Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

The Sicilian Detox Smoothie
Serves 2
WARNING: This power-packed, antioxidant explosion is not for the weak. Brimming with bright, nutrient-dense veggies, Michael Corleone could have just as easily proven his loyalty to the family by drinking this.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large carrot
  2. 1 large tomatoes
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 stalk celery
  6. 1/4 cup watercress
  7. 1/2 cup loosely packed spinach
  8. 1 red jalapeño, seeded (optional)
  9. Additional cool water to thin mixture (optional)
  10. 2-3 ice cubes to chill (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into container and blend on high for one minute. If mixture is too thick, take plug out of lid and, while machine is still on, begin pouring water until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately. Remaining mixture will keep 1-2 days in sealed container in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. Thanks to this "picture we couldn't refuse" to www.live-green-smoothie-diet.com
Adapted from Prevention
Adapted from Prevention
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The Sicilian Detox Smoothie

Jamba Juice’s Banana Berry Smoothie

Jamba Juice’s Banana Berry Smoothie

Jamba Juice's Banana Berry Smoothie
Serves 2
Jamba Juice is one of the biggest smoothie/juice chains in the country. (And they only use Vitamix!) Here's a look under the (blender) lid at one of their most popular smoothies.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup apple juice
  2. 3/4 cup Kern's strawberry nectar
  3. 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  4. 1 banana, sliced
  5. 1 scoop raspberry sherbet
  6. 1 scoop vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt
  7. 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. With the juice, fruit, and frozen desserts, there's a fair amount of sugar in this one. Consider this recipe a dessert smoothie, and invite over a friend to share it.
  2. A big banana berry thanks to www.SeaSaltWithFood.com for the great, fruity pic.
Adapted from TopSecretRecipes.com
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Jamba Juice's Banana Berry Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
Yields 2
Green tea is highly alkaline and a terrific antioxidant. Both contribute to your body ridding itself of free radicals to fight cancer and other diseases. With the cayenne pepper and lemon, this cleansing smoothie with help you feel great day long.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr 2 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr 2 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup strong green tea, chilled
  2. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  3. Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 TBSP)
  4. 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  5. 1 small pear, skin on, cut into pieces
  6. 2 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt
  7. 6-8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Brew tea and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
  2. Blend all ingredients in Vitamix for 1 minute on high. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. To make this smoothie completely vegan, sub in soy or almond yogurt for the traditional yogurt.
  2. For additional spice and flavor, add 1 tsp each of cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. A big, simple green THANKS to SimpleGreenSmoothies.com for the simple green image.
Adapted from Health.com
Adapted from Health.com
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Spiced Green Tea Smoothie

Emeril’s Mango Lassi

Emeril’s Mango Lassi

Emeril's Mango Lassi
Serves 2
Mango Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage that combines mango, sugar, plain yogurt, and a few other ingredients depending on who's making it. This is one from Food Network superstar, Emeril Lagasse.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups diced fresh mango
  2. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  3. 1/2 cup ice cubes
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoons rose water
  6. 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
Instructions
  1. Remove Vitamix lid and combine the rose water, orange juice, mango, ice, and honey. Replace lid and turn on Variable 1, then increase to high speed. Blend until well-combined; roughly 30 seconds. Add the yogurt and process until frothy. Check mixture around 45 seconds. Consistency should be thick, but pourable.
Notes
  1. For a vegan version, try adding either soy or almond yogurt in place of milk-based yogurt. For an added twist, use 1/2 Roma tomato and 1/4 medium avocado without skin. The tomato will give the lassi its characteristic tanginess, and the avocado will help with the creaminess.
  2. Cool mango picture from: spiceend.com
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
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Mango Lassi

Whole Fruit Margarita

Whole Fruit Margarita

Whole Fruit Margarita
Serves 3
If you're going to have an adult beverage, why not do it on the healthy side? This fruit-ful take on the traditional margarita cuts WAY down on the sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup water
  2. 6 ounces tequila
  3. 2 ounces Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  4. 1 orange, peeled and halved
  5. 1 lime, peeled and halved, plus another lime*
  6. 1 lemon, peeled and halved
  7. 6 tbsp agave nectar or raw sugar
  8. 6 cups ice cubes
  9. 1/2 cup salt*
Instructions
  1. (First step: Create salt-rimmed glasses.*)
  2. Place all ingredients into Vitamix container as listed and place lid on. Blend just under a minute, using tamper to push ingredients into blade as necessary. Divide equally into salt-rimmed glasses*.
Notes
  1. *To rim the glasses with salt, you need two things; 1) two containers that are at least 1/2" high that will fit the diameter of the glasses, and 2) another lime. Start by juicing the lime (cut it in half and squeeze into the 1/2" container). Next, pour the salt around the inner edge of the second container.
  2. This process takes two steps. Begin by turning the glass upside down, then dipping it into the lime juice and turning it a few inches either direction. Then lift it straight up. You're essentially creating the "glue" that will hold the salt. After the lime juice, immediately dip the the lime juice-rimmed glass into the salt, turn a couple inches, then lift up. Then immediately turn right-side up.
  3. And keep in mind, do this BEFORE pouring the finished margarita blend into the glass. : )
  4. Additional Note: To release extra juice from the lime, place onto cutting board or countertop and roll back and forth, exerting medium pressure on lime.
  5. Thanks to http://thehungryartist.files.wordpress.com for the cool photo.
Adapted from Vitamix
Adapted from Vitamix
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Whole Fruit Margarita

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