Healthy Smoothies That Delight the Senses

I think everyone enjoys a smoothie every now and again, or maybe more often than that. They are a great way to sneak fresh fruit and veg into anyone’s diet, can be taken anywhere to enjoy and if you grow your own organic garden can help use up your produce.

Herbs and spices can be added to smoothies that enhance the flavour but also aid the body, so don’t be afraid to make up your own concoctions and find the perfect smoothie for you!

There are many great ways to make that perfectly delicious healthy smoothie that anyone will enjoy.

Banana Ginger Smoothie

This tasty drink helps with many different things, including digestion, heartburn, nausea or just being hot on a nice warm sunny day.

SERVINGS: 2

1 banana, sliced

¾ c (6 oz) vanilla yogurt

1 Tbsp honey

½ tsp freshly grated ginger

COMBINE the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.

Orange Dream Creamsicle

Perfect for that low-carb post workout drink, or for a sunny day.

SERVINGS: 1

1 navel orange, peeled

¼ c fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt

2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate

¼ tsp vanilla extract

4 ice cubes

COMBINE the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes. Process until smooth.

Very Berry Breakfast

The deviously perfect start to any day full of fruity energy.

SERVINGS: 2

1 c frozen unsweetened raspberries

¾ c chilled unsweetened almond or rice milk

¼ c frozen pitted unsweetened cherries or raspberries

1½ Tbsp honey

2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

1 tsp ground flaxseed

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

COMBINE all ingredients in blender, adding lemon juice to taste. Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 chilled glasses.

Pineapple Passion

This decadently thick drink can even satisfy your desire for ice cream.

SERVINGS: 1

1 c low-fat or light vanilla yogurt

6 ice cubes

1 c pineapple chunks

1. COMBINE the yogurt and ice cubes. Blend, pulsing as needed, until the ice is in large chunks.

2. ADD the pineapple and blend at “whip” speed until smooth.

Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

Stay full and fight disease. This high-fiber drink becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C.

SERVINGS: 4

1¼ c cold apple juice

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, sliced

5 frozen strawberries

1½ tsp honey

COMBINE the juice, banana, kiwifruit, strawberries, and honey. Blend until smooth.

Banana-Blueberry-Soy Smoothie

A smoothie bursting with flavor and sweetness.

SERVINGS: 2

1¼ c light soy milk

½ c frozen loose-pack blueberries

½ frozen banana, sliced

2 tsp sugar or 2 packets artificial sweetener

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

COMBINE 1 cup of the milk, the blueberries, banana, sugar or sweetener, and vanilla extract. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, or until smooth. Add up to ¼ cup more milk if a thinner smoothie is desired.

Apricot-Mango Madness

Fresh lemon juice adds a tangy splash to this sweet smoothie.

SERVINGS: 2

6 apricots, peeled, pitted, and chopped (about 2 c)

2 ripe mangoes, 10 to 12 ounces each, peeled and chopped (about 2 c)

1 c reduced-fat milk or plain low-fat yogurt

4 tsp fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp vanilla extract

8 ice cubes

Lemon peel twists (garnish)

1. PLACE the apricots, mangoes, milk or yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a blender. Process for 8 seconds. Add the ice cubes, and process 6 to 8 seconds longer, or until smooth.

2. POUR into tall glasses, garnish with lemon twists, if desired, and serve immediately.

Watermelon Wonder

Transform a summer fruit favorite into a drinkable delight.

SERVINGS: 2

2 c chopped watermelon

¼ c fat-free milk

2 c ice

COMBINE the watermelon and milk, and blend for 15 seconds, or until smooth. Add the ice, and blend 20 seconds longer, or to your desired consistency. Add more ice, if needed, and blend for 10 seconds.

Berry Good Workout Smoothie

Get the energy you need to power through your workout in minutes with this easy-to-make tasty drink.

SERVINGS: 1

1½ c chopped strawberries

1 c blueberries

½ c raspberries

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

½ c ice cubes

BLEND all ingredients.

Sunrise Smoothie

Blend apricot and peach together, and your smoothie will looks like an early-morning sunrise, and taste just as spectacular.

SERVINGS: 4

1 banana

1 c apricot nectar, chilled

1 container (8 oz) low-fat peach yogurt

1 Tbsp frozen lemonade concentrate

½ c club soda, chilled

1. COMBINE the banana, apricot nectar, yogurt, and lemonade concentrate. Process for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy.

2. STIR in the club soda and serve immediately.

Berry Vanilla Sensation

Tangy fruit smoothie, yet still just as delicious

SERVINGS: 2

½ c frozen unsweetened raspberries

½ c frozen unsweetened strawberries

¾ c unsweetened pineapple juice

1 c (8 oz) fat-free vanilla yogurt

COMBINE the raspberries, strawberries, and pineapple juice. Add the yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Whatever smoothie you decide to try, it’ll make a tasty, healthy treat to any kind of day.

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