There are hundreds of reasons to drink smoothies: they're a breeze to make, are high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and nutrients – if you use the right ingredients. Smoothies can also be sneakily high in calories and packed with sugar (see, Jamba Juice).
We asked a series of expert nutritionists, chefs, coaches, and doctors to provide us with their go-to smoothie recipes. What they sent us was inspiring and a little eye opening. Trade chocolate for cacao, they suggest, and get the sweetness with a dose of magnesium and iron. Sprinkle in spirulina powder to boost your immune system. And while you're at it, toss in a spoonful of chia seeds, swap regular milk for coconut or almond milk, and sift in a cup of hemp granola. Here, are 19 great recipes to start.
Katerine Van Wyk's Banana-Chard Smoothie
"Juices and smoothies don't have to be complicated or full of strange ingredients," says Katrine Van Wyk, author of 'Best Green Drinks Ever,' a new user-friendly guide to making a tasty, veggie-filled drink. This book has 63 recipes, including our current favorite, the antioxidant-filled banana-chard smoothie (coconut water, a banana, a tangerine, and Swiss chard). "I promise," says Van Wyk, "it's not just liquidized kale." Here's one recipe from the book that has become a part of our daily routine.
(Makes one tall glass)
1 cup coconut water
1 tangerine, peeled and seeded
1 cup or 2–3 leaves Swiss chard, stems removed
Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.