If you’ve been following my smoothie posts over the last year, you may have realized that I’m not a fan of the typical green smoothie. Don’t get me wrong — I adore dark leafy greens but prefer them enjoyed in savory ways, not blended with sweet fruits and ice.
As winter approaches us in North America, citrus fruits like mandarins, clementines and oranges of all varieties are just about coming into their full season. And it may be no mistake, as the extra vitamin C these delicious fruits pack in their bright, fresh flavor is just what we need to help get us through the cold season.
Concord grapes may not what you might normally think of as a smoothie ingredient. But their musky, fruity and tart flavor pairs surprisingly well with the creamy texture of blended cashews and frozen bananas. Sweet and festive thanks to the rich purple color, this smoothie is perfect to serve as a healthy dessert or afternoon treat.
Over the years, Jamba Juice has expanded its menu to include a variety of drinks, breakfast wraps, fro-yo, baked goods and even kids’ options. With so much to choose from, it can make anyone’s head spin. But here’s how to give this blender bar a whirl.
When the weather cools, it’s nice to have a seasonally inspired smoothie that’s not cold or frozen. Instead of being blended with lots of ice, this pear and almond milk smoothie is thickened with flaxseed. Soaking the seeds creates a thick gel that not only adds body and a pleasantly nutty flavor to smoothies but, once blended, adds a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Maca root powder, which you can find at health-food stores, gives the smoothie a slightly malt-like flavor.
It’s as simple as placing your ingredients in a blender and pushing a button. The only caveat is to watch portions so you don’t go overboard on calories.
- Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothies
- Peach Pie Smoothie
- Honeydew Smoothie (above)
- Green Morning Smoothie
- Tropical Smoothie
To celebrate National Hot Tea Month we thought we’d highlight some of the more unique things you can do with brewed tea. Steep a pot of green tea and save the leftovers for this amazing smoothie. Perfect for breakfast or post-workout, tea perks up this refreshing smoothie, adding flavor and antioxidants for virtually no additional calories.
We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter .
Between work, exercise and a busy social life, sometimes I find it difficult to prepare myself meals during the week. It’s time consuming and after a long day in meetings the last thing I want to do is cook a meal for myself. It’s usually easier to heat up a frozen meal or to stop and grab a sandwich on my way home. So what’s the problem with this? Well I’m spending money that could be saved and I’m also not 100% sure of what additives or hidden calories are in my food. Okay and I’ll admit: I’m a firm believer that cooking at home is a creative energy that should be explored by all.
Portable smoothie packs from HAPPYFAMILY make for easy snacking, a filling breakfast on-the-go or even a pre-workout boost of energy. With unique flavors like PomApplePeach, Super Banana and Yumberry, your taste-buds won’t be disappointed.
Packed full of protein, omega 3s and superfruits like salba, you’ll nourish your body without even trying. This “Healthy Snack Pack” from HAPPYFAMILY consists of 16 pouches of HAPPYMORNING and HAPPYSQUEEZE in a variety of flavors like Super Cinnamon and Orange-Pumpkin.
You can buy your own HAPPYSQUEEZE and HAPPYMORNING products or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite smoothie flavor. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. EST.
We’re giving away one HAPPYFAMILY Healthy Snack Pack to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.
You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on December 14 and 5 p.m. EST on December 16. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $28. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.
So tell us, what’s your favorite smoothie flavor?