Smoothies are definitely a craze - but do you know what differentiates a healthy smoothie from one that's simply posing as healthy?
All meals, including smoothies, need to have protein, fat, and fibre to make them well rounded, nutritious, and full of everything your body needs. A smoothie is no exception. In fact, since we often enjoy smoothies as our breakfast, this rule matters more than ever. We need protein in the morning to get us going and help keep our adrenals nourished, our stress resistance up, and our energy stable. The healthy fats will help to keep your appetite satisfied and your cravings at bay, so that you can go til lunch without needing to eat again. And the fibre will give your digestive system a kick and help to keep things moving along.
Many smoothies that you can get at fast food restaurants or other stops are void of these important elements, and may actually not be much better for you than a breakfast sandwich. Many of them are not made with real fruit, have loads of added sugar, and don't have substantial protein or any real ingredients what-so-ever. Not really our idea of a healthy smoothie!
Luckily, we can change that. Making a smoothie healthy is easy and delicious. We have 7 amazing smoothie recipes to share with you that we know you're going to love. They are refreshing, rejuvenating, delicious, and best of all, are made with real ingredients that you recognize. Whether you're in the mood for a green smoothie or love raspberry ones, we've got something for everyone.
If you're needing a smoothie on-the-go, don't forget that most of our Goodness Me! locations are equipped with a smoothie bar to make your smoothie fresh, delicious, and made right to order in front of you. You can choose from our healthy selection or build your own with any 5 ingredients! Check out the Goodness Me! nearest you for this awesome feature.*
Now, check out these 7 smoothie recipes that are perfect for breakfast, a snack, a meal on-the-go, or just an extra boost of nutrition.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie with Coconut Milk
This smoothie is a staff and customer favourite. The sweet and tangy mangos combine well with the pineapple juice to make a refreshing and lively smoothie that's sure to wake you up and keep you going until lunch! Best of all, it only has 4 ingredients, but tastes oh-so-good--especially when the mangos are in season. Check it out here!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Coconut Milk & Cinnamon
You can enjoy the benefits of pumpkin year-round with this delicious refreshing smoothie. Pumpkin is rich in fibre and a number of minerals that your body will thank you for. The addition of full-fat coconut milk gets you a serving of the healthy delicious fats that your body needs, and the seasonings like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are metabolism-loving. Get the recipe hereand make this easy-as-pie smoothie!
Double Coconut & Raspberry Smoothie
At Goodness Me!, we love coconut. Fresh coconut, shredded, coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil--you name it, we'll eat it. It's got an abundance of healthy fats that make it friendly to our moods, brain, skin, hair, heart, and much more. This smoothie packs a double coconut punch with coconut oil and coconut milk, plus adds some full fat yogurt, organic raspberries, and protein powder for a full, well-rounded meal. Get it here!
Lemon, Ginger & Kale Detox Smoothie
Detoxification has so many benefits. It helps to clear out the toxic burden from our organs and body, which not only makes us look and feel lighter, but also brings clarity of mind, more energy, and a general feeling of awesomeness. This smoothie has the awesome detoxifying benefits of ginger, lemon, kale, and cilantro and combines them into a fresh green smoothie you'll love. You can find it here!
Peach Smoothie with Coconut Milk & Maple Syrup
This is a quick and easy smoothie to make with peaches that will delight your taste buds. It has peaches, full-fat yogurt, maple syrup or honey, coconut milk, and ice to make it into more of a milkshake consistency. You can up the protein ante easily by adding a scoop of protein--vanilla would probably taste best. Try it out!
Chocolate Banana Pick-Me-Up Smoothie with Coconut Milk
If you love chocolate milk, chocolate milkshakes, or really anything chocolate, this is the smoothie for you. It uses chocolate protein powder to give it a delicious, rich cocoa flavour. If you only have vanilla on hand, though, you can add in some raw cacao powder for the full flavour and the antioxidant benefits! Get blending with this recipe here.
The Great Green Smoothie with Spinach & Almond Butter
This is by far our customer's favourite smoothie! And it's no wonder. It's packed with so many healthy ingredients to make you feel outstanding, and the flavour is just wonderful. What makes it so healthy? Spinach, greek yogurt, almond butter, cinnamon, banana--all of these (and more) make a smooth, creamy, delicious, protein-packed green smoothie that you'll want to make again and again. Get the green smoothie here!
There you have it - 7 of our favourite refreshing, rejuvenating smoothies. If you make them, share a picture on social media with #goodnessmesmoothie or let us know what your favourite smoothie recipe is!
*excludes Locke Street & Waterdown locations