2 handfuls of organic spinach
1/3 c. organic raspberries
1 orange, peeled
Almond milk, enough for the consistency you like (I use about 1/4 cup)
1 T. flax seed
1/2 c. ice
Blend all ingredients in a blender — I like to use the “puree” or “liquify” setting.
I love smoothies and make a number of them a week. Although this is what I call a “mixed” smoothie (combination of fruits and vegetables), I make a number of different blends. I always start out with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and a banana, then add different ingredients. Here are some of my favorite combinations:
- Blueberry, strawberry and blackberry
- Natural peanut butter and blueberry
- Spinach, romaine and cucumber
- Spinach, cucumber and blueberry
I also add some additional protein or add-in, depending upon my mood:
- Flax seeds (very inexpensive in the bulk section of your grocery store)
- Raw egg (I don’t have a worry about the raw aspect, but omit if you do)
- Protein powder (I use Naturade Pea Protein, expensive at first but lasts a long time) — whey or soy protein is also good
- Greek yogurt (I like Greek Gods yogurt in Vanilla Honey)
- Agave nectar or honey for sweetener, although the fruit smoothies don’t usually need it
I make smoothies for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks — just not all on the same day. I probably have a smoothie 4-5 times a week when I’m really into it. Remember, it’s possible to have an unhealthy smoothie — those that are packed with smoothie mixes have a lot of fillers and unnecessary sugars — so try to choose your ingredients wisely. I sometimes add 1/4 fruit juice into vegetable or “green” smoothies, but never in the fruit smoothies as they already have enough fruit (carbs) in them.
What are your favorite smoothies? I like trying new combinations, so please leave a comment and let us know yours!