Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes
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 ...
Simple Basic Green Smoothie
Good breakfast drink!
Blend in Vitamix Blender until smooth:
*2 cups of water
*1/2 cup sesame seeds
*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:
Drink up and enjoy!
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.
Nuts and Seeds
Fruits (some frozen)
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.
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
Tahini (I use the sesame seeds instead)
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!
Fruit Dessert Smoothie
One of my favorite desserts!
Blend in Vitamix Blender the following:
*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)
*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.
*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
- 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
- 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.
- Pour into glass and enjoy!
Which is Your Favorite Smoothie?
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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.
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**Blending Smoothies (like the recipes above)
**Blending Frozen Desserts
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