The weather is getting warmer and we can finally start getting rid of the layers of clothing we had become accustomed to wearing during the cold winter months. Â I know you want to keep that body looking right don’t you? Â Here are 7 delicious, nutritious smoothies that I highly recommend you try. Â They taste great, are guilt-free, and will keep you cool during those hot summer days that are just around the corner. Â Here goes!
Mixed Berry and Banana Smoothie
Take a handful of mixed berries and combine with a 1/2 banana (whole if small), some sweetened vanilla almond milk, a little ice, and a tablespoon of flax seed.
Apple Delight Smoothie
Now here’s something a little different! Â Remove the skin from an apple and slice up. Â Then combine the sliced apple with some sweetened vanilla almond milk, about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon or two of low-fat vanilla yogurt, a tablespoon of flax seed, and a little ice.
Veggie Delight Smoothie
Want to incorporate some veggies? Â Take a handful of fresh, chopped kale or spinach and combine with 1/2 sliced carrot, handful of mixed berries, 1/2 skinned, sliced apple, a tablespoon of flax seed, and water.
Chocolate Delight Smoothie
Gotta chocolate craving you need to take care of without all the guilt (bad fats and calories)? Â Well this smoothie is for you! Â Combine a handful of chopped kale with a few strawberries (2-3), unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate almond milk (vanilla works, too, but for a truly chocolate smoothie I try to use chocolate almond milk), and a little ice. Â For an added bonus, you can top with a little lite whipped topping and sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings. Â Yummy!
Watermelon is a fave fruit for most to enjoy during the warmer months of the year and this smoothie recipe I got from Healthful PursuitÂ incorporates it quite well. Â Take two cups of cubed watermelon and combine with 5 frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup coconut water. Â I like to also add a little flax seed before blending for an added nutritious bonus.
Here’s one I love from my book of Nutribullet drink recipes. Â This one is their Toxin Cleansing Blast. Â Combine 1-2 handfuls of rinsed spinach, one cored pear, one banana, one cored apple, one cup of pineapple, and some water. Â I like to also add a little ice if I want it to be more like a frozen drink.
Almond Joy Banana Smoothie
Here’s another one of my creations while fooling around with ingredients for a Nutribullet smoothie (love my Nutribullet!). Â Take a handful of banana chunks and combine with sliced or chopped almonds (I actually like to use my Nutribullet to turn my almonds into a powder first), vanilla almond milk, and a couple of tablespoons of low-fat or greek vanilla yogurt. Â For an added bonus, I like to top it off with a little lite whipped topping.
There you go! Â 7 delicious, nutritious, guilt-free smoothies you can try for the week. Â Here are a few notes:
- For an added nutritious bonus, I highly recommend always adding a little flax or other healthy seed
- You can easily freeze your fruits such as berries and bananas and this will also take away the need to add ice when using these fruits in your smoothies
- These smoothies can easily be turned into popsicles for the kids (or adults!) to enjoy while allowing them to get a good intake of fruits and vegetables