Recently I’ve been on a mission to re-vamp and re-photograph as many of my old smoothie recipes as possible. The blog has evolved a lot since I started 4 and a half years ago, and some of the older photos really didn’t do the recipes justice. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making them again, tweaking ingredients to amp up the nutrition and deliciousness, and having LOTS of fun with taste testing too!
The main reason I adore smoothies is because they’re such an easy way to get TONS of nutrient-dense foods in a single, portable meal. In the collection below, you’ll find a whole bunch of varieties including some with protein powder, some fruit-only smoothies, some that contain hidden veggies, and a few pumpkin-infused ones because let’s be honest, tis the season for maximizing pumpkin intake, right?
Most of these recipes are are vegan friendly and gluten free, with suggestions for optional superfood add-ins to make them even bigger nutrient powerhouses.
Pumpkin-ana Smoothie – A big favourite at this time of year, this smoothie is an easy blend of pureed pumpkin, frozen banana, plant-based protein powder, and warming spices. Quick – hoard the cans of pumpkin because you’re going to want to make this one frequently!
If you like this recipe, you’ll also enjoy these:
Raspberry Peach Smoothie – If you can, be sure to freeze some raspberries and peaches before they’re officially out of season because this smoothie tastes too good to wait until next summer for. This blend also contains maca root powder, a powerful superfood that comes from a root in Peru. It has adaptogenic properties, meaning that it helps to balance the adrenals and keep our endocrine systems in check. Feeling stressed and fatigued? Maca provides a natural energy boost (not a spike) and helps our bodies cope with stress. If you ask me, we could all use a bit of it in our lives!
Blackberry Coconut Smoothie – This is a lovely, creamy, almost decadent, smoothie that tastes more sweet than tart. Blackberries are in season from the end of summer to early fall in many parts of North America, so if you find them on sale at the market, stock up and make this recipe! And if you’re trying to keep calories in check without sacrificing flavour, try using So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk – it’s my favourite out of all the coconut milks I’ve tried.
Mega Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl – Smoothies don’t need to be served in a glass! This creation has a delightful, thick consistency that warrants slurping it off of a spoon. Feel free to top the bowl with any fruit or other superfoods that you have on hand. Berries, hemp seeds, flaked almonds, chopped walnuts, and goji berries are all great options!
Sunshine Smoothie – This smoothie contains a powerful healing trio of maca root powder, chia seeds and turmeric, but don’t you worry – you won’t taste any of them because the sunny flavours of pineapple, oranges and bananas will totally fool your taste buds.
Basic Green Smoothie – This one’s a really simple recipe for those of you just getting started with adding greens to your blender. Feel free to use any mild-tasting greens like romaine lettuce, spinach, or rainbow chard as they won’t have a very detectable taste. Kale has a stronger taste, so if you’re not so sure you’re ready for that yet, try experimenting with smaller quantities and mixing it with milder greens. No matter what sort of greenery you choose, each has its own unique health benefits!
Superfruit Smoothie – This glass of goodness is infused with acai berry powder, a potent superfood high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. It comes from a dark purple berry that grows on palm trees in South America, and my go-to brand is Navitas Naturals.
Peaches ‘n Greens Smoothie – A favourite of mine this summer, and one I plan to make throughout the winter with my frozen peaches too (even if it means drinking it wrapped in a blanket with 5 sweaters on.) A small amount of fresh ginger gives it a little bit of a spicy twist, and chia seeds help to thicken the texture while adding healthy fats and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied.
Cherry Almond Smoothie – If you use fresh cherries, you could find yourself pitting them for quite a while. I like to use Costco’s frozen cherries for this one because frozen fruit means you can get away with adding less ice (and that means you won’t be diluting the flavour as much).
Strawberry Banana Bliss Smoothie – This isn’t a very fancy pants smoothie in comparison to some of the others, but it’s sure to please everyone. It also freezes well so feel free to turn it into popsicles or homemade frozen yogurt. You won’t find a store-bought version this healthy!)
If you like this recipe, you’ll also enjoy these…
Creamy Kiwi Banana Smoothie – Here’s a little kiwi 101 lesson for you: Did you know that this fruit contains an enzyme that helps our stomachs digest it easily, and that it’s an amazing fruit for skin health thanks to its vitamin E content? They’re also on the EWG’s Clean 15 list, meaning that you don’t need to worry about buying organic ones because the conventional kind are not exposed to high levels of pesticides. And of course, let’s not forget that kiwis are just plain delicious! They add a lovely natural sweetness to this smoothie and I promise you won’t even taste the greens. If you’re newer to green smoothie making, this is a great one to start with.
Carrrot Cake Smoothie – I’m not a big desserts kind of girl, but if I had to pick a favourite cake, it’d be carrot cake. Not surprisingly, that means I make this one regularly. If you’re a carrot cake fan, I think you’ll adore it too!
If you like this recipe, you might also like the Apple Pie Smoothie
Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Ginger Smoothie – If you’ve been working out hard, feeling a little run down, fatigued or achey, or just don’t seem to be functioning like your usual self, there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing inflammation somewhere in your body. You’re in luck though, because there are lots of foods with anti-inflammatory properties to help tame the fire and get you feeling back to normal again. Berries, ginger, and chia seeds are three of these foods, and you’ll find them all in this smoothie.
Berry Watermelon Slushie – A super simple yet amazingly refreshing blend of strawberries, juicy watermelon, and Vega Recovery Accelerator. This slushie also contains chia seeds for a punch of omega 3 healthy fats, as well has coconut water which is rich in naturally-occurring electrolytes. We lose electrolytes through sweat, so drinking coconut water afterwards is a great way to replenish your stores. Not a coconut water fan? Don’t worry – the other ingredients in this recipe completely mask the coconutty taste!
The Super Recovery Coconut Lime Green Smoothie – This is one of the #1 viewed recipes on the blog, and for good reason too! While the Raspberry Ginger Smoothie and Berry Watermelon Slushie will help speed recovery after a workout, this smoothie will supercharge it.
Speaking of smoothies, Vega just launched an amazing Smoothie Pinnin’ Contest and I think you’re going to wan to get in on the action because there are some GREAT prizes to be won! The contest runs until September 30th, 2014, so you still have plenty of time to enter.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Follow Vega on Pinterest
- Create your own board and call it Best Smoothie Recipes
- Pin 10 (or more) of your fave smoothies, tagging them all with #BestSmoothie and #VegaSmoothie
- Submit your name, e-mail address and link to your board here.
And if you like to tweet…
….there’s a Twitter party happening this Wednesday, September 17th from 6-8pm. Vega is hosting and it’s all about how to make a great smoothie. You’ll be able to find it by following Vega on Twitter, and watching for the hashtags #VegaSmoothie and #VegaChat. I’ll be there and it would be great to see you too!
Now before you go, I’d like to know…
- Have you created your board yet? Feel free to link it up below so I can take a peek!
- Do you have a go-to smoothie right now? What’s in it?