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4 Healthy Smoothies We Really Love

By superadminAugust 29, 2012

Whether you’re too busy to sit down for a full meal or simply needing a snack to tide you over, smoothies are a great way to nourish yourself without much fuss. The following selection of smoothie recipes comes from Vegetarian Times, via Yoga Journal. Be sure to select fresh organic ingredients when preparing any of these four blended beverages.

Green Smoothie

Makes six servings.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of freshly made apple juice
10 ounces baby spinach
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 green apple, sliced and cored
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon of unprocessed salt

Directions

1. Fill bowl with ice water and set aside.
2. Cook spinach in large pot of boiling salted water 2 to 3 minutes, or until just wilted. Transfer to ice water. Wring excess water from spinach with hands.
3. Purée spinach, kiwi and apple juice in blender until smooth. Add yogurt, parsley, and salt, and purée until smooth.

Papaya Smoothie

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Serves one.

Ingredients

1 cup cubed ripe papaya
6 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon of juice squeezed from lime
1 teaspoon of agave nectar or honey
1/4 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

Directions

Purée all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Mango Smoothie

Serves three.

Ingredients

1 cup mango flesh, frozen (from 2 medium mangoes)
half an orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of protein powder (not soy or whey-based ones, but rather egg, brown rice or hemp-based powders)
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Juice of 1/2 lime

Directions

In blender, combine mango, orange, yogurt, almond milk, protein powder and lime juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve right away.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Makes two servings.

Ingredients

1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of raspberries
6 frozen strawberries
1 medium banana
1 tablespoon of protein powder (skip the soy and whey-based ones, and instead opt for egg, brown rice or hemp-based powders)
1 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon of honey, agave nectar, xylitol or stevia

Directions

In blender, combine banana and berries. Add almond milk and the natural sweetener. Blend until creamy. Serve right away.

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