Easy and healthy smoothies! Perfect for summer!

The past few days, while recovering from a stomach bug, I’ve rediscovered my love for smoothies. When you don’t feel like eating very much or if you’re experiencing bloating from hormones – smoothies are a great way to fill your body with much needed protein and nutrients to keep you living well.

Here are some of my favorite recipes. Mostly, I just grab whatever I have on hand and hope it goes well when I toss it into a blender. These recipes work well with a handheld mixer or a blender. I hear a lot of fitness experts swear by the Bullet – but I’ll stick to my trusty old hand mixer. It’s easy to clean and can be purchased anywhere.

This one you can order from Amazon is pretty close to the model I have. It’s selling for $21.00 Canadian. For easy cleaning, just rinse off the blades after you mix your smoothie.

But if you’re hardcore and want one to use what the pro’s use – here’s the NutriBullet PRO for about $100.00 CDN. I may have to add this one to my Amazon Wish List – which you can find here if you want to donate to help renovate my condo!

Any blender will also do for making delicious homemade smoothies. In fact, I’ve started using smoothies to supplement my breakfast since I’m not much of a morning person during the week. It’s also really helped with my stomach bug. That and drinking plenty of water.

Healthy, nutritious – and delicious

Here are some key ingredients you will need to keep on hand if you want to make healthy smoothies. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what flavors you want for yogurt, but I find plain or vanilla work best in smoothies.

Keep in mind – these recipes have been inspired by other bloggers and recipe makers that I’ve discovered over the years. I just like to mix things up a bit. This stock photo from Google gave me the idea to mix different recipes together. And glass jars are a great way to chill your smoothie for when you’re on the go.

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Key ingredients for fruit smoothies 

  • 1 cup of low fat plain or vanilla yogurt or 1 cup of skim milk
  • 1 cup of orange juice (or flavour of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp of ground flax seed for added fibre
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 tbsp of dark cocoa to make a chocolate smoothie
  • Your choice of fruit: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or bananas work well

Preparation is easy – it takes minutes

If you’re using a hand-mixer, it’s easiest to mix the ingredients in a large glass bowl or pitcher. I usually just dump all the ingredients in one jar or bowl and use the hand mixer. It literally takes a couple of minutes to do this.

If you’re using a blender, you may want to toss in the banana or berries first to chop them up evenly and then add the juice and yogurt. If I’m using the hand mixer, I will slice up the banana first.

The Domestic Geek

I love this channel – it’s a newer discovery. She has all kinds of great ideas for smoothie recipes and healthy food. I’m learning a lot from trainers online in general.

For faster prep – wash and cut all your fruit when you bring it home from the store. Put them in rubbermaid containers or back into the original container to keep them fresh longer. You can also freeze them to use later.

According to The Domestic Geek, frozen fruit is much better. There are some great tips here for pre-prepping your recipes. These are great ideas for those who are busy with kids or professionals who are always on the go.

Add more protein to your diet – with protein smoothies

If you’re looking for more protein and fibre in your diet – then use leafy greens and protein powders in your recipes. There are thousands of recipes online. Just hop on YouTube and you’ll be blown away by just how many there are.

Looks easy right? It’s pretty hard to go wrong with smoothie recipes. Just remember – keep plenty of yogurt, milk, low-sugar juices and fruit on hand. Adding things like flax seeds and chia seeds will help to boost up your fibre intake. Adding a protein or whey powder is great for those who are looking to beef up or bulk up.

Thanks for reading!

What is your go-to source for smoothie recipes? Do you have a favorite recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Just watching this video is making me hungry again!

 

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