5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I recently took the plunge and invested in a Vitamix.

For those of you who’ve never heard of a Vitamix, it’s the super expensive mac daddy of blenders. I got suckered into it during what was supposed to be a quick jaunt to Whole Foods. Just as I was making my way from the produce section to the butcher, I was stopped by this energetic dude doing a riveting Vitamix demo. He was so convincing and smooth-talking. This blender could do things I’d never seen before. Next thing you know, it was in my cart. What can I say, I’m an easy target. Sure I had a blender at home, but it was really on its last legs (or so I told myself). I mean, I really needed this blender.

I took it home, pulled it out of the box and stared at it for a few minutes. As I began to feel the guilt rise up in my gut, I thought, Okay then, time to start justifying my investment.

So I started blending and mixing like a madwoman—experimenting with this and that, re-inventing existing recipes and creating new ones.

With that, I developed 5 super delish smoothie and juice recipes that I now turn to on a regular basis for a supercharged, hydrating dose of vitamins and nutrients. (And no, you don’t need a Vitaminx to throw these together. Any old blender will do!)

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened) or water
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ apple, seeded
½ medium banana
3 tbsp uncooked steel cut quick cook oats
3 dates, pitted
Pinch of ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
1 tbsp ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds
½ scoop whey protein powder (unsweetened)

1 cup of water
½ lemon, peeled, halved and seeded
4 drops natural stevia or 1 tsp powdered stevia
½ cup fresh basil leaves
3 or 4 frozen strawberries

Blend without over blending. Be sure to leave a few chunks of strawberry and basil intact to maintain a nice texture.

½ cup water
½ cup coconut water
½ cucumber
¼ cup frozen pineapple or mango
½ avocado or 1 tbsp coconut oil
½ lemon or lime, peeled and seeded (when peeling, be sure to leave the white just underneath the skin as it is high in vitamin C, B-6 and fiber)
1 sprig of mint
¼ celery stalk
1-2 handfuls of your favorite greens (kale, spinach and romaine work beautifully)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 scoop unflavored whey protein (unsweetened)
½ cup frozen raspberries, blueberries or a combination of both
¼ cup frozen spinach (Trust me, you won’t even know it’s in there.)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp raw caco powder
3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

½ cup coconut or almond milk (both unsweetened)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 scoop whey protein (unsweetened)
handful frozen berries
1 tbsp flaxseed and/or chia seeds
3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

So what are you waiting for? Get blending!