Rainbow-Inspired Smoothies

by Lentine Alexis
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Rainbow-Inspired Smoothies

You’ve always been told to “eat your veggies,” but what about when it’s too hot to cook — or you’re too busy to make a salad? Drinking your veggies is a colorful, flavorful and nutritious way to enjoy a fresh meal or snack when you’re on the go.

There are countless ways to combine ingredients to make a great smoothie, so let the colors be your guide. Play with fruits, vegetables and ingredients of similar color to create sweet concoctions; say deep purple beets, berries and cacao or bright yellow peaches, peppers and tomatoes. Or, give some of our recipes a whirl — a blue smoothie packed with protein and recovery power, a spicy and soothing orange refresher and a bright and cooling green smoothie snack — are some of our favorites.

Blueberry Power Recovery Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder (or protein powder of your choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

Chop the banana and toss it into the blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend on high until completely smooth. Pour into two, medium-sized glasses and serve or store in an airtight glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 256; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat:  2g; Cholesterol:  0mg; Sodium:  145mg; Carbohydrate:  36g; Dietary Fiber:  7g; Sugar:  18g; Protein:  7g

Mango, Carrot & Goji Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 navel orange, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Flesh of one ripe mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ripe peach, pit removed and flesh roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/4–1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 cup carrot juice, freshly squeezed (can substitute brown rice milk)
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black chia seeds

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients except for the chia seeds in a blender. Blend on high until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the spices to your liking, adding more ginger if necessary.

Pour into two medium-sized glasses. Stir in the chia seeds and serve well-chilled.

Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 247; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 41mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 40g; Protein: 4g

Avocado, Mango & Lime Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, pit removed
  • 1/2 ripe mango fresh or frozen)
  • 2–4 dried medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup filtered cold water
  • Juice of 2 limes

Directions:

Blend all ingredients on high until completely smooth.

Taste and adjust the sweetness and sourness — adding more dates to make the smoothie more sweet or lime juice to make the smoothies more tart. Pour into two medium-sized glasses and serve very cold.

Recipe makes 2 services at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories:  243; Total Fat:  11g; Saturated Fat:  2g; Monounsaturated Fat:  7g; Cholesterol:  0mg; Sodium:  12mg; Carbohydrate:  37g; Dietary Fiber:  8g; Sugar:  28g; Protein:  3g

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