A substitute for breakfast or snack between meals, the smoothie is a consistent drink, rich in nutrients, which usually combines the benefits offered by several fruits and vegetables in the same glass. Try some of the best smoothie recipes suitable for any season.
Smoothie is a drink obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables, to which is sometimes added sweet milk or milk, with a creamy texture, usually made by using a blender. The contents can also include crushed ice, fruit syrups, protein powder, nuts, seeds, chocolate and various nutritional supplements. If you are tempted to introduce these nutritious and pleasant combinations in your diet, you can start with some simple recipes that we present below.
Strawberries, pineapples and bananas
A smoothie that makes you think of vacation, sun and beach, in any season you choose to consume it. It is nutritious and fragrant and easy to prepare. You need a cup full of chopped strawberries, half a cup of chopped pineapple, a banana, 2 cups of orange juice, half a cup of yogurt and a tablespoon of chia or flax seeds. For those who want to add an extra iron, the combination can be completed with a cup of spinach. Put all the ingredients in the blender and add the crushed ice to serve.
Cherries and almonds
If you like the sweet aroma of almonds, you will definitely appreciate them in this smoothie. Prepare with a cup and a half of frozen cherries, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of protein powder, a banana and crushed ice. You can also add coconut flakes, preferably unsweetened, and almond butter, which will intensify the flavor of the juice. To pass and mix the ingredients as well as possible, you need a blender. Cut the banana into small pieces to be easy to process.
For those who love chocolate, but would like to consume it in a healthier and more nutritious form, there is the option of including it in a delicious smoothie, such as this recipe. You need a cup of coconut milk for flavor, a tablespoon of protein powder to enrich the nutritional properties of the mixture, half a cup of blueberries, a cup of spinach, a banana for texture and a tablespoon of almond butter.
Put everything in a blender and pass until you get a fine and creamy composition you want. Don't forget to add a little crushed ice.
Mango and peach
If you think about how good and flavorful the two fruits are separately, you will easily realize that by mixing them you will get a smoothie that will delight your taste buds, suitable for moments of relaxation, when you have time to enjoy each the shade of taste.
To prepare it you need a cup of peaches cut into pieces and a cup of mango, a banana and a cup of orange juice. Bananas are easier to blend in the blender if they are frozen, so it's good to always have a few frozen ones on hand. Peel a squash, grate it and put it in individual bags in the freezer.
The aroma can be enriched by adding a quarter teaspoon of turmeric and ginger, and if you want to get a smoothie with a more significant nutritional intake, you can also complete the mixture with spinach or kale.
Although the green color is perhaps not the most attractive for a smoothie, mixtures of this type are very good in taste and rich in nutrients. For a beautiful and hydrated skin and more energy, you can for example combine spinach with cucumber and green apple.
For this recipe you need 2 coats of kale, 2 handfuls of young spinach leaves (to avoid the sticky stems you can use baby spinach), two cups of juice obtained from green apples, half cucumber, juice from half a lemon, a banana and a piece of ginger root, passed through a grater.
Mix the ingredients in a blender or juicer, and complete the smoothie with crushed ice.
Watermelon and basil
It is an ideal smoothie for hot summer days, light, fast and cool. Watermelon gives you a wealth of vitamins and minerals you need, being one of the best fruits for hot periods, when you do not feel like eating.
Preparing the smoothie requires a cup of diced melon core, stored in the refrigerator until use, cold coconut water and four large fresh basil leaves. The bird lasts very little. Because the mixture is already cold, ice is optional.
Pineapple with mint
Are you looking for a fragrant, exotic recipe, but simple to make? You will get along perfectly with this combination. Pineapple has an incredible taste and no additives, but together with the specific freshness and sweetness of mint, it will conquer you irretrievably.
You need half a well-baked, peeled and diced pineapple fruit, half a cup of fresh mint leaves, half a cup of cold water and three-quarters a cup of crushed ice. Add all the ingredients in a blender and pass until you get a fine and creamy composition. You can add extra water if necessary.
Orange and honey
You don't have a blender, but are you very good in the citrus juicer category? You can easily adapt to the kitchen with this orange-based smoothie. To prepare it, you must have four fresh and well-ripened oranges, a cup of almond milk, vanilla extract (the most important ingredient for flavor) and a teaspoon of honey (add to taste).
Smooth ice can't be missing from the smoothie. If you don't have a blender or food processor with this function, you can buy it in the directly crushed format or you can put it in a bag and then in a kitchen towel and hit it on the counter until you get pieces small enough for to be added in liquid.