Category: Smoothie Recipes

Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana
Smoothie Recipe

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This delicious Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana Smoothie recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and with a simple tweak works for Paleo too!  Smoothies are a nutritious way to start the day and with the chocolate in this one, the kids will think they are having dessert for breakfast!

Smoothies are a super easy, very nutritious way to start the day! There are so many different options that it’s pretty much impossible to get bored with them. This dairy-free smoothie is made with avocado (which gives them an extra creaminess), banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder!

Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some healthy options so easy when you have a picky eater! Children that wouldn’t consider touching an avocado or spinach are quick to drink it if you add chocolate or berries. The possibilities are truly endless!

Smoothies also work well as an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up after a workout. Stick with natural sweetness like raw honey, bananas, or maple syrup for a healthier smoothie than those made with sugar or sweetened yogurt.

Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ banana
  • ½ large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Water to cover all ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend avocado, banana, and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
Use carob powder instead of cocoa powder and omit the honey if you are following a paleo or AIP diet.
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

One of the best things about smoothies is that there really are no limits to what you can do with them. From light and fruity to rich and creamy, the variations are absolutely endless. Another great thing about them is that they’re like dessert, but much healthier.

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No matter what your favorite dessert is, from a banana split to pumpkin pie, you can whip up a smoothie version of it in minutes. Throw a few ingredients in the blender, hit the button, and boom! Dessert in a glass.

So it should come as no surprise that my newest recipe is for a cinnamon roll smoothie. Basically, just imagine taking all the sweet, sticky, spicy indulgence of a fresh-baked cinnamon roll and cramming it into a glass. The only thing you can leave out is the guilt, because this Cinnamon Roll Smoothie is low-fat and packed with healthy fruit and oatmeal.

A cinnamon roll you can sip through a straw. You can’t beat that-but you can blend it.

Note: If you do not have frozen fruit to use for the smoothies, fresh fruit will work just fine. If using fresh fruit, make sure to add a handful of ice to the other ingredients before blending. The frozen fruit just adds that cold element to make an ice cold drink.
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie, Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 frozen banana (or fresh banana, but add in 3-4 ice cubes with fresh)

Optional: 1/4 fresh walnuts

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 



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Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

This recipe is so delicious and easy!! You can make it as basic as you want or feel free to add orange puree, mango, and other ingredients to make your smoothie even more delicious!!

Preparation

  • Using the smoothie or ice crush setting on your Vitamix blender. Purée orange, banana, carrot, mango, coconut water, hemp seeds, honey, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, salt, and ½ cup ice in a blender until smooth.

A pinch of salt makes everything taste better, including savory smoothies.

Mango Carrot turmeric smoothieIngredients for your Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie

SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

  • 1 blood or navel orange, peel and white pith removed
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey (Benefits of Local Raw Honey)
  •  cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon shelled raw hemp seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  •  teaspoons turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Vitamix 7500 BlenderThe most common Vitamix shopper’s question is some variant of, “I want a Vitamix to make smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts. Which model would be best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines work great for those purposes; which one is best for you depends on if you want to pay for extra features.

If you’re overwhelmed by the choices and just want to know my preference, I’ve used all of the different types of Vitamix blenders, and the one I use on a daily basis is the 7500, with an extra 32-oz container for blending smaller amounts. (For the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.) All of the models are excellent, and I don’t think there is a wrong choice. (Plus, if you change your mind in the first 30 days, you can get a full refund, including covered shipping both ways.)



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Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Let’s face it. Some of the healthiest foods on the planet can cause some serious bloat. I’m looking at you, broccoli. Sorry lentils, I love you, but you aren’t doing my stomach any favors.

Now, I would never cut those healthy foods out of my diet just because they cause me to get bloated. I just am careful not to eat them before I’m going out on a date night with my hubby. Or any time I want to wear something that isn’t loose.

The good news is, just as there are foods that can cause bloating, there are also some foods that can fight the bloat. I stuffed a whole bunch of anti-bloating foods into a smoothie. Why? For those times when you need something to eat, but really don’t want a bloated stomach.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside this smoothie and why it won’t cause you to bloat.

Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight bloating.

Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.

Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.

Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.

The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit, but is still good.

May your days be bloat-free, friends!

Cucumber Coconut Water
The Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies
1/2 cup coconut water
1 banana
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
handful of ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!

Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.

 

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Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

It’s cold out which means I’m dreaming of the tropics!!! When the tropical craving hits, a trip to the frozen foods section of my grocery store can provide some beachy-inspiration in no time. My tasty 5-ingredient tropical smoothie is just what the doctor ordered!

I start with fresh bananas, then frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes, a fresh orange, and…the last ingredient… drum roll…

Coconut water!  I’m obsessed with the stuff, and always keep it on hand as a nice natural source of electrolytes to drink during and after workouts.  But as it turns out, coconut water is also the perfect light tropical liquid for blending up smoothies!

Just toss all of the ingredients into your Vitamix and puree to perfection.

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

I went to Whole Foods the other night after spin class and ended up ordering the best smoothie. It’s their Tropical Green Smoothie! It consists of spinach, coconut water, banana, pineapple, and mango.

I love getting smoothies from juice bars and markets when I’m low on time and groceries, but sometimes I don’t think their smoothies are thick enough. My recipe is a little bit thicker but tastes just like theirs! If you like thick smoothies, you are in the right place! But if you like your smoothies a little thinner, no problem, just add some extra coconut water to the recipe!

