Smoothies are all the rage! There are smoothies for kids, for seniors, for weight loss, and for good health in general.

There are fruity smoothies, green smoothies, and veggie smoothies. So there is a smoothie for everyone.

They are packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fiber, boost metabolism and curb appetite. All these good things are packed into an 8 - 12 oz drink that is easy to prepare and easy to drink.

All you need are the key ingredients and a blender. Many years ago, my sister-in-law introduced me to veganism, which included a green smoothie every morning. Sure enough, after just a few weeks of this dramatic change in my diet, I had shed 38 pounds and felt the best I had ever felt.

My blood sugars, blood pressure and triglycerides all went to normal. Today I will share with you several recipes for smoothies. If you need to lose a few pounds or improve other health issues, smoothies may be for you. Find one or more that you might like, and give it a try. You just might be amazed at the way you feel. And, of course, enjoy!

To build your own smoothie: Pick your fruits (apples, bananas, berries, oranges, pears, pineapple, cherries, grapes, melon of any kind)

Kick up the nutrition with raw greens such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, avocado, carrots, celery, cucumber, or any other veggie that you like.

Add a base such as low fat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, low-fat yogurt, water, or 100% fruit juice

Optional throw-ins such as peanut butter, flax or chia seeds, honey, cinnamon, oatmeal or nuts, almond butter, or cashew butter

Now you are ready to make your smoothie!

Blackberry or blueberry smoothie:

1/2cup 2% milk

3/4 cup blackberries or blueberries or strawberries

2TBSP peanut butter

1 scoop low carb high protein powder

2 cups ice cubes

Pack everything into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Green Smoothie:

1/2 avocado

1 cup raw spinach

1 cup raw kale

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 cup 2% milk or almond milk

5 -56 mint leaves

Pack into blender and blend until smooth.

Day at the Beach smoothie:

3/4 cup pineapple (fresh or canned chunks)

1 mango, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

2 bananas, cut into pieces

2 TBSP cashew butter

Blend until smooth.

Chocolate and Banana smoothie:

1 cup raw spinach

1 banana in slices

1 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 TBSP cocoa powder

3 TBSP chia seeds

Blend until smooth.

* If using frozen fruits, you may eliminate the ice cubes in a recipe.

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