Cranberry Detox Smoothie

cranberry smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen cranberries (you can substitute juice, around 1/2 – 3/4 cup but it adds a bunch of preservatives and crap)
1 medium orange, seeded, peeled and skinned, then divided into sections.
Zest of 1 medium orange
1 cup unsweetened orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk
small handful of fresh spinach leaves

Directions:

Combine spinach, cranberries, oranges, and orange juice.
Blend until thick but smooth. Add more juice by the tablespoon if needed to thin out the cranberries enough to blend.
Add remainder of ingredients and mix until smooth.

Carrot Smoothie

carrot smoothie

1 c. carrot juice
1/2 unsweetened applesauce
2 T frozen orange juice concentrate
1 c. plain greek yogurt (you can use regular yogurt but you lose the great protein source. I’d say add a scoop of protein powder if you make this switch)
dash of salt

Blend until fully combined.

you can make your own carrot juice as well

puree a bag of carrots (washed, peeled, tops cut off)
add 2 c. hot water and stir
allow it to sit out for about a half hour then strain the pulp
1 t. salt
add more water to taste

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

tropical fruit

With summer upon us, I thought I’d liven up the joint with some seasonal tropical fruit ideas.

Ingredients:

1 c. pineapple
1 med banana
1/2 c. mango
1/4 c. papaya
3/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 water
1/3 c. frozen orange juice (I use 5 alive myself)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as meal replacement or post workout drink)

Directions:

blend together frozen juice, water, and fruit
add protein powder and yogurt
blend until smooth and creamy

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed (use a sweet one or it might turn out bitter)
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup sugar/sweetener, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice, or to taste

Combine all ingredients, except ice, in a large blender and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated.
If desired, add a splash more water or more milk.
Add the ice and blend until smooth.

Sweet Pineapple Smoothie

pineapple smoothie

It’s April and with tropical fruits like pineapple coming into season I can’t be happier. I adore pineapple. I love hitting the produce aisle and picking up fresh pineapple and just eating it plain with nothing added. Soo good if it’s ripe enough. 1 serving of pineapple (around 150 grams or so) is more than a whole day worth of vitamin C requirements. Just beware that there is a high natural sugar content so you don’t want to overdo it too much!

Ingredients:

1 c. fresh orange juice (you can use 1 can frozen juice instead if you double the rest of the recipe)
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained (fresh pineapple will work too. Use about a cup of pineapple, 1/4 c. water, and 2 tsp. sugar)
2 med. bananas (sliced)
1 (8 oz.) carton plain or vanilla yogurt
1 c. crushed ice

Directions:

Combine everything except yogurt in the blender and whirl until smooth.
Add yogurt and whirl until blended.
Serve.

Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup peeled, pitted and sliced fresh mango
honey to taste
1/2 cup ice

Optional: 1/2 cup milk but use the whole mango
Optional: 1 Scoop protein powder (put this in blender first)

Place the juice, fruit and honey in a blender.
Blend on high speed for 30 seconds.
Add the ice and blend until smooth.

Best Winter Smoothie Recipe – Low Fat Blueberry Orange Smoothie

Blueberry Orange Smoothie

Offering tons of antioxidants along with calcium and vitamin C this smoothie is a great way to start the day.

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
8 ounces plain or vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Protein powder (optional)

Directions:

Whirl all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Berry Tofu Smoothie

Berry Tofu Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 Cups Fat Free Milk
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
3 oz Silken Tofu
2 Cups frozen berries OR 2 Cups of any frozen fruit you like.

Directions:

Put it all in the blender and blend at high speed until everything is mixed well and there are no chunks.
If the mixture is a little too thick you can add a little more milk just to help the blender.

This recipe makes two large 16 oz servings.

Organic Smoothie

organic smoothie

Ingredients:

2 c organic calcium-fortified orange juice
1 c frozen organic strawberries
1/3 c frozen organic blueberries
1 med banana, can be frozen or extra ripe.

smoothie popsicle

Optional:
1/8 c. Flax oil
3 scoops protein powder

Directions:

Blend the main ingredients in your blender until smooth, then add any optional ingredients desired.

This also freezes really well (for smoothie Popsicles).

If you only need to feed yourself, then you can cut the ingredients in half