food | 2 weeks ago

Getting enough fruit and veggies into our diets can be a real challenge.

But if you manage to down one of these nutrient dense smoothies in the morning, we guarantee that you will feel SO much better and most likely help ward off a lot of pesky colds and flu's. And the added bonus? All these raw wholesome ingredients will give your skin a healthy glow too.

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Here are three of our current favorite smoothie recipes:

1. Beet and Berry Smoothie

If you’re looking to start adding vegetables into your smoothies but aren’t ready to dive head first into green smoothie territory (hellooo, kale), then this smoothie a great one to try. It’s heavy on the fruit so the flavor of the beet gets quietly nestled in between the sweetness of the berries and banana.

If you’re a kale-blending, celery-shredding, green-smoothie-drinking pro, then this is one to mix into your rotation when you’re craving something a little sweeter.

And who could resist this vibrant magenta hue? It’s a bit swoon-worthy, don’t you think?

Ingredients
1 cup plant milk of choice or water*
1 frozen banana
1 small beet, washed, peeled, and cut into sixths**
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
optional add-in: 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
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Instructions
Add all ingredients to a high power blender, and blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. This one can be a bit tricky to get moving in your blender, especially if you're using all frozen fruit. If you have a "pulse mode" on your blender, I recommend using that to get it started. Then, blend consistently until smooth.

Recipe via Ashley Melillo/ Blissful Basil.

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2. Pinapple Mojito Green Smoothie

You could almost be forgiven for thinking this smoothie was the real alcoholic deal - seriously, it is THAT yum. (And if you feel like spiking it a little when the occasion calls for it, we promise we won't tell!)

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut milk (I used carton) or other non-dairy milk

1/4 cup fresh mint

1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 lime, zest and juice

1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger

1 cup ice

Optional: Top with chia seeds, shredded coconut, hemp seeds etc...

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender until well-combined.

2. Top with desired toppings.

Recipe via Thehealthymaven.com

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3. Peanut Butter, Banana and Chia Smoothie

This peanut butter banana chia smoothie is thick and rich and a great way to start your day. It feels a little like drinking a milkshake for breakfast - and yet no nutritional guilt is involved!

Ingredients:

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 banana

12 drops liquid stevia extract

Instructions:

In a blender, combine yogurt, almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, banana extract and stevia extract. Blend until smooth.

Recipe via Asweetlife.org.

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