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.
Jason Adams' Green Tea, Banana, & Blueberry Smoothie
Jason Adams has worked in the kitchens at some of the world's finest hotels, including Tower Thistle, Hyatt Carlton Towers, and eight Ritz-Carlton resorts. Currently, he's the executive chef at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Adams recommends this green tea, banana, and blueberry smoothie as an easy refresher. "Nevis is an island of natural remedies," he says, "and the high antioxidant properties of these three ingredients combine for a boost to one's immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems."
Green Tea, Banana, & Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 oz blueberries
- 1 whole ripe banana
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- ½ tsp Allspice
- Simple syrup to taste
- Crushed ice
Preparation: Blend cut pipe banana, blueberries, yogurt and the contents of one green tea bag until smooth, adding crushed ice slowly to required consistency. Add simple syrup to sweeten.
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