Three Delicious Smoothies You Should Be Making

This is an older post I wrote a few years back. I have had many people ask me about smoothies so I figured that this post is a good starting point to help you delve into the smoothie world! Today I drink vegetable heavy smoothies and I will post some recipes soon. I do realize that many people are not as “hardcore” as me, and my vegetable smoothies maybe a bit much in the beginning so below are some really delicious smoothies that are very easy to make and much healthier (and cheaper) than Kiva Juice or Emerald City Smoothie.

Remember fruit has a lot of sugar and carbs, while natural, eating too much makes fat loss really hard.

I always recommend that you get the majority of your calories from real food, not liquid but sometimes a quick delicious smoothie “hits the spot”, especially post workout, or even for breakfast (just don’t make this a habit), or a late afternoon snack. Smoothies are great tasting and can actually be very healthy when made properly. Also add some protein powder and you have yourself a really fulfilling, refreshing recovery drink! Let me give you 3 of my favorite smoothie recipes:

Chocolate Milk Smoothie – This is one of my favorites because it is really simple and it tastes just like chocolate milk and who does not like chocolate milk? Lately I have been adding a spoonful of raw almond butter (do not buy/consume roasted nut butters!) to the smoothie, the chocolate flavor combined with the almond butter is just amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 whole large banana or 2 small bananas
  • Optional (but delicious) – Raw Almond Butter (can be found at most health food stores)
  • Optional – Unflavored Upgraded Whey protein powder or unflavored protein of your choice. If you really want to go next level I also add 1 serving of collagen protein. These proteins can be found at the gym along with other bulletproof products.
  • 5-6 ice cubes – I like my smoothies cold. This is where a powerful blender comes in handy!!!
  • Blend all ingredients, while items are blending, add Upgraded Chocolate powder or a unsweetened chocolate powder. Be careful a little goes a long way. Add slowly until the liquid turns light brown.
  • Enjoy!

Chocolate Milk Smoothie

Berry blast –  The creaminess of the coconut milk combined with the berries is delightful. There are many ways to make this smoothie but the berries I typically use are blue berries, strawberries, raspberries and/or blackberries. I typically buy frozen organic berries.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk*
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup blue berries and 2 whole strawberries (Remember this is where you can get creative I typically use 3/4 to 1 full cup of berries in any combo)
  • Optional – Banana
  • Optional – Unflavored Whey protein powder. If you really want to go next level I also add 1 serving of collagen protein.
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • Blend all ingredients. If it becomes too thick to blend just add water slowly until it can blend nicely.

Berry Blast Smoothie

Orange-Berry – Orange, raspberries, coconut oil, it doesn’t get much more refreshing than this.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 whole orange (pealed obviously)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • small spoonful of unrefined coconut oil
  • Optional – Unflavored Whey protein powder. If you really want to go next level I also add 1 serving of collagen protein.
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • Blend all ingredients. If it becomes too thick to blend just add water slowly until it can blend nicely.

Orange-Berry

* I recommend the coconut milk from the can. Do not buy the “light” version and do not buy the version sold in cartons, example the So Delicious brand ,it is watered down and overpriced. Coconut milk is high in fat but it is good fat (lots of health benefits!!!) and this natural fat not only tastes great it will satisfy your hunger for much longer.

Make sure to shake the can very well before you open it (you should be able to hear the milk moving) because the coconut cream can separate from the coconut water. You may have to put the can in some hot water for a few minuets to be able to hear the milk moving when you shake the can. Store the unused coconut milk in the fridge and try to use with in a few days.

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