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.
Brad Gruno's Green Smoothie
Brad Gruno is the founder and CEO of Brad's Raw Foods and a champion of the plant-based diet, which consists largely of fresh salads, juices, and his popular kale chips. His new book, Brad's Raw Made Easy, contains a slew of recipes for meals, snacks, desserts, and of course, smoothies, that fit into a raw foods diet. Here's one of his favorites.
Brad's Green Smoothie
Servings: 2 meals or 3-4 snacks
- 3 cups water
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 pear, coarsely chopped
- 1 apple, coarsely chopped
- 1 (1-inch) piece peeled ginger
- 3 stalks kale, coarsely chopped
Preparation: Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend until desired consistency. Add more water to thin if necessary.