If you aren’t a smoothie addict already, you will be after you try these recipes. And if you’re already harboring a serious smoothie habit? There are just two words for you: You’re welcome.
Matcha Green Tea Frappe
Matcha green tea is loaded with antioxidants and metabolism-boosting catchetins, which encourage muscles to burn fat and fight off free radicals that damage cells. Blended with home-made almond milk, this frappe is a perfect for when you need an afternoon pick-me-up. Makes two smoothies.
Soak ½ cup raw almonds in filtered water for eight hours. Drain almonds and rinse, then blend with 2 cups coconut water at high speed until smooth. Strain through a nut milk bag or mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. Rinse blender, and add almond milk, 2-3 teaspoons matcha green tea powder; 1 tablespoon agave nectar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar; 1 packet stevia powder (optional); 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Add a handful of ice and blend again until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
Electrolyte Green Goddess Blender Tonic
The electrolytes and skin-brightening nutrients in this drink help keep you looking fresh-faced. Don’t be intimidated by the shake’s green color; it’s surprisingly light and tasty. Makes two smoothies.
Blend 1 lemon, peeled and cut into quarters, seeds removed; 3 leaves romaine lettuce, shredded; 1 stalk celery, chopped; ½ cucumber, chopped; ½ pear, cored and chopped; a handful of parsley, chopped; 2 teaspoons ginger, chopped; and a pinch of sea salt. If using a low-speed blender, process in two batches for a smoother texture. Add enough filtered water to fill half of the blender, and process until smooth.
Greens and Omega Skin Food Smoothie
This creamy smoothie is packed with skin-beautifying omega-3, antioxidant vitamins A and E, fortifying B-complex vitamins, and potassium. Makes two smoothies.
Blend ½ avocado, 1 tablespoon chia seeds; 2 teaspoons flax oil; 2 teaspoons chlorella powder or equivalent amount of tablets; 2 leaves kale, roughly chopped; 1 cup fresh or frozen berries; and 1 ½ cups coconut water or filtered water. Add a handful of ice and continue blending until smooth.
Peach Rooibos Probiotic Smoothie
Rooibos is a superstar among teas for its high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. This smoothie will increase your endurance and hydrate cells, thanks to the probiotics, peaches, and bananas it contains. Makes two smoothies.
Steep 2 roobois tea bags in 2 cups hot water for five minutes, then add a few ice cubes to cool tea. Blend with 2 cups fresh or frozen peaches, 1 frozen banana, and 2 capsules probiotics until smooth, adding water as necessary.
Kombucha Mega C Smoothie
Get your daily dose of immune system-boosting vitamin C with this tasty blend of acai, strawberries, and parsley, plus probiotic-rich kombucha for healthy intestines. Adding almonds gives you energy-producing riboflavin and the amino acid tryptophan, which has shown to curb carb cravings. The nuts will also help increase the production of the happiness-boosting chemical serotonin in the brain. Makes two smoothies.
Blend 1 container frozen acai berry puree (3.5 oz); 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries; ¼ cup parsley, chopped; ¼ cup almonds; 1 banana; 1 16 oz bottle kombucha tea until smooth.