There's nothing quite as refreshing as a delicious smoothie, but smoothies can easily go awry when in the wrong hands. Some people add unnecessarily fattening and sugary ingredients because they assume that's the only way to get a creamy, sweet taste. If you're one of these people, think again! Smoothies can easily be made with just a few natural ingredients. Skip the processed juices, ice creams and added sweeteners so heavily relied on my smoothie chains and make your own healthy smoothies instead. Use real fruit and veggies, natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and keep the ingredient list short to ensure delicious smoothies that are as good for your body and mind as they are delicious to eat.
1. Revitalizing Kale Smoothie
If you're a smoothie novice, it can be scary to see ingredients like kale or spinach pop up in a smoothie recipe. Rest assured that once you blend everything together, your smoothie is not going to taste like a salad. It's going to taste like a delicious, sweet, pure treat, with no artificial ingredients in sight. Banana, mango, and chia seeds are just as important as kale in this recipe. Still feeling skeptical? Just try it. Surprise yourself.
2. Peanut Butter Strawberry Smoothie
There's no trick to this. You simply need four ingredients: peanut butter, banana, strawberries, and milk (almond milk works particularly well). That's it. Blend your four ingredients (specific amounts are in the recipe) and end up with a thick, creamy smoothie that's as clean and healthy as it is delicious.
3. Creamy Banana, Cacao and Chia Seed Smoothie
Skip the sugar-loaded smoothies you'll find at smoothie chains and make your own instead: not only will you feel better while eating it, you'll also notice that it actually tastes better when you stick to natural ingredients. Leave the chemical aftertaste to others. This recipe uses only clean, organic ingredients like delicious bananas, yummy organic raw cacao powder, and crunchy organic chia seeds. Skip the sugar and use a natural sweetener (in this case real maple syrup) instead. Your body will thank you.
4. Vanilla Chai Spice Smoothie
If you're looking for something different from the typical fruity smoothie, give this recipe a try. The all-natural fruit, greens, spices, milk, and almond butter in this recipe come together for a smoothie that will leave you energized and glowing.
5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Welcome autumn by creating a smoothie that's every bit as delicious as pumpkin pie or a pumpkin latte but with none of the sugary, fatty ingredients typically found in both. Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree create a creamy base that's absolutely to die for. A touch of honey keeps things sweet without throwing your blood sugar levels out of whack.
6. Avocado Berry Frosty Smoothie
It's creamy; it's fruity; it's refreshing as heck; and it's made with completely clean and organic ingredients. Turn to this smoothie when you want to put some pep in your step, and get your morning off on a good start (or make it as a desert to treat yourself at the end of the day).