Smoothies made with organic, quality ingredients are easy to prepare. Armed with a blender and a little imagination, it’s easy to create your own drink out of the ingredient options here, or try the Blueberry Bliss recipe below.
Thick, fruity drinks made from (ideally) organic, local and fresh—or frozen—fruits blended together with filtered water, coconut water or milk, organic milk or other unsweetened alternative milks like almond, hemp or oat
Organic yogurt, avocado, or bananas blended with fresh or frozen fruit and a little water, milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk
Fresh fruit with dark, leafy greens and water or a little fresh juice
Ripe local fruit
Choose sweet-smelling, unbruised fruit; peaches and other stone fruit should yield slightly to the thumb.
In a pinch, choose from the organic frozen fruit at the supermarket; look for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, açai, mango, coconut meat or peaches.
Grab a small bunch of kale, chard, collard or spinach leaves and let the blender whirl away. You’ll get an extra shot of nutrients with a gorgeous, chlorophyll-green hue.
For an extra boost, try adding a scoop of organic raw cacao, goji berries, maca powder, a little extra virgin coconut oil, almond butter, spirulina, blue-green algae, bee pollen, aloe vera or hemp, flax or chia seeds. Half an avocado provides creaminess and extra potassium.
Thick or thin
Add more or less filtered water, coconut water, milk or yogurt to taste.
Ice is nice
Add ice cubes for a lighter, frosty treat.
Smoothie extra credit
Make popsicles from your smoothie creations. Learn more about healthy frozen treats and find a recipe for Strawberry-Watermelon Paletas here.
Take it to go
Freshly made smoothies are best, but can also be stored in the fridge for up to three days in a sealed container. Bring a smoothie in a travel mug for a healthy mid-morning snack or quick pick-me-up.
1 banana, peeled, broken into two pieces
½ c. organic blueberries
½ c. young coconut meat or ½ c. organic blackberries
2 ice cubes
1 tsp. maca powder
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
water or coconut water to thin
Combine all ingredients in blender. Process on high until smooth.
Image courtesy of Dale Gillard