Maca powder, which has so many notable health benefits, has a caramel-y flavor that blends well into smoothies of all sorts. Here, it teams well banana and vanilla flavors. If you’re new to maca, use the lesser quantity; if you’ve been using it, allow for 2 teaspoons per serving. Photos by Ollzha.
I haven’t been on a bender since well before I had kids. But sometimes I’ll get “over served” at an event, or a new cocktail might leave me a bit more bleary-eyed than I’d like. That’s when I turn to this refreshing concoction. The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach. Recipe contributed from Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family* ©2014 by Frances Largeman-Roth. more→
I tried a few different variations until I realized that, unless the melon is frozen, the texture is more of a slushy than a smoothie. But, to be sure, it is a very delicious slushy! The cool thing is that the pineapple and the watermelon combined are sweet enough so no extra sweetness is needed. The watermelon flavor is so pronounced and pure that it fuels my determination to never stoop to eating any “watermelon-flavored” creations again! Recipe contributed by Carrie Forrest, from Carrie on Vegan. more→
This smoothie brings back happy memories of eating gobs of pistachio ice cream with my cousins at Jones Beach. Pistachio was always one of my favorite flavors. The texture is smooth and thick like an old-fashioned milk shake. Pistachios contain large amounts of antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein compared to other nuts. They are also lower in calories than other nuts and are loaded with flavor and healthy fats. Contributed by Helyn Dunn, from Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen.
Off-season, you can use frozen berries, though this refreshing drink is best with fresh berries in season. A bit of carbonation gives this drink a nice sparkle.
This is the most wonderful fruit smoothie, sweet and delectable. The more powerful your blender, the smoother and better this will be. If you really love smoothies, you may find it worth investing in a good-quality, high-speed machine. From The New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot (Sterling Publishing, 2010). more→
Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits available, making this a supercharged smoothie to start a summer day, or to enjoy as a midday refreshment. more→
This refreshing liquid refresher (a kind of a cross between a smoothie and a juice) of watermelon and strawberries — is excerpted from The Smoothies Bible* by Pat Crocker. Reprinted by permission. © 2010, Robert Rose, Inc. more→