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Green Smoothies That Don’t Taste Green at All

Fresh green smoothie outdoors

There’s nothing quite like the invigorating color of bright green smoothies. Just looking at the deep chlorophyll green makes you feel healthy. But looking at it reminds you of the taste of spinach or what you would imagine grass to taste like.

Actually, a brilliant green smoothie can taste amazing. Added flavors like spices, berries and tropical fruits can make a green smoothie taste divine. So below are several types of green smoothies that don’t taste green. more→

Pomegranate, Berry & Avocado Smoothie

Pomegranate smoothie

January is spring cleaning time for the body. Getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is highly recommended because they bring with them many health benefits. An easy way to consume lots of different plant-based foods in one sitting is to make smoothies. They take very little time to prepare and taste absolutely delicious. more→

The One Tonic: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Rooibos Tea & ACV

Ginger-lemon, rooibos, and turmeric tonic

Here on VegKitchen, reader come in droves for our posts on ginger-lemon tea, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar. These teas, infusions, and tonics are awesome in and of themselves, and if you’re anything like me, you want all of them as part of your regimen!

But how many beverages can a person squeeze into one day added to all the plain water we’re supposed to drink? My solution was to invent the “one tonic,” which combines all of these amazing ingredients in one bracing beverage. And this combo of ginger, lemon, turmeric, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar is indeed bracing! If you like these flavors separately, you’ll love them together. more→

Apple Cider “Ginger Ale”

Apple Cider beverage

This bracing apple cider ginger ale beverage has lots of good things in it — ginger, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. This just might become your go-to tonic! You can drink it straight, without the seltzer, if you don’t want the fizz. And you can warm it gently (don’t boil) if you want to drink it hot. Make sure to see the variations below the recipe box.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Peanut and jelly smoothie

Based on the famous PB&J sandwich and full of nutrition, this berry smoothie is antioxidant rich. And peanut butter gives you protein and fiber as well as well as vitamin E, B6 and magnesium. Recipe and photo from How to Be a Smoothie Criminal by James McLoughlin, published by Green Press. Reprinted by permission. Subscribe to Green Press and get this pdf e-book at no cost! more→

4 Vegan Coffee Smoothies for Summer Refreshment

Coffee and Banana Smoothie

A great cup of coffee is the best way to begin your day. However, some people would prefer a smoothie for their breakfast. What if you could combine the two in one delicious blend? The caffeine in your java will get you started,and the energy packed into fresh fruits that will keep you moving. If you’re on a plant-based diet, you’ll love these five coffee vegan smoothies. Try them all this summer! Recipes contributed by Gimoka.

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Create Your Own Seasonal Smoothies

green and fruit smoothies

Smoothies are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They’re a concentrated source of nutrients, and a great way to start the day, if your appetite is sluggish in the morning. They’re also a easy route to getting a few servings of fruit in each day for those who don’t think to do so otherwise. And they provide yet another way to entice kids and teens who are picky eaters. And of course, as an after-work or after work-out pick me up, few things are more refreshing.  more→

Citrus Bang Smoothie

Citrus Bang kale smoothie

Simple Green Smoothies is issuing a deliciously healthful challenge: Do you think you can drink one green smoothie a day for 30 days? If so, your body will thank you. Join the challenge by going over to Simple Green Smoothies; sign up and get weekly emails with shopping lists, recipes, and tips. They’ll prove that green smoothies are super fast to make and also taste amazing. Here’s a sample — a kale smoothie that features hydrating coconut water, cucumber, and pineapple. The “bang” part comes from orange and lemon. Recipe and photo contributed by Simple Green Smoothies. more→

Watermelon “Pizza”

Watermelon "Pizza"

This is the best (and healthiest) “pizza” ever! Kids love making this fun recipe, and you may just find that you do too. Although the recipe calls for specific amounts and ingredients that go nicely together, the truth is it’s highly flexible, and you can easily omit, swap, or add your kids’ favorite fruits and ingredients. Or just put all the ingredients on the table to create a “pizza factory,” and let the kids assemble their own pizza—a wonderful way to get children excited about vibrantly healthy food. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Snacks © 2015 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photos by Oliver Barth. more→

5 Spinach Smoothies That Will Give You More Energy Than Coffee

Green detox smoothie cup and woman lacing running shoes before workout on rainy day. Fitness and healthy lifestyle concept.

Spinach smoothies never get boring, and they come in many delicious varieties. Why spinach? It’s a great plant-based source of iron and has more potassium than a banana (which is especially good for building muscles mass). It’s also a great source of vitamins K, A, and C and even has a few varieties of vitamin B. All this to say that spinach can act like a powerhouse of nutrition and energy, making smoothies beneficial when added to your regular diet. 

Here is a roundup of our favorite green smoothies that are easy to whip up in a few minutes. more→

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Bowls of nondairy yogurt, dried and fresh fruit, and granola can be a quick light lunch or nutritious snack. It’s great for kids — especially young children who balk at dishes in which ingredients are “touching.” But if they decide for themselves what’s touching what, they don’t seem to mind a mixed dish. When my kids were young and had friends over, they created patterns in their yogurt with the other items, and often asked for seconds. This is great for adults, too. Why let kids have all the fun? Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Vegan Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Did somebody say cinnamon bun? Yum! Smooth, sweet, nutty and filling, this smoothie will top off your potassium levels and provide slow-releasing energy to keep hunger at bay for longer. Cinnamon is also surprisingly beneficial. It helps regulate blood sugar and improves heart health and cognitive function. Recipe and photos contributed by Ella Magers, from The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan, reprinted by permission. more→

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