Tropical mint smoothie
If the green color turns you off, just imagine it’s a tropical palm tree next to the ocean and all your worries will be washed away — especially when you think of all the fiber and potassium you’re racking up from the banana and kale.
We promise you won’t even taste the kale leaves, because the coconut water, pineapple, and mint give the smoothie a mojito kick that will have you wondering, “Is this really healthy?” The answer is yes.
Strawberries and banana are the most obvious smoothie ingredients, but this recipe takes them to the next level with the addition of sweet-as-candy goji berries and crispy coconut flakes.
Remember strawberry milk as a kid? Yeah, you’re welcome.
Orange you glad it’s not green
Leave the store-bought O.J. on the shelf and opt for the juicy oranges in the produce aisle instead. They’re not just fresher — they’re loaded with mega-doses of vitamin C, which have been linked to cancer prevention.
A minute in a blender will give you a healthier version of Orange Julius’s classic shake. If your blender is older than you are, buy two oranges and squeeze out the juice for a smoother, less pulpy consistency.
Who needs a beach bar in Hawaii when you can make this tropical drink in your own kitchen? Sure, we could probably all use a vacation right now, but this creamy pineapple mocktail will do in a pinch. (Shot of rum optional.)
Bonus: If you’re feeling under the weather, pineapple’s active anti-inflammatory compound, bromelain, may be therapeutic for sinusitis.
Peanut butter and jelly
Get creative with your daily spoonful by adding it to a smoothie. The tart raspberries give it that jelly-like taste, and when you add the PB, you’ll be transported right back to the middle-school lunch table.
Mint chocolate chip
Attention, ice cream lovers: This tastes like the real deal. Once you try this smoothie, good luck trying not to make it for dessert every night.
Using cacao nibs instead of powder gives it the crunch that’s a must in all mint chocolate ice creams. Plus, a generous sprinkle of nibs provides the fat you need to absorb the vitamins A and K in spinach.
Pro tip: Add the nibs after the smoothie is blended so you get the chocolate crunch in every sip.
Jolly green giant
Some say it’s ridic to combine chocolate and greens, but we think it’s wild how tasty the combo can be.
While chocolate covers kale’s bitter taste, you get to reap the benefits of the leafy greens’ antioxidant content.Trusted Source
And don’t pass up the cashew milk here. With its rich, buttery texture, it resembles the dairy kind more closely than any other dairy-free milk, in our opinion.
Move over, Cinnabon, there’s a new bun in town, and it doesn’t need an oven. Besides, this kind is made with whole-grain oats, packed with soluble fiber that can reduce the risk of heart disease.Trusted Source
While you might not get that amazing sweet smell rolling through your kitchen, the oats, cinnamon, and maple syrup will remind you of that pillowy airport treat.
Chocolate almond butter cup
If Reese’s PB cups were made with almond butter and dark chocolate (and you blended them with almond milk, banana, and dates), this is what it would taste like. Need we say more?
Green nut butter
A simple green smoothie base gets a major upgrade in the creaminess department with a scoop of almond butter and nutrient-packed chia seeds.
It’s safe to say that if you’re looking for a daily smoothie, this would get our vote.
Time to put your apple-picking gloves away and get out the blender.
When you can’t stop thinking about your grandma’s pie but also can’t be bothered with baking, throw these ingredients (the same ones you’d add to a real pie) into your machine and watch the magic happen. Just don’t tell Nana.