We all crave sunshine at this time of the year. This recipe provides lots of sunshine in a glass. This spicy-sweet smoothie recipe is layered with dynamic flavors, a blend of tastes bordering between a Pina Colada and a turmeric-ginger juice. Ginger adds a delightful tanginess to this smoothie. Quite surprisingly (for me), ginger has become one of my favorite ingredients in smoothies lately. (If you asked me last year, I never used ginger in any of my recipes, and I would even tell you that I didn’t care for it.) It really makes this smoothie different from anything you ever tried and provides a super-dose of anti-inflammatory properties and a circulation-boosting buzz just when you need it. Coconut water adds electrolytes for an extra punch of hydration and a hint of sweetness.Read More
This mango lassi drink is absolutely delightful – smooth, creamy, sweet, with a hint of tartness. Guaranteed to make you happy.
Silky, ripe mangoes and a combination of creamy milk (please use vegan milk) are the keys to getting the decadent texture of this drink just right. You can use any non-dairy milk in this recipe, or you can use raw cashews to make it into a delicious vegan mango lassi sensation.
Mango is actually a good substitute of bananas in smoothies. It’s just as sweet and creamy and many people actually much prefer the taste of it to bananas.
Blend, sip, and smile!
Greens — mustard, collard, chard, spinach, kale, bok choy, dandelion, parsley, and turnip and beet leaves — are true superfoods. They deliver a bonanza of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are loaded with calcium, essential for strong bones and healthy. They provide stress-fighting B vitamins and help our eyes with vitamin A. They even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats. But when was the last time you had a bunch of kale?
The fact is kale (and other greens) is often neglected when it comes choosing your ingredients. It’s certainly not most people’s first choice when it comes to preparing salads or vegetable side-dishes.
Especially in winter, when there are fewer in-season vegetable choices — kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather are a great addition to the menu.Read More
Cherries have some amazing health properties and taste great in smoothies. Since they are not available year-round, I often buy them frozen and use in different variations of this cherry smoothie recipe.
By many, they are considered a “super-fruit”, packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. They are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber, and an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.
I didn’t add any greens to the smoothie initially, because I just came back from a trip and didn’t have any fresh greens on hand. After I tried it (and took the picture), I added 2 cups kale. The cherry and pomegranate flavors blended with banana were sufficient enough to mask the greens, but you may have it without the greens, for a change, too.Read More
The majority of the research seems to be pointing in the direction of cinnamon being beneficial for people with diabetes. Along with the improvement in blood sugar, studies have documented improvements in triglycerides, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol.
Although you can certainly buy cinnamon capsules, a much better way to enjoy the health benefits of cinnamon nutrition, is to add cinnamon to your smoothies and other dishes. Cinnamon adds a wonderful flavor to green smoothies. It goes especially well with smoothies using apples, pears, citrus (oranges, tangerines), and bananas. Cinnamon can be used on its own or with other spices like nutmeg, clove, ginger and all spice.
Cinnamon combines best used with mild, less-bitter greens like romaine, leaf lettuce, baby spinach, and celery tops. I would caution against using it with bitter greens like kale and dandelion, or with flavorful berries.
The optimum dose is between 1-3 grams a day. 1 gram is around 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, about the amount you would use in a single-serving smoothie.Read More
This delightful pumpkin smoothie recipe is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without the unhealthy fats and excess calories.
This thick and creamy smoothie makes a delicious and filling liquid breakfast, snack or dessert. By the way, this recipe works beautifully with a squash puree too.Read More
If you are like most people, you may be thinking of parsley just as garnish.
You know, that green stuff that is used to decorate food platters that everyone carefully separates from the real food and tosses to the side.
It’s a shame, because parsley has amazing health benefits, adding a powerful dose of vitamins and minerals to a green smoothie.
What’s so special about parsley? Parsley is finally being recognized as a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. Recently it has been recognized as a superb addition to any green smoothie.
Whenever I feel I’m falling into the rut with my green smoothie routine, I love to add some new ingredients to create new taste combinations and boost nutrition.
This time, I decided to go for some ginger, which I don’t use very often in my kitchen. Health benefits of ginger cannot be overstated, including a multitude of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. Plus you get that distinct peppery-sweet taste, which combines very well with fruits and greens..
Once blended with some greens, frozen fruits, and bananas, you’ll be rocking one healthy ginger smoothie!Read More
I usually don’t add starchy vegetables, such as carrots, to my smoothies. And I rarely make smoothies that don’t contain any greens (green smoothies are my favorites!).
This carrot-ginger smoothie recipe is one of the few exceptions, and it’s delicious!
It combines carrots and oranges – for beautiful, bright orange color (a nice change from the green-colored smoothies), with apple and ginger – for tangy flavor.Read More