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Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Updated on March 25, 2014
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Sandy Dell shares her challenges with gluten and dairy intolerances and shares recipes and info for others.

Healthy and Nutritious -- Vegan Smoothies are Easy to Make

Smoothies should be on the menu for everyone -- but especially if you plan to follow a vegan diet plan. Smoothies are the easiest and most delicious ways to include extra nutrients and veggies in your diet.

I use to turn my nose up at green smoothies ... that was before I understood that when you add fruits (such as berries), you no longer taste the veggies! What tastes like a great fruit drink can end up being a whole meal!

The sky is the limit on what you can add to your smoothies. I have included some of our most popular recipes for smoothies. Measurements are not necessary or critical as you can adjust ingredients to your own tastes.

So get out your Vitamix blender and lets go to work making healthy vegan smoothies ...

Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Simple Basic Green Smoothie

Good breakfast drink!

Blend in Vitamix Blender until smooth:

*2 cups of water

*1/2 cup sesame seeds

Add:

*3-4 large leaves of kale (see options below)

*Bit of lemon juice

*Vanilla, lemon or orange extract

*1 cup or more of frozen fruit (whatever you may have -- my favorite is berries)

*1 large banana

*1 scoop of Protein powder, optional

NOTE: Add a couple drops of Stevia if you prefer a sweeter smoothie

Blend again until smooth.

Other veggies you can use that are high in protein:

*Collards

*Cilantro

*Spinach

*Broccoli

*Parsley

*Bok Choy

Drink up and enjoy!

Vitamix
Vitamix

High Protein Vegan Smoothie

Great to fix and eat on the run when you don't have time for a meal!

This recipe is a very creative endeavor -- nothing needs to be measured to exact. Use organic, raw, fresh, etc whenever possible.

Basic ingredients:

Nuts and Seeds

Veggies

Fruits (some frozen)

Sweeteners

Flavorings

STEP ONE: To start, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the following in Vitamix Blender:

Pumpkin seeds (male health, zinc)

Brazil nuts (best source of selenium, per Dr. Hyman)

Sesame seeds (maybe a couple tablespoons)

ONE (sometimes two) almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, or pecans

Add some liquid:

1/2 cup of some really good organic juices with no preservatives. (RW Knudsen or Santa Cruz brands). Usually a dark juice like blueberries, black cherry, currant, adds a lot of flavor, but enjoy pear, etc too.

1 to 1 1/2 cups of water, maybe

Grind the ingredients in bursts.

Add some sweetener:

Date powder (instead of sugar), stevia, coconut nectar, or organic agave syrup. Play with the amounts, depending on how sweet or sour (e.g. pie cherries) the fruits I put in are.

Add 1/4 cup or less cold milled flax meal... optional, does thicken a bit. Just pour a little in from the container.

At this point, you may need to add some more water (make sure blender has plenty of fluid or will bind up, but can get too much as well)

Add some veggies from the following list, organic, fresh. Usually four units from:

1 leaf red or green kale

1 leaf red or green chard

1 stalk bok choy

1/16 (or less) head of purple cabbage (could use green)

Cauliflower (one or two medium flowerettes)

If I am short on veggies, I might use 4 units of kale, or 2 units each of 2 veggies, etc. I've put in baby organic salad greens a time or two, works. Broccoli might be too strong. Avoid the onion-chive-garlic crowd.

Cut or chop veggies into sections first, and tamp them down a bit... and play with them a bit when the blender starts going so they don't bind and burn the motor. Break them down into a bumpy smoothie.

Step 3: Add your fruit:

Most of the flavor comes from fruits, and berries add the most intense and delicious flavor. Typically, I will add (cut up) 2 or 3 units at most from:

1/2 apple or pear (applesauce works)

Small banana (if use, cut the sweeteners)

2-3 medium to large strawberries (organic)

Small orange, peeled

Kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple... whatever is around

Blend again, and add the frozen fruit:

A couple FROZEN fruits, cools things down, and make delish. I generally use1/2 to 1 cup of two of the following fruits.

Huckleberries

Cherries

Plums

Blueberries

Whatever you have in the freezer works, and again berries are most flavorful, and easy to use when frozen. Berries are very high nutrient load, relative to the carbs.

