Recipe Round-Up: Add These 10 Healthy Smoothies to Your Rotation
Whether you’re looking for a quick but healthy breakfast, a decadent treat, or just a way to squeeze in more greens in your diet, a smoothie is the perfect option.
While smoothies have gotten a bad rap in the past for being sugar laden and anything but healthy, as long as you make them at home and pick the right mixture of fruits and veggies, you can make a nutrient dense and delicious smoothie.
Why do I love smoothies so much? They are one of the simplest ways to increase your nutrient density in a small yet filling volume that’s easy on your digestive system. Smoothies also make a great breakfast or snack anytime of the day and can be made in less than 5 minutes. Keep reading for my favourite 10 smoothie recipes, so that you can rotate different smoothies throughout the week to increase your nutrient density and variety.
I know this may seem like an odd combination but trust me, this is one decadent and delicious smoothie! The strawberries, raw cacao, and coconut yogurt completely neutralize the earthy taste of the beets, so you’re left with a chocolatey and insanely delicious smoothie bowl. The best part? The beets support detoxification and the raw cacao will give you a burst of energy, making this the perfect way to start your day.
If you’re looking for a healthy, satisfying, and go-to breakfast smoothie, look no further than this recipe. It’s perfectly creamy thanks to the banana, and packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. This combination will keep you full all morning long, and will likely become one of your favourite breakfast recipes.
I love whipping up this smoothie at the first sign of a cold. This one is filled with anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric, to help with cold symptoms and support the immune system. The added carrot helps with relieving congestion, while the mango and banana add just enough sweetness to balance it all out. Try this next time you’re fighting a cold, or as a way to prevent one in the first place!
This Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie is packed with superfoods, greens, and just enough fresh fruit to make it insanely delicious. It’s perfect for those just starting off with adding greens to their smoothies since once you add some fruit, spinach tends to be mild and not noticeable (especially compared to deeper greens such as kale). I love this smoothie because it’s great for keeping hydrated, increases your energy (thanks to the spirulina), and is filled with antioxidants and healthy fats that promote glowing skin.
If you feel nauseous, bloated, or just want to kickstart your digestion, then your tummy will love this combination. The 3 key ingredients – mint, ginger, and chia – are incredibly calming for the digestive system, plus the added greens, lime and cucumber are incredible detoxifiers known for their tummy-soothing effects. So next time you’re feeling bloated, weighed down, or just a bit under the weather, try this de-bloat green smoothie!
If you’re looking for a way to refuel after a workout, this is an incredible option. It’s packed with 15 grams of plant-based protein from hemp seeds, almond butter, and chia seeds. Hemp seeds are a great alternative to protein powder as they are a source of complete plant-based protein that are easy to digest. The chia seeds help bulk up and thicken the smoothie, giving it a great texture and providing additional protein and omega-3s.
Even though this smoothie can double as dessert, you can also serve it for breakfast on those days when you just feel like something special. It’s filled with antioxidants thanks to the raw cacao and mint. Plus, the added spinach, avocado, and hemp make this one satiating and nutrient-rich smoothie.
You probably weren’t expecting to see coffee on this list, but a small amount of coffee has been shown to have great benefits including protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, and liver cancer, as well as promoting a healthy heart. The chia seeds swell up, giving this drink a lovely texture and a good boost of fiber. The best part? You can make it in 2 minutes and take it to go on the way to work or school.
This green smoothie is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse! It’s filled with hydrating coconut water, creamy avocado loaded with fiber and healthy fats, turmeric for powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and blood sugar-balancing cinnamon. It’s also banana-free, which is quite rare when it comes to smoothies, so this is great if you aren’t a huge fan of or are allergic to bananas.
This Ultimate Oranges Smoothie is loaded with antioxidants such as beta-carotene for improved eye health, immune health, and digestive health. The unexpected addition of steamed sweet potato makes it creamy, rich, and adds the right touch of sweetness. I hope you add this one to your rotation!
Any favourite smoothie recipes of your own? Share them in the comments – we’d love to give them a try! And check out Well.ca’s top smoothie products here!
Danica is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and health coach on a mission to help women around the world find their optimal well-being. She is the founder of Nakd Health, where she coaches clients to prioritize wellness in their busy lives with delicious recipes, nutrition advice, fitness and lifestyle changes.