4th of July Blast Smoothie
Boom! Crash! Blackberries! Light some smoothie fireworks this 4th of July with this fruit-tastic smoothie explosion!
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 5 large strawberries
- 1 large banana, peeled
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup spinach
- 2 cups ice
- 1 teaspoon agave, honey, or Stevia or to taste (optional)
- 1 tbsp Navitas Naturals Goji Berries
- Blend all ingredients in Vitamix on 10 or high for 30-45 seconds. For a thinner smoothie, add 1/4 cup water or more. Garnish with strawberry, blackberry, and coconut flakes (or something white).
- Spinach is optional and might change the color a bit. Feel free to leave out.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
“Vegetable Magnetism” Carrot Squash Cleansing Smoothie
Trying to keep your system cleansed, but need a break from all the greens? This one's a bit more mild, with emphasis on the orangey, high beta-carotene carrots and butternut squash.
- 4 carrots, whole
- 1 cup peeled butternut squash
- 1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped and leave peel on
- Half-inch piece of ginger
- Shake of cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Prep all ingredients, then place into Vitamix container. Blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
- This recipe was originally designed to be made with a juicer. By making it with the Vitamix, you're retaining the fiber, but it also comes out much thicker. Add water to suit your own desired thickness.
- Photo courtesy of www.cookingwithjax.com
Adapted from Healthy Blender Girl
Pear Avocado Smoothie
A nice, simple and sweet smoothie that balances tanginess, a thick and creamy consistency, and different fruit-sugar elements.
- 1 large pear, chopped
- 1/2 cups green grapes
- 1/4 avocado
- 2 teaspoons honey, stevia, or apple juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chopped pecans
- Place all ingredients (except pecans) in container and blend, on high, for 30-45 seconds. Pour into glass, then top with reserved pecans. Voila.
- Image courtesy of livelighter.org.
Adapted from Be Well Buzz
Adapted from Be Well Buzz
My Smoothie That I Have Every Morning
What am I drinking? Greens, fruit, omegas, protein, and CHOCOLATE. I drink it, and then speed off to disburse Vitamixes, good will, and bad humor.
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (your choice, but I recommend Vega One)
- 1 tbsp flax seeds (whole) or chia seeds
- A couple shakes of cinnamon
- 1/2 banana (no peel)
- Fistful of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- Fistful of fresh kale (appr. 1/2 cup)
- 1/2-1 cup water (or coconut water)
- 3-5 ice cubes
- 1 tsp honey or agave (optional)
- 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter (optional)
- Place everything in Vitamix and replace lid. Blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
Age-Reversing Watermelon Ginger Tonic
Summer's too hot, and it's making you older by the minute. Drink this, and you'll be up and zooming around all day long! Watermelon is super-alkaline too, helping to keep your body's pH in balance.
- 4 cups watermelon, chopped with rind removed
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger
- 1/2 small lemon or lime with peel
- 10 blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in Vitamix and set to Variable 1. Slowly turn up to Variable 10, then kick up to High. Blend for 30-45 seconds. Serve with a spring of mint on top...if you're fancy.
- There's so much water/juice already in watermelon that you shouldn't need to add any water, but if the recipe is coming out too thick, feel free to add a little liquid to thin it out. Also, experiment with lime vs. lemon to see which you prefer. Lime will give it more of a tropical taste, where lemon will be brighter with stronger citrus notes.
Adapted from Blend It to Mend It
Morning Glorious Smoothie
Full of alkalinity and antioxidants, this mega-green monster starts with cucumber. That means less extra water + more nutrient density to kick up your day!
- 1/2 large cucumber with peel
- 1/4 cup kale
- 1/4 cup romaine
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 broccoli stem
- 1/4 green apple with peel
- 1/4 lemon with peel
- Place all ingredients in Vitamix and replace lid. Turn to Variable speed 1, then slowly bring up to 10 and change from Variable to High. Blend for 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately.
- 1. This recipe doesn't call for ice. Ayurvedic nutrition teaches that that when you drink or eat cold foods, you slow the rate at which food is digested. That said, you're welcome to toss in a couple cubes if you prefer your smoothie cold.
- 2. Kris' original recipe was juiced. This is a smoothie. You're getting more fiber with this recipe, but if you own a juicer and would prefer to make it as a juice, follow her original recipe found at http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/25-delectable-detox-smoothies.
- 3. If you'd prefer a thinner, lighter smoothie, add 1/2 cup water.
Adapted from Kris Carr/Crazy Sexy Kitchen