Smoothies are a great way to sneak in your fruits, vegetables, and many of the superfoods worthy of all the buzz. I frequently find myself throwing things in the Vitamix for lunch, a snack for the boys, or simply to satisfy a sweet craving. I am rounding up a few of the ones we keep on rotation, kid tested and mother approved. Enjoy!

A few tips for making smoothies:

  • Use homemade almond milk, if possible, for the best flavor
  • Freeze your bananas (if even just 30 minutes or an hour before)
  • If you like a sweeter smoothie, substitute recommended dates for a tablespoon of honey
  • Use organic ingredients, whenever possible
  • Stock your freezer with frozen fruit (you won't have to worry about your fruit going bad and you will always have some options on hand!)
  • To thicken a smoothie, you can always add a handful of ice
  • If your smoothie is too thick, try to thin with a little extra liquid. I like to add a few splashes of coconut water.

Blueberry Oat

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons quick cooking oats (I like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (I prefer the white chia seeds)
  • Combine above ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth, serve immediately.

Green Boost

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped
  • Handful of fresh spinach (with stems removed)
  • Handful of ice
  • Combine above ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth, serve immediately.

Orange Dream

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (I prefer pulp-free)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh chunked pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 pitted date, chopped
  • 3-4 baby carrots, chopped
  • Combine above ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth, serve immediately.

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