Smoothies are like cupcakes—no matter how long they’ve been trendy, we still can’t help but love them, endlessly seeking new and ever-more creative ways to enjoy them.
We decided to take the usual fruit, vegetables, and nut milk, and add some health-boosting, off-the-beaten-smoothie-path ingredients to bring even more nutrients to your glass. Protein-rich, packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and probiotics, these make the perfect fast grab-and-go breakfast or snack.
Check out the videos to find out how to make them, and then fire up your blender.
Superfood Extreme Smoothie (video above) is made with almond butter, blackberries, dark chocolate, raw honey and almond milk, making it high in protein, fiber, antioxidants and potassium.
Secret Ingredient: Apple cider vinegar, which reduces blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol and helps you feel fuller, longer.
Tropical Delight Smoothie tastes like a healthy creamsicle, with digestive-enhancing pineapple and banana, plus protein-rich almond milk.
Secret Ingredient: Fiber-filled chia seeds are a rich source of Omega-3s, iron, calcium and antioxidants.
Orange Frost Smoothie is loaded with vitamin C-rich mango, peaches, and carrots along with anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy coconut milk.
Secret Ingredient: Anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric also provides antioxidants, helps reduce blood pressure, and lowers risk of heart disease.
Protein Power Smoothie gets a kick from plant-based protein powder, as well as antioxidant- and fiber-rich blueberries and strawberries.
Secret Ingredient: Immune-boosting red bell pepper, which is rich in vitamins C, E and B6, reduces inflammation and cholesterol through its capsaicin compound.
Green Dream Smoothie is jam packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Kale and spinach make star turns as does banana, which provides a potassium boost.
Secret Ingredient: Probiotic-rich avocado is a heart-healthy fruit that contains fiber and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Coconut Cream Smoothie has fiber-rich oats, vitamin bursting nectarines, and yummy good-for-you coconut milk and shredded coconut.
Secret Ingredient: Flax seeds, which are rich in Omega-3s, protein, fiber, and manganese.
Also published on Medium.