If you are on a health kick, or just enjoy fruity drinks, you will love these raw vegan smoothie recipes. They are so easy to make, and I find them perfect for those days when you do not have the time for your 5-a-day. You will get them all in one of these vitamin bombs.
#1 Cucumber Pear Smoothie
Cucumber in a smoothie? Why not. It brings an amazing refreshing flavor. Plus, is there a better way to start your day than with a healthy breakfast. For 2 servings of this delicious and energizing smoothie, you will need:
- 1/2 medium cucumber
- 1 medium pear
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia
- 6 – 7 ice cubes
Peel the cucumber and core the pear. Chop them and combine with all other ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve with a slice of cucumber on the glass brim and enjoy summer in every sip.
#2 Detox Apple-Ginger Smoothie
A really simple recipe. Besides, if you are like me, you always have some apples sitting around the kitchen. You’ll LOVE the combination of apples and ginger, and arugula adds an extra sparkle:
- 2 green apples
- fresh ginger
- 1 lime, juiced
- a handful of wild arugula
- a few tablespoon water or 4 ice cubes
Blend them all together until smooth. Sip and enjoy!
#3 Tropical Chocolate Smoothie
Take 5 minutes to make this health-elevating meal that your whole family will love. You will need:
- 1 cup organic raw coconut water
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 kent mango or 1-2 ataulfo mangoes
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Blend on high for about 30 seconds, pour in a glass and garnish with raw vegan chocolate chips.
#4 Beet-Raspberry-Strawberry Smoothie
Other excellent way to sneak veggies into your smoothies. The gorgeous fuchsia color tells you that these drinkies are packed with anti-oxidants. Cacao nibs add flavonoids, while hemp seeds provide proteins and essential fatty acids. When preparing this recipe, I first like to blend the seeds and beet in a blender before mixing everything up in my Kenwood Smoothie 2Go. Here are the ingredients:
- 1-1/2 cups milk of your choice (unsweetened soy milk is a good choice)
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoon maca powder
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoon buckwheat
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 large beet
- 2 handfuls raspberries
- 3-4 handfuls strawberries
Scrub the beet, cut it in chunks and put it into the blender. Add seeds and blend on high until smooth. (Switch to smoothies maker or not). Add berries to the blender, followed by all other ingredients. Continue blending.
#5 Stoplight Mango Smoothie
This layered multi-colored smoothie makes a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert. Here is what you will need:
- 1.25 cups frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup water / almond milk (or use half-half)
- a sweetener of your choice (e.g. frozen banana, honey, stevia, or agave)
Place mango into a smoothie maker with milk and/or water and blend until smooth. If it is too thin, add more mango. Pour 2/3 of the smoothie into a tall glass, and then add strawberries to the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour half of the smoothie into the glass on top of the mango layer. Make sure you pour it slowly, so the layers do not blend. Finally, add spinach to the blender, blend until smooth, and pour into the glass. You should have three distinct layers.
About the Author:
Derek Lotts strives to find a healthy way of living. In his pursuit, he has gained the knowledge he is eager to share. You can follow him on Twitter.
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