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.
Jen Wittman's Healthy Plate's Pleasure
Jen Wittman is a holistic health coach. That means she's a trained chef and nutritionist has a degree in psychology, operates two wellness websites (The Healthy Plate and Thyroid Loving Care), and has helped with models, actors, and business owners transform their health.
This protein-packed smoothie is robust enough for breakfast or a post-workout snack. Plus, it's paleo-friendly and can be made in under 10 minutes.
The Healthy Plate's Pleasure – Power Protein Smoothie
- 2 cups Native Forest coconut milk or homemade almond-walnut milk
- 1 ½ cups of organic frozen cherries
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp hemp seed
- 1 tbsp maca powder
Preparation: Toss all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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