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie

1/2 – 1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
huge handful of spinach

Start with 1/2 cup of coconut water and add more if needed or desired. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vitamix Blending Tips:
Some of you have asked me what settings I use on my blender.
Vitamix blenders can look intimidating, but they are so easy to use!

  • Start by placing all of the ingredients into the blender, followed by the lid, and plunger.
  • I usually start off on variable 5 as I jam all of the ingredients down with the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients have all been pushed to the bottom, I like to bring the variable speed up to 7 or 8 until it starts moving on it’s own without the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients start blending without the help of the trusty Vitamix plunger, I hit the “HIGH” switch and let it run until it blends super smooth and even!
Mango Green Smoothie Vitamix Recipe

Mango Green Smoothie Vitamix Recipe

My mango green smoothie recipe is one of my new favorites. Something about citrus in the morning just starts the day out right.

Ingredients:

1-2 tablespoons flaxseed
1 cup coconut water
1 whole orange, peeled
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 frozen banana
2-3 large handfuls of fresh organic spinach
Ice (until consistency you like)

Preparation Instructions:

Put all ingredients except for ice in blender and blend.
Add ice until desired smoothie consistency.

 

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Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

If you are on a gluten-free diet, then you may miss out on some of your favorite holiday treats, including gingerbread cookies and other snacks. Luckily, with a Vitamix blender and the right ingredients, you can recreate the classic taste of gingerbread cookies in a refreshing smoothie.

This gingerbread smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Anyone can enjoy this tasty, holiday smoothie.

Ingredients

This recipe uses almond milk. If you prefer, you can substitute this with coconut milk or even coconut water; though, the almond milk blends well with the other ingredients. Use the following ingredients, to whip together your own gingerbread smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh ginger (anti-inflammatory)

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Gingerbread Smoothie Directions

You may want to thaw the bananas slightly, before making your smoothie. Pour the almond milk in your Vitamix mix. Add the bananas and honey. Mix for a few seconds and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for about thirty seconds, or until your mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency.

If you want, you can switch molasses for the raw honey; though, the raw honey is a healthier option. Using the ingredients listed, this 32-ounce smoothie has 210 calories, 53 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. This drink is best when consumed immediately. If you need to store leftovers, store the extra smoothie in your fridge and drink within 24 hours.

Do not use this drink as a meal replacement – it should be treated as a snack. Reward yourself with a gingerbread smoothie after you get home from work or after supper. This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare – much faster than cooking a batch of real gingerbread cookies.

If you want to tweak the flavor of this smoothie, consider using a pinch of nutmeg or a little extra ginger. For those that find the taste of almond milk too strong, switch to coconut milk, this may help recreate the taste of the dough.

During the holidays, it can be hard to find traditional snacks and treats that you can eat while on a gluten-free diet. This gingerbread smoothie does a good job of simulating the taste of fresh gingerbread cookies, whipped together in a blender, without the added sugar that you would get from the real thing.

This recipe is essentially a basic banana and milk smoothie, which is one of the most common bases for a smoothie.  In this gingerbread smoothie recipe, the use of raw honey, vanilla, and ginger helps to replicate the taste of gingerbread. The raw honey is a great sugar substitute and can be used as a sugar substitute in a number of recipes.

As the holidays approach, do everything you can to stick to your diet plans. As tempting as fresh gingerbread cookies can be, there are healthy alternatives. In addition to this gingerbread smoothie recipe, look for other holiday smoothie recipes that you can easily make with a Vitamix blender.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Preparing your own smoothie is an easy option for replacing a meal. In a few minutes, you can have a complete meal, full of beneficial nutrients. There are thousands of smoothie recipes that you can use with a Vitamix blender, which can make it difficult to find the exact recipe you are looking for.

If you are trying to find a morning meal replacement, then you will enjoy this cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie recipe.

The caffeine and antioxidants found in the green tea will provide you with your morning energy, while the honey will help to regulate your blood sugar levels. This will keep you on track and focused throughout the day, without leaving you with a sugar craving in the middle of the afternoon.

Before making this recipe, it should be noted that it requires fresh green tea. Brew a single cup of green tea before preparing your smoothie, using one or two green tea bags. You will require a half-cup of green tea to make the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie. Pour the half-cup of green tea into a small airtight container and place in your fridge.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Ingredients

Along with the green tea, you will need a few additional ingredients. In addition to everything listed below, you can also add your choice of fresh, leafy greens, such as spinach or kale; though, this is not a requirement. Here are the basic ingredients for the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie:

  • ½ a cup of green tea
  • ½ a banana (frozen)
  • ½ a cup of almond milk (can be replaced with coconut milk or soymilk)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Directions

Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix blender, starting with the green tea, then the milk, followed by the produce, honey, and cinnamon. Some people also prefer to add ice. If you choose to add ice, blend the ingredients for a minute, then add the ice and blend for another minute.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and then serve. This should make one large serving of the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie.

Raw honey is a vital ingredient in this recipe. It contains an abundance of beneficial vitamins and minerals, while giving it the sweetness that would usually come from sugar. Among the ingredients found in raw honey, you will receive a healthy dose of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C, as well as minerals – iron, copper, calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

This combination of nutrients will boost your energy, provide you with antioxidants, and support the development of healthy bacteria in your gut, while also preventing the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi.

A green tea smoothie is intended to cleanse your body and build up your immune system. This makes the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie the perfect meal replacement for the cold or flu season. If you want to protect your body from the cold or flu, boost your metabolism, and improve your health, try drinking a cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie several times per week.

 

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