Start your day off on a healthy note with one of these five favourite smoothies. Find helpful tips for making the best smoothies possible! These healthy smoothie recipes are all made without protein powder and use whole foods instead.
Here's a round-up of recipes for five favourite healthy smoothie recipes. Whether you like to have a smoothie at home or on-the-go, a smoothie is a great way to get a wide variety of nutrients, all in one glass.
These healthy smoothie recipes recognize our body's need for protein, but they use whole foods instead of protein powder.
While there are many excellent protein powders on the market, some contain added sugars, artificial sweeteners and flavours, and sometimes even caffeine. You'll need to be an astute label-reader if you decide to use protein powders, or you can simply use unprocessed foods instead!
Having a smoothie is the best way I find to ease into my day. If I'm not particularly hungry, I can pour my smoothie into a to-go mug and be on my way, saving it for later.
Here are five favourite smoothies, in no particular order.
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Chocolate Almond Smoothie
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Pineapple Orange Green Smoothie with Microgreens
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Smoothie
Let me just say that I LOVE my Vitamix. Having a high-speed blender allows me to make these fabulous smoothies, soups, sauces, dressings, sorbets and ice cream all in seconds.
I'm not one to wax poetic about kitchen appliances but this one makes food preparation and recipe creation a snap.
👍🏼 How to Make the Best Smoothies
The recipes above are just suggestions. I like to get creative with my smoothies and I've learned a few tips over the years.
1. Go easy on the chia. Chia seeds are a rich superfood, but because of their high fiber content they form a gel. Use about 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces of liquid to keep your smoothie drinkable rather than "spoonable".
2. Colour is important. Green smoothies can quickly turn to brown muck. Experiment with your balance of fruit to greens. Adding fresh parsley to a spinach or kale smoothie helps to green it up.
Use kiwi or a neutral-coloured fruit, such as apple or pear. Kale plus fruit can sometimes equal brown mush unless you use a berry with intense colour, like cranberries or blueberries. The Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Smoothie (above) would have been a light beige colour and would not have looked very appetizing without the addition of fresh strawberries.
3. Plan your "superfood" of the day to add, but again, think about the colour and flavour. Powdered spirulina and kelp are best added to a green smoothie.
Consider the taste too. Too much matcha can easily overpower your other ingredients, but ginger adds a fabulous fresh flavour.
Other choices for superfoods to add: chia seeds, hemp hearts, chorella, cacao, goji berries, melted coconut oil, matcha, wheat grass. Add psyllium husks or flax seeds for extra fiber or toss in healthy spices like cinnamon or turmeric. Try kombucha or kefir in your smoothie too.
4. Plan ahead for your winter smoothies. Freeze strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in the summer when they're at their peak so you'll have them all winter. Buy overripe bananas, peel, slice and freeze on a tray, then store in a freezer container so you always have a natural sweetener.
5. Get yourself organized. Keep all your smoothie add-ins in one cabinet in your kitchen near your blender.
6. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Opt for dates, maple syrup or honey if your fruit is not sweet enough, or use a natural granulated sweetener like Monkfruit.
These are just a few suggestions. Have fun creating your own family favourites!
This post was originally published in 2015. It has been updated with new photos and information.
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