Recipes for Smoothies
Ideas for strawberry, weight loss, green smoothies and much more!
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Recipes for smoothies that are both easy to make and are good for you! Smoothies are a fun way to improve your health and the health of your family. Many are low calorie smoothie recipes that will help you lose or maintain your weight.
Our smoothie recipes are great for kids who often times resist eating anything that is good for them. My oldest daughter "sneaks in" fresh green vegetables into her kids smoothies. They never complain and it is the easiest way to get them to eat green vegetables.
Have you ever thought of giving someone who is ill 'a get well soon gift basket' filled with fresh fruits? There is nothing like a nutritious smoothie to make someone who is recovering from an illness or injury to feel like a new person again.
My Basic Smoothie Recipe
Learn how to make smoothies using easy to find and healthy ingredients. Here is my basic recipe for smoothies (this recipe makes two 8 oz glasses).
I also like to add one or more of the following to my basic smoothie recipe:
- 1 ripe banana.
I like to use frozen bananas in my recipes. Cold smoothies taste much better than ones that have been prepared and served at room temperature. Your family will like cold smoothies better too.
Use frozen red or black grapes to help chill your family's smoothies. Cold smoothies are especially refreshing on a hot summer day and we get a lot of those here in Arizona.
Peel ripened bananas, cut or break into several pieces and place in a covered plastic container with a tight lid. Place the bananas in your freezer for future use.
- 1 cup of soy milk or rice milk.
- A choice of two other fruits. Part of the fun of creating your own recipes for smoothies is using a variety of fruits, especially those fruits that are in season.
- 1/2 to 1 cup of plain yogurt. I frequently use 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to bring out the other flavors in my smoothie.
- 8-10 whole whole almonds (I use unroasted, unsalted almonds)
- 1 tablespoon of raw sun flower seeds
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. The whole seed not powdered. Chia seed will act as a thickener for your smoothie.
- 3-5 ice cubes
Blend the ingredients until they are smooth. Next, add 3 to 5 ice cubes and blend until the ice is mixed well into the smoothie. This recipe makes two servings.
When black or red grapes are in season we like to add those to our smoothies and reduce the number of ice cubes. We buy bags of grapes when they are on sale and then freeze them for future use.
How to Sweeten Your Smoothie Naturally
I never add granulated sugar to any of my smoothie recipes. If I want to sweeten my smoothie I add one of the following ingredients:
- Raw pitted dates
- Agave nectar is another good way to sweeten your smoothie Agave nectar comes from the agave plant and can be found in most supermarkets (WalMart carries agave)
- Honey is also a good natural sweetener
- Stevia is a sweetener that can be used by diabetics
- You can also use canned pineapple to sweeten your smoothie
- Add purple or red grapes to give your smoothie added sweetness
- Apples also add to the sweetness of your smoothies
Here is another way to sweeten your smoothies! Save the juice when you open a can of mandarin oranges or pineapple. Keep the juice in a covered container in the refrigerator and use to add to your smoothies. I normally add one cup of saved juice per two servings.
Recipes for Smoothies Index
Listed below is an updated list of our recipes for smoothies. We will continue to add new recipes as they become available so please check back often. Fruit Smoothie Recipes
Green Smoothie Recipes
Mango Smoothie Recipes
Orange Smoothie Recipes
Peach Smoothie Recipes
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipes
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