My Go-To Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a wonderful invention. I love them for so many reasons.

  1. They are quick and easy.

    • Most of these recipes take less than 10 minutes to put together and require little to no preparation.

  2. They can be packed with endless nutritional ingredients.

    • You can put essentially anything into a smoothie. I love to try new things and mix different super-foods with simple ingredients.

    • All these recipes are all packed with protein, fiber, polyphenols, antioxidants, and healthy fats. This combination will give you clean energy for your morning, satiate your hunger until lunch and give your immune system a boost.

  3. You can make them ahead of time.

    • There are two options for prepping smoothies:

      • Measure our all ingredients except the liquid and put in a mason jar or plastic bag. Store these in the freezer. In the morning, plop the ingredients + liquid in the blender, and just like that you’ve got a fresh smoothie. OR

      • If you don’t have time to blend in the AM, mix everything up before heading to bed. Place it in your cup and into the fridge to grab in the morning. The smoothie will keep its consistency best overnight by using an insulated tumbler.

  4. You can have them any time of the day.

    • I always thought of smoothies as a morning only meal, but I realized that was an unnecessary ‘rule’ I was holding on to. Why not have a smoothie for dinner?! If you’re running out the door to an event right after work, a smoothie is a great on-the-go option! Plus, you’ll need focused energy to stay engaged and intentional for your event.

  5. They require less digestive energy.

    • When we consume food of any kind, our body digests it. We chew our food, the stomach acid breaks down the food more, the food moves to the small intestine where most nutrients are absorbed, and remaining strands of food are broken down further. The food moves through to the large intestine which houses all gut bacteria. Here, the job of the bacteria is to ferment. However, if the food is not completely broken down, the bacteria does not know what to do with it, so it takes more effort to ferment, creating excess gas… i.e. stomachaches, gas, and bloat. So – blending our food does not skip the digestive process but makes it much less intense for our bellies. Ideally, setting us up for less excess gas.

One key ingredient to a delectable smoothie is your blender. I have a Vitamix. Yes, they are expensive, but truly it has changed the game in my kitchen. I can depend on it to do just about anything… perfectly creamy smoothie (with no chunks), blending hot vegetable-based soups and sauces, blending hot drinks, mixing dough, mixing batter, dicing and ricing vegetables. It is safe to say I use it at least than twice a day, every day. I have also heard great things about the latest Ninja and the Nutribullet. My point is, a good blender will go much farther than just smoothie making. Consider investing in a nice blender. I think it will help you enjoy and enhance your experience in the kitchen for the whole family!

I have provided links for my favorite protein powders. When purchasing fruit and vegetables, stick to organic when possible.

All these recipes are inspired by different wellness professionals I have become fond of over the recent years, so check them out! @bbwellness, @beingbrigid, @edibleperspective

Share your comments, questions and experiences below!


 

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more milk to thin out the smoothie, depending if you want to spoon or sip. Don’t be afraid to use the tamp attachment to your blender to help with the process. Pour into a bowl or glass and don’t forget to add your toppings!

Coconut n Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • 1 big handful of spinach

  • ½ banana frozen

  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tbsp cashew butter

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 tbsp coconut butter

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 5-6 ice cubes

  • Top with a drizzle of cashew butter, cacao nibs and unsweetened shredded coconut! This tastes like a cookies and cream milkshake. YUMMM

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • 1 big handful of spinach

  • 1 scoop chocolate organic whey protein

  • 1/4 cup frozen beets

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1.5 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

  • 5-6 ice cubes

  • Top with cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter!




Chocolate Cherry

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup fresh shredded green cabbage

  • 1 scoop chocolate organic whey protein

  • 1/3 cup frozen dark cherries

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1.5 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

  • 5-6 ice cubes

  • Top with cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter!


Antioxidant Berry Blend

  • 1.5 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

  • 1 Tbsp ground flax

  • 1/2 cup frozen berry blend

  • 1/4 cup frozen beets

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 4 ice cubes

  • Top with a handful of fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of shredded coconut!


Green Chocolate Peanut Butter

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  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup steamed and frozen zucchini

  • 1 scoop chocolate organic whey protein

  • 1 Tbsp acacia fiber

  • 5 cups fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

  • 4-5 ice cubes

  • Top with cacao nibs and a drizzle of your peanut butter! “I’ll take a Reese Cup milkshake… but, can you hold the sugar and artificial ingredients, and add protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats!” – yes, please.



Golden Milk Latte

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • 1 big handful of spinach

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

  • 1 Tbsp acacia fiber

  • ½ - 1 Medjool date

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground or 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger

  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 5-6 ice cubes

  • Top with a dollop of your favorite yogurt and your favorite granola!


Chocolate Mousse

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  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower

  • 1 big handful of spinach

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

  • 1 Tbsp acacia fiber

  • 1/4 avocado

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut

  • 1 tbsp coconut butter

    Top with a bit of coconut butter and cacao nibs! YUM!

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