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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→

Apple-Cranberry Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie

“Easy as pie” surely does fit this 6-ingredient vegan pie — a luscious combination of apples and cranberries, perfect for fall. If you love the tart burst of healthy fresh cranberries, you’re sure to love this pie. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Fresh Chunky Applesauce Cake

Fresh Chunky Applesauce Cake

Your own homemade chunky applesauce is the key to this flavorful cake. That way, the cake is just as much (if not more) about the fruit than the batter. It’s a healthy cake to snack on and to add to portable lunches, as well as to serve to fall and winter company. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Dairy-Free Mango Lassi

Dairy-Free Mango Lassi

Mango lassi is a simple and tasty beverage from Indian cuisine that’s usually made with yogurt and/or milk. Substitute coconut yogurt and your favorite non-dairy milk and you’ve got a fantastic non-dairy version. Lush, ripe seasonal mango is best for this, but canned mango works as well. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→

Rosemary Melonade

Rosemary Watermelon smoothie by Tess Masters

This exotic blend sips like a fancy cocktail, but skips the hefty bar tab. Melon is hydrating, and rich in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory lycopenes, while rosemary contributes awesome flavor and antibacterial backup. The combination makes this your secret immunity agent! Throw in the jalapeño for an added cleanse and kick. Reprinted with permission, from The Blender Girl Smoothies* © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters.  Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

Chai Tai Smoothie

Chai Tai Smoothie by Tess Masters

If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices in this banana- and date-based smoothie will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s. Reprinted with permission, from The Blender Girl Smoothies © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

Rustic Strawberry Tart

Vegan Rustic Strawberry Tart

As with all desserts that spotlight fresh fruit, the season’s best berries make this tart shine. This dessert was inspired by a large basket of spring strawberries from Fall Creek Farm in Granbury, Texas, where Cullen and Ashley Crisp’s mantras are “the smaller, the sweeter” and “the redder, the better.” If you’re purchasing the grocery-store variety, pony up for organic—it’s worth it. Reprinted with permission from Meatless in Cowtown: A Vegetarian Guide to Food and Wine, Texas Style © 2015 by Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Jason Varney. more→

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