ice

    For an added kick, sprinkle coconut flakes on top after blending.

  • Whey Protein Smoothie

    Whey Protein Smoothie

    This smoothie doesn’t go light on the protein or potassium, and totals around 650 calories. It’s ideal for athletes—whey protein helps repair and build muscle tissue, and provides energy.

    *Allergy warning: contains dairy

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup yogurt
    • 1 cup 2 percent milk
    • 1 banana
    • 2 scoops whey protein powder
    • ½ cup ice
  • More Tips to Staying Healthy

    More Tips to Staying Healthy

    • Don’t skip breakfastIt’s easy in our increasingly fast-paced routines to skip the first meal of the day, but cutting breakfast means missing out on refueling your body. Plus, at lunch, you may end up over-eating, and break good diet habits.
    • Keep a food diaryRecording what you eat—along with how much, where you ate, and how you felt while eating—can prove an effective method toward establishing good eating habits. A diary can help your doctor design a plan that meets your goals, such as eating to boost your immune system.

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