Smoothie Recipes: Including John’s Surprise Blends

Smoothies are fast and tasty way to add nutrients to your diet …and there’s no end to the combinations you can create.  All you need are fresh ingredients and a decent blender.

Green Smoothie

Many recipes call for ice but you can give your smoothies a flavor boost by using frozen fruit instead.  Just place one or more of your ingredients in the freezer an hour before you’re ready to blend.  Overripe bananas are perfect for this.  Toss them in the freezer and simply run them under warm water to peel.

Two key components of a great smoothie are protein (organic whey is a great choice) and healthy fats like flax seed oil and avocado.

Here are a few favorite recipes from John and Diana to get you started.   Enjoy and don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun!

John’s Green Surprise

½ avocado
½ apple
2 stalks celery
¼ green pepper
8 cherries
2 big leaves kale (chard, bok choi)
1 medium floret broccoli
3oz OJ
5 oz H20
1 medium carrot
1 large handful mesclun greens (any lettuce but iceberg will do)
small handful parsley (cilantro and dill are great too)
2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
+/- 1 medium clove garlic
1 tsp curry powder (optional)

John’s Red Surprise

1 avocado
1.5 nectarines (or a full cup of watermelon/ honeydew/ cantelope)
2 stalks celery
2 big leaves red chard
3oz OJ
5 oz H20
½ medium beet with greens
small handful parsley
small handful of cilantro
2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 medium clove garlic;
1 tsp curry powder (optional)

Diana’s Almond Smoothie

Protein powder blended with unsweetened almond milk
half of a banana
1 T of almond butter
1T flax seed
ice and a dash of cinnamon

Diana’s Coconut- Avocado  Smoothie

protein powder blended with coconut milk
half of an avocado
1/2 to 1 cup of frozen blueberries
ice and a dash of cinnamon
water to bring it to your favorite consistency

Diana’s Pumpkin Smoothie

protein powder blended with a cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 can of organic pumpkin (or fresh)
1/2  apple or banana
a few sprinkles of cinnamon (to taste)
add water and/or ice to desired consistency