Smoothie Weather: What to Make?

Smoothies are a tasty and nutritious snack or meal for the warm weather ahead. These liquid treats can be nutritional powerhouses if done right. Try fitting one of these delicious recipes as your new go-to breakfast or maybe even a refreshing afternoon snack.

1) Be a Machine: A Green Machine

It is no new scientific revelation that leafy greens are stocked full of vitamins. Kale has become known as one of the world’s most prominent super-foods. Loaded with fiber and Vitamins K, A, and C you will be doing your body a favor by mowing down some of this stuff on a regular basis. Yes, it even works GREAT in a smoothie. Don’t knock it until you try it…I promise! Try this recipe below:

Serves 2:

6 romaine leaves, chopped
4 kale leaves, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth….then drink up!

2) Chocolate: Yeap…Let’s “Shake” Things Up

Chocolate…in a smoothie…and it’s good for you? I said it! Chocolate milke has actually proven to be one of the best post-workout beverages out there. The combination of sugar and protein is the perfect blend to heal those muscles after exercise. Try this recipe below…kind of like a chocolate covered strawberry.

Serves 1:

8 oz. chocolate milk
4 oz. strawberries
4 oz. bananas
A couple of ice cubes
*Add some flax seeds to the mix if you want an extra boost of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Directions: Blend…maybe blend some more…then try to pace yourself while enjoying this delectable health haven.

3) Summer Treat Reinvented: The Orange Dreamsicle

Creamy…decadent…guilty. These three words are usually not usually associated with health foods, but we are going to change the game! This delicious combination will bring you back to the summer days of your childhood. The vitamin C in this recipe combined the digestive friendly probiotics from the yogurt make this an unexpected nutritional force to be reckoned with!

Serves 1:

1 navel orange, peeled
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ice cubes

Directions: Do you get it yet? It starts with a B…BLEND!!

4) Cminanmom…Ciniminamon…Oh…CINNAMON!

I bet you didn’t know that cinnamon has been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol. Well, maybe you do if you have been reading our blog! This delicious smooth comes packing with the one of nature’s most powerful spices that has been proven to even help regulate blood sugar, which can be a great asset for those dealing with Type 2 Diabetes. Enjoy this exciting recipe a great morning pickup:

Serves 1:

3⁄4 cup instant oatmeal nuked in water
2 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 ice cubes

Directions: Do I really need to say what to do?

Enjoy!! Fell free to add any of your recipes to our comments section…or post them to our facebook page.