Thursday, June 9, 2016

Five Smoothie Faves

One of my favorite ways to get all the vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, etc. into my diet is with a smoothie. You can get all of your daily requirements of every nutrient in one quick meal if you wanted! This is especially important for me as I don't get a lot of time in between my clients during the day, so I'll often make a smoothie in advance and keep it in the fridge at work for sipping throughout the day. And it's a GREAT way to get nutrients into my kids, especially my picky son. And with the warm weather firmly in place, smoothies are a cool and refreshing way to eat. Whether you have them for breakfast, lunch or snack, they are a great way to get the nutrients you need without having to turn on the oven! There are so many yummy combinations but I've narrowed down some of my favorites into the 5 below. I may have to do a monthly installment of my 5 favorite smoothies every month :)

Before I continue, I'm linking up with the Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run. Be sure to show them some love!

Here are the five smoothies I've been drinking up this week:


Pineapple Green Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup packed spinach
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup diced pineapple (I use a can of diced pineapple in 100% pineapple juice)
1 forzen banana
3 tbs hemp protein powder (or whatever your serving size is)

Place everything in the blender, adding liquids first. Combine until smooth.



PB&J Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbs peanut butter
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Place everything in the blender, adding liquids first. Combine until smooth.





Chocolate Banana Split Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use vanilla but you can use chocolate almond milk as well. I just use vanilla more often and have it on hand regularly)
2 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbs raw cacao powder
1 serving hemp protein powder

Place everything in the blender, adding liquids first. Combine until smooth.




Apple Carrot Ginger Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 apple, cored but not peeled
1 carrot, chopped
1 tsp ground ginger

Place everything in the blender, adding liquids first. Combine until smooth. I usually have this in addition to a breakfast, so there isn't a protein source here. But you could easily add a serving of hemp protein powder.



Super Green Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup baby spinach
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
1 tbs chia seeds
Pinch of ground cinnamon
3 tbs hemp protein powder

Put everything into the blender, liquids first. Add ice if you want a cooler, slushier smoothie :)


Do you like smoothies? What are your favorite recipes? 

21 comments:

  1. I'm a super fan of smoothies all year round, but especially in the summer because they are so healthy and refreshing.

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    1. Yes! They are so refreshing in the warmer weather.

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  2. All of these smoothies look delicious! I need to get back to making them and adding protein powder to help me get through the day!

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    1. It definitely helps fill me up and I don't feel hungry as quickly as usual :)

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  3. now that it is getting warmer I will be back on the smoothies!

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    1. They are perfect for summer and not just for breakfast! I have them for refreshing snacks too.

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  4. Okay, you have me sold on the Pb and J smoothie!

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    1. So good!! That one is probably my favorite :)

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  5. very summery!! I am not a big fan of smoothies but they are a pretty handy meal.

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    1. They definitely help me when I'm pressed for time and can't eat a proper meal.

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  6. The apple carrot ginger smoothie looks YUM!

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  7. I am not a big smoothie fan. I prefer eating my calories rather than drinking them. We don't have a lot of the ingredients here either, like flavored almond milk.

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    1. I also like to eat my calories too but it's hard to get a meal in with my schedule sometimes. Smoothies help me get calories throughout the day until I get get home and have a good dinner! Gotta keep that engine running somehow!

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  8. Oh wow I just love all the colors of these smoothies. I tend to eat more of them during the warmer months vs the colder months!

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    1. Yes there's just something about a cold, refreshing smoothie after a hot run. It's almost worth running in the heat ;)

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  9. I eat a lot of smoothies! Yours are similar to ones I make, but I add yogurt for more protein. Pineapple is one of my favorites in smoothies.

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    1. I'll add yogurt every now and then too. Makes it so yummy!

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  10. Yum!! These all sound delish!!! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Hope you like them if you try them!

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  11. Yum! I love smoothies!! Thanks for sharing these recipes!!

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