Add a touch of almond, lemon, orange or vanilla extract

Optionals:

Tahini (I use the sesame seeds instead)

Coconut

Yogurt

Cream

Chocolate or vanilla pure rice (or other) protein powder

Sprouts (we make our own... sprouts have 10,000x the nutrition of the seed it comes from, and generally higher in protein) Substitute for one veggie - or fruit - unit.

Blend one last time -- pour into glasses and enjoy!

Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Fruit Dessert Smoothie

One of my favorite desserts!

Blend in Vitamix Blender the following:

*A banana

*1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk (the kind that comes in a can)

*1/2 to 1 cup of water (depending on how thick you like your smoothies)

Add:

*About a cup of frozen fruit -- I generally use nectarines, but any good fruit will work

NOTE: Add a couple drops of Stevia if you prefer a sweeter smoothie

Blend well for a minute or two, adjusting water when or if the blender bogs down.

Options:

*Add a heaping tablespoon of carob or chocolate powder

*Add carbonated water, lemon lime soda or ginger ale, rather than plain water, for a sparkling drink -- leave out the coconut milk too!

Pour into glass and enjoy

Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup (approximately) Frozen apple or mango (or other mild flavored fruit)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup fresh coconut milk (the kind in the dairy case) -- depending on how thick you like your smoothies
  • 1 -2 leaves of kale or collards or swiss chard
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into the Vitamix and blend until smooth. You may need to occasionally stop the Vitamix to loosen the chunks and/or add more coconut milk.
  2. Pour into glass and enjoy!
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Why Use a Vitamix Blender for Making

We use a Vitamix Blender for our smoothiese after failing completely with our old traditional blender! Blending the nuts and frozen fruits were nearly impossible with our old blender. The machine would bog down and stall -- nearly burning out the motor. With the Vitamix, the mixer was much easier to process and seldom blogged down the machine. We were able to make our smoothies with no problems.

Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes - Vitamix Blender
Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes - Vitamix Blender

What Else Can the Vitamix Do?

We have found hundreds of uses for our Vitamix, such as .....

**Blending Smoothies (like the recipes above)

**Pureeing Soups

**Chopping Veggies

**Creaming Spreads

**Blending Frozen Desserts

Vitamix brags about their best features:

**Spill proof lid with removable lid plug

**Shatter proof container with 64 oz. capacity

**Easy grip handle

**Metal to metal container to base coupling

**Variable speed control

**Powerful 2 peak output horsepower motor

**Easy to clean (one of my favorite features!) -- just add a few drops of dish soap, some warm water, and run on high for 30 seconds!

Vitamix even gives a full 7-year warranty! Can't beat that!!

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Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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    • belinda342 profile image

      belinda342 4 years ago

      These vegan smoothies sound great. I'm definitely going to try a few. Thank you for the recipes!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Your recipes sound great, I am definitely going to try them. Thank you!

    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have several recipes that use the Vitamix (1732 Turbo VS), however you have made some errors? The Vitamix runs so fast (about 240 mph) that if you left it on for 30 minutes the water would be really hot if not close to boiling! It takes about 30 seconds to clean it, that is all. Also it only takes a maximum of 45 seconds to make a smoothie of any sort, otherwise that too becomes warm or hot.

      It is also so powerful that I just add all my smoothie ingredients turn it to Variable 1 then up to 10 slowly then flick the switch to High run for 30 to 45 secs then switch back to Variable down to 1 and turn off. This is exactly as they suggest in the DVD that comes with it, and I never need to run it for more than a minute unless making a hot soup (which it heats up). Just ensure that any items that float are at the bottom with the heavier ones on top, otherwise you will need to use the tamper tool that comes with the blender to get a good mix.

      Not sure what you were thinking in your timings these are more what you would need with an Oster blender (which we had before) which would probably burn out if you left it on that long!

      Otherwise it was a really informative and good lens.

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      Sandy Dell 3 years ago from Lenore, Idaho

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks Stephen for pointing out my error -- obviously a major typo!! I have changed the cleaning time to 30 seconds!!

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