Smoothie Week – Some Smoothie Recipes

For health reasons, this week I’m unable to eat solid foods. This is a bit of a problem because, well… I love to eat. Especially crunchy or spicy foods…

So this week, a liquid diet is on the menu. I didn’t want to go a week without posting recipes, so I figured I’d write out some smoothie mixtures that will satisfy my tastes along with providing some protein and other nutrients that I need. Each smoothie can have the addition of something such as protein, fiber or ground flaxseed, it just depends on what is lacking and still necessary for that day. Supplements can even be omitted entirely if not needed. If you drink regular milk, you can also use this in place of the almond milk that I’ve written in each recipe.

I get bored of adding just orange juice or apple juice to my smoothies. One brand of fruit juice that I really love to use with these smoothies is the “Sun-Rype Fruit Plus Veggies”. They have a large assortment of flavours, and each juice can add a different taste to your smoothies.

Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts, I’ll keep all of the smoothies to this one post. (However, I will list them separately on the Recipe Index.)

Each smoothie recipe makes 1 medium – large smoothie. The method for each smoothie is to simply toss all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth! Enjoy! 🙂

Here’s a nice coffee and chocolate smoothie that I love to have when I’m starting my day:

Café Mocha Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

This smoothie is probably one of my favourites, because it tastes like a peanut butter cup. It definitely satisfies that sweet tooth, while being considerably more healthy:

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp smooth 100% natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chocolate chips

This smoothie is nice and light, and the melon really helps to make the pineapple less tangy:

Melon Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen melon of your choice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

This one is almost like a creamsicle 🙂 :

Orange Banana Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt or vanilla frozen yogurt

I like to consider this one a dessert… It tastes just like a chocolate covered strawberry:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

This one has a surprisingly pleasant flavour. Dates are really sweet, and have such a nice after taste. You may need to add a little bit more almond milk if the smoothie is too thick though:

Vanilla Date Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pitted and chopped dates (I like Medjool dates best)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
  • optional: 1 banana

This one is pretty tangy, and has such a fresh taste:

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup orange sherbert
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

Similar to the chocolate dipped strawberry smoothie, I consider this one a dessert. It’s so creamy and rich:

Chocolate Covered Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

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I was going to include 3 “green smoothie” recipes below… However, after attempting to drink the “lettuce berry” flavour, I’ve decided that I don’t really like the taste of greens in my fruit smoothies. If you would like to try them, do so at your own risk… 😉 I’ll keep them posted below, but they are crossed out. If you try them, and don’t like them, remember: you were warned! 😉

Here are a few green smoothie recipes. They have interesting tastes to them. The greens in the smoothie provide a lot of extra fiber, and it’s a change from the all fruit smoothies. They may not quite come out green in colour, but that’s okay! 🙂 Note: I’m not 100% sure how I feel about these ones yet, as I don’t really like vegetables in my smoothies. Vegetable-fruit blended juices I can drink, but I’m still testing the waters with these ones… Feel free to give these a try if you like!

Lettuce Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup melon
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice of your choice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

Carrot Apple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup fruit juice
  • 2 tbsp vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)

Celery Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp protein powder, or 1 tsp Benefiber (or any other supplement you may want to use)
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