We've amped up our smoothie game with five out-of-the-box smoothies you can't resist!
By Talia Chapparo, CNP
Blending up a smoothie is a great way to add a fun boost to your nutrition. Make them colourful, incorporate delicious flavours and even hide some veggies! This is an easy way to jazz up the same old ingredients while enjoying health benefits from nutrients and enzymes found in fruits and veggies.
This thick and creamy smoothie will have you wondering if you are having dessert for breakfast! It’s packed with chickpea protein, fibre, healthy fats, and potassium to support heart function. Rich in antioxidants and cacao, it can help to reduce inflammation. Top this smoothie with an easy 5 minute salted caramel sauce (you’ll be putting this on everything, you’re welcome) and you will be wondering where this smoothie has been all your life!
Salted Caramel Sauce:
In a small pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk for 5 minutes. Set aside
Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with coconut whip and drizzle salted caramel sauce.
This refreshing green grape smoothie will keep you hydrated and thinking it’s a hot summer day. Packed with electrolytes like potassium and manganese, this green drink helps to support fluid balance and energy metabolism in the body. Don’t let the the delicious taste fool you, it's nutrient density is massive with the addition of MCT oil and spirulina! MCT oil is quickly metabolized into energy and can even help to curb cravings. Spirulina provides protein to help repair muscle tissue, iron to support blood health, and it even assists with allergy relief. Enjoy this with your breakfast and you’ll think you are on vacation every day!
Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with mint, cucumber and grapes. If you are adding spirulina, add to the blender or mix in once poured.
Take a break and slip into this tropical paradise dream! This double layered smoothie is as functional as it is delicious. Antioxidants like vitamin C and carotenes found in these foods help to support the immune system. The veggies add fibre and nutrients like vitamins B and K.
Pina Colada layer:
Blend on high until smooth. Add 1/4 cup more almond milk if your blender needs it. Pour into a glass and store in the fridge for the time being.
Mango Mania later:
Blend on high until smooth. Add 1/4 cup more coconut milk if your blender needs it. Pour this mixture gently, or scoop onto the Pina Colada layer with a spoon. Give a quick mix with a spoon to see the colours intertwine, but not fully mix. Top with coconut flakes and tropical fruit!
This zesty berry smoothie is a great excuse to eat your smoothie with a spoon! Combined with fresh berries and creamy chia seed pudding, it’s sure to have your taste buds tingling. The healthy fats in avocados and protein in chia seeds will keep you feeling full. Mixed berries and lime add antioxidants which help to fight free radicals and oxidative stress in the body.
Chia Seed Pudding:
Combine ingredients together in a container. Stir, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Berry Blast Smoothie:
Blend until smooth. Add the juice of the rest of the lime for extra zing!
Layer fresh berries and 1/2 cup of chia seed pudding on the bottom of a mason jar or bowl. Add the smoothie mixture and top with fresh berries and shredded coconut or granola.
This fun twist on a classic banana split is the perfect afternoon treat. High in antioxidants, vitamins and fibre, papaya brings a new and refreshing flavour to this smoothie. Red berries add antioxidants, and healthy fats in coconut milk and whip help to balance blood sugar levels. Boost it with flaxseed oil to add anti-inflammatory properties and add important fats like omega-3 to support healthy skin, hair and nails.
1. Papaya Banana layer:
Blend until smooth and pour into a glass.
2. Vanilla Pear layer:
Blend until smooth and scoop on top of papaya layer with a spoon so it doesn't sink.
3. Strawberry Raspberry layer:
Blend until well combined (don't over blend this layer). Scoop on top of the vanilla pear layer with a spoon. Top with coconut whip, dark chocolate chunks, granola, and fresh fruit.
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