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July 31, 2018

Want to get that glow from the inside out? Add a smoothie or shake to your daily routine! I like to buy discounted overripe bananas at the grocery store and freeze them, then add other frozen fruit so I don’t need to add ice to my smoothies when blending (which is why many of the recipes below mention frozen fruits). Fresh fruit works too!

I add protein powder to most of my smoothies to help balance my diet, but you can leave it out if you prefer. You’ll also need to add some kind of liquid to your smoothie when blending: I often use almond milk because I am slightly lactose intolerant, and it’s better for you!

The amount of liquid to add will vary depending on whether you’re using ice/frozen fruit, the quantity of fruit, and whether or not you’re using protein powder – start by adding just enough to make your ingredients blend-able, then gradually add more until you reach your desired texture.

Banana Strawberry Tropical Twist (my go-to!)

  • Frozen banana
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Chocolate almond milk
  • Protein powder

Bananas are high in fiber and potassium, strawberries and pineapple are packed with Vitamin C, and chocolate is delicious.

Honey-Kissed Strawberry Kiwi

  • Frozen banana
  • Apple juice
  • Kiwi
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Honey (to taste)

The tartness of the strawberry and kiwi offsets the sweetness of the banana and apple juice, but make sure to taste it before adding too much honey or your smoothie will end up being more of a dessert!

Creamy Tropical Banana Berry

  • Frozen banana
  • Pineapple
  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Almond milk

Berries are full of powerful antioxidants, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, while pineapple is rich in manganese (which stimulates collagen production!).

All Berries, All The Time

  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen blackberries
  • Honey (to taste)
  • Almond milk

If you like berries, you’ll LOVE this smoothie! Some berries (like raspberries and blackberries) can be a bit more tart than others, so make sure to taste your smoothie before adding honey.

Coconut Pineapple Papaya Powerhouse

  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Fat-free plain yogurt
  • Coconut extract

Ground flax is rich in protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids and the yogurt adds probiotics that promote digestive health. Choosing plain yogurt over flavoured/sweetened keeps this smoothie’s sugars in check (papaya is very sweet).

Gingery Summer Peach

  • Frozen peaches
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Almond milk
  • Powdered ginger
  • Protein powder

Strawberries and peaches together make me think of beautiful summer days! Peaches are packed with antioxidant vitamins and minerals while ginger helps reduce inflammation and can provide some relief if you are experiencing nausea or digestive issues. Powdered ginger has a very strong flavour – start with a small amount and add more if desired.


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