Rainbow-Inspired Smoothies

Lentine Alexis
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

About the Author

Lentine Alexis
Lentine Alexis
Lentine is a curious, classically trained chef and former pro athlete. She uses her bicycle, raw life and travel experiences and organic ingredients to inspire athletes and everyone to explore, connect and expand their human experiences through food. She previously worked as a Chef/Recipe Developer/Content Creator and Culinary Director at Skratch Labs – a sports nutrition company dedicated to making real food alternatives to modern “energy foods.” Today, she writes, cooks, speaks and shares ideas for nourishing sport and life with whole, simple, delicious foods.

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