January 5, 2019

3 Powerhouse Smoothies for the New Year!

With the new year, let’s resolve to up our health game with these amazing and delicious smoothie recipes!

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe:
This strawberry smoothie recipe is a classic—and for good reason: it tastes great! Be sure to use an all-natural, fruit-juice sweetened cranberry-raspberry juice for this recipe. Otherwise, you may get a lot of additives and fake ingredients you don’t want in your smoothies.

When strawberries are in season, a fresh strawberry makes the perfect garnish for this kid-pleasing fruit smoothie recipe. A sprig of mint would make a nice garnish for this recipe, too.

Total: 5 mins
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Yield: 2 servings

If you’re using frozen strawberries, look for pre-sliced frozen strawberries, because they are easier to blend. If using fresh strawberries for this strawberry smoothie recipe, add ice to achieve a milkshake-like texture.

2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/2 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
Garnish: 2 fresh strawberries

Blend well and garnish with raw strawberries.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This is a healthy smoothie recipe that is made for chocolate-lovers. While these chocolate banana smoothies taste like chocolate banana milkshakes or frozen drinks you’d get at a coffee store, they are far healthier.

These chocolate smoothies are made with bananas, vanilla soy milk, vanilla yogurt and chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella). For a twist, try this recipe with homemade chocolate walnut butter instead of chocolate hazelnut spread. You’ll get a boost of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in each serving.

This chocolate banana smoothie recipe tastes just like a milkshake, yet it is far more nutritious. With a whopping 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 29% of the recommended daily requirement for calcium, this chocolate banana smoothie makes a terrific healthy snack. Parents will also like the fact that it’s cheaper than commercial smoothies and doesn’t have any protein powders or additives.

Ice (about a handful or two)
2 large bananas
1-1/2 cups non-fat vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup low-fat or non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)

Steps to Make It
Place ice in the bottom of your blender. Use a handful or two, less if you want your smoothie to be more like a juice drink, more if you want it to be like a milkshake.

Add the remaining ingredients.

Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie:
What better way to greet the day than with these refreshing, healthy sunrise smoothies? Made with orange juice concentrate, soy milk, banana, yogurt and honey, this smoothie recipe tastes like sunshine in a glass. And it will give the kids a great, healthy start to the day, too!

These refreshing orange creamsicle smoothies taste just like the ice cream bar, but they’re healthy enough to serve for breakfast.

If you want to get that icy, milkshake texture, it’s best to freeze the mandarin oranges first. But if you’re in a hurry, you can use the oranges right out of the can and add more ice.

1 can oranges (11-ounces mandarin oranges in juice)
1/2 cup pineapple (frozen chunks)
1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla, or vanilla soy yogurt)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup soy milk (vanilla)

Steps to Make It
Open can of oranges and drain. Place in a zip-top plastic bag and freeze several hours.

Place the frozen oranges and pineapple chunks in the bottom of a blender, Vita-Mix, or food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Puree until the mixture reaches the texture of a milkshake. Add more ice, if desired, until an icy consistency is achieved.