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Coconut Mint Chip Shake

Mint Chip Milkshake by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

I was a huge fan of milkshakes growing up. (Who wasn’t?) My all-time favorite ice cream flavor has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favorite as well. I thought of combining these two delicious childhood favorites into one leaner, greener dairy-free drink. No artificial color here—the beautiful green color of this Coconut Mint Chip Shake comes from healthy baby spinach! This milkshake’s flavor has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your shake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a bittersweet flavor. Recipe makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings.

Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.  

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Ginger, Pear, and Spinach Shake

Pears on a plate

This Ginger, Pear, and Spinach Shake recipe is sweet with a surprising kick (and lots of nutrients!) to help you power up for the day. You can substitute 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice for some of the water in the recipe or throw in a handful of cashews for more texture and protein. Try chilling this ginger-pear shake in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving if you want a more cooling effect. Contributed by Alexandra Jamieson, from Vegan Cooking for Dummies.* Continue Reading…

Green Smoothie Bowl

With this green smoothie bowl recipe you will find the perfect balance between a healthy breakfast that keeps you from snacking between meals and a delicious breakfast that is absolutely tasty!

 The idea of a green smoothie bowl is to mix together a variety of greens and super foods to boost the nutrition of the smoothie. The green smoothie allows you to get a head start on your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Because the consistency is so thick, you can eat it with a spoon. Don’t forget to sprinkle all sorts of ingredients on top, to vary the textures and flavors!

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 handful of young spinach leaves
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of cashew puree
  • ¼ cup of rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Preparation

  1. The day before, peel the banana, cut it, and place it in the freezer.
  2. The next day, peel the avocado and cut the flesh into pieces. Rinse the spinach leaves.
  3. Place the banana, avocado, spinach leaves, lime juice, cashews, and rice milk in the blender jar.
  4. Blend the preparation until it is homogeneous.
  5. Serve the banana and avocado mixture in a bowl and sprinkle with hemp seeds, blueberries, and strawberries.

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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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. 

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Yellow Pear and Spinach Smoothie

Pear and spinach smoothie from Love and Lentils

I used forelle pears for this smoothie, as they are cute and adorable and bite-size. Okay fine, not only because of that, also they are quite sweet and have a bit of a cinnamon spice flavor (making them perfect for kid-friendly snacks or smoothies). This variety is only available from about September until December, so use another kind of nicely ripe yellow pear at other times or if unavailable. I call this smoothie my winter blend; because of the pear variety and also because it’s not a freezing cold drink. If you want to make it colder, go ahead and add a few ice cubes. This makes 1 large or 2 moderate smoothies. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
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Spinach Apple Smoothie

Spinach and apple smoothie recipe

This refreshing green spinach apple smoothie is among my favorites — and you’ll love it too if you prefer smoothies that are juicy than thick. Cucumber helps with that, too. This makes two 12-ounce or three 8-ounce servings. If you like this, you may enjoy learning about the top 10 benefits of green smoothies, as well as these other delicious and simple smoothie recipes:

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Mint Chip Smoothie

mintchipsmoothieTucked beneath a very convincing ice cream-like flavor, a wealth of beneficial spinach awaits you in this smoothie. It’s so good it almost makes a person wonder why spinach isn’t used in all minty treats. I love how the cacao nibs provide a bit of dark-chocolate crunch without being overpowering. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies* © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris.


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Green Velvet Smoothie

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

Kale, banana, and avocado join forces in this creamy, filling smoothie. Hemp seeds are optional, but they’re one of the best, most concentrated sources of Omega 3s—better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. They make a great addition to this creamy smoothie. Look for both hempseeds and hemp milk at most any natural foods market. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. Continue Reading…

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