3 Healthy and Delicious Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies or fruit and vegetable coctails have become extremely popular over the last decade. They are perfect for a quick breakfast or a refreshing treat and a great way to get loads of nutrients into your diet.

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT SMOOTHIE?

Not all smoothies are equally healthy. An ordinary drink can turn into a high-calorie dessert due to the wrong combo of its ingredients.

If you want to get a healthy drink, you should avoid including the following ingredients into your smoothie:

  • ice-cream
  • whipped cream/cream
  • sugar or sugar-based syrups
  • chocolate, cookies, confectionery, etc.

However, smoothies that contain the following ingredients can be safely included into your diet:

  • fruits, berries, veggies;
  • water, or coconut water, milk, or a dairy-free alternative such as soya or nut milk, natural or vegan yogurt;
  • medjool dates, maple/agave/date syrup, or honey are used to add sweetness to the drink;
  • a small amount of nuts or seeds.

Such smoothies are nutrient packed and keep your body clean and healthy.

Here are 3 healthy smoothie recipes for a delicious breakfast or an afternoon treat.

PRINT THE RECIPES

  1. A green Spinach Avocado Smoothie. This smoothie is a true nutrition bomb. It packs high amounts of almost everything – fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium, while a tiny bit of coconut oil helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection.

    A Spinach Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients (yields aproximately 400 ml):

1/2 avocado
1/2 banana
1 cup spinach
1 cup almond milk
1 pitted medjool date
1 tsp coconut oil of room temperature
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  1. Wash spinach. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

2. A Chocolate Splash Smoothie made with cacao, dates and frozen bananas. Cacao is a great source of antioxidants, while dates and bananas instantly boost your energy levels and get your body into high gear. You can easily replace your morning cup of coffee with this Chocolate Splash Smoothie. It is also packed with a high amount of magnesium, manganese and potassium which help imrove thyroid health and regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system.

Chocolate Splash Smoothie

Ingredients (yield: 2 servings or aproximately 400 ml):

  • 2 tsps cacao powder (no sugar added)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond/cashew milk
  • 1-2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 8-10 cashews or almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil of room temperature (optional)

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients well and enjoy!

3. A Cherry Tale Smoothie. Made with fresh or frozen cherries and banana, this whips into a creamy, luscious grab-and-go breakfast or snack in less than 5 minutes. Make a healthier version of this drink by adding a handful of nuts or a teaspoon of flaxseeds which provides satiating fiber, protein and immune-boosting minerals.

Ingredients (yield: 2 servings or aproximately 400 ml):

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
  • 1 tsp flaxseeds / 8-10 cashews
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 tsps maple syrup / honey
  • 1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil of room temperature

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Are you a fan of a smoothie? What do you put in yours?

DID YOU MAKE ANY OF THESE RECIPES?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and tag me @irinakizimenko.

Irina
Hey! I'm Irina, a foodie who finds inspiration in developing healthy and nourishing plant-based recipes. This blog is created with a goal of sharing my passion and experience with travel, health, beauty and all the things that get me inspired and make my life interesting.

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