Smoothies

This is not a food group but it should be! So delicious and nutritious, I could not live without these guys. Even when I am cold in the winter I can't resist hahaha and in the summer they are so refreshing! The endless possibilities makes them so fun. Because they are quick and easy to make, they are perfect for when you are on the go and need to jam pack your nutrients into one quick, liquid-y cup of deliciousness. The key to a great smoothie is not to over-do the ingredients and RIPE FROZEN BANANAS* :)

Vitaminka Smoothie

 

So packed with vitamins this smoothie is a mega booster for all of your bodily systems and delicious too! This recipe is adapted from the Heartbeat smoothie from Rawlicious raw vegan eatery - check them out!

The juice amounts are at your direction, depending on how thick you want the consistency of your smoothie -or how good your blender is :P- Blend and enjoy

P.s  smoothies are best enjoyed immediately but you can still store this one overnight- it will however get much thicker in the fridge. 

You'll need
  • ~1/4 cup beet juice

  • ~1/4 cup carrot juice

  • small handful of frozen mango chunks

  • 3-4 frozen strawberries

  • couple leaves of washed kale (spine removed)

  • 1/2-1 TSP spirulina powder

  • 1 peeled orange

PP.S: If this smoothie is too green for you, simply omit the spirulina and kale for a fruitier blend: 

Protein Dream

 

This is probably the simplest smoothie that I make: The four ingredients make it easy but are deceiving because the protein mix consists of an impressively massive list of all the superfoods & powders you could ever dream of adding to a smoothie. Because the mix is sweet your banana does not have to be as ripe as the one for the superfood smoothie but should not be unripe either. 

You'll need
  • almond milk

  • small handful of frozen blueberries

  • 1 TBSP GoodStuff  Chocolate Chaga smoothie mix

  • 1 large ripe frozen banana

There are so many possibilities with this mix such as swapping the blueberries for strawberries, peanut butter or just omitting them. Because the protein powder is already mix of so many different things it is best paired with a simple smoothie. 

Blue Matcha

 

This smoothie is adapted from the drink Mind Over Matcha at Booster juice. It was an obsession of mine at one point, until I realized I could make it myself without all those added sugars! Matcha is such a wonderful addition to just about anything sweet. It's unique cooling flavour causes smoothies to be that much more refreshing. Because it is a potent ingredient its best in smoothies when the matcha is the main ingredient (see Mucho Matcha). 

To make the best version of this smoothie make sure your banana is very ripe and very frozen- If it is ripe enough you won't need to add any additional sweetener. If you cheap out on the matcha powder you will pay in lack of flavour and health benefits. 

You'll need
  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/8 cup (heaping) frozen blueberries

  • 1 TBSP quality matcha powder

  • 1-1.5 large ripe frozen banana

  • 1 TBSP maple syrup (optional)*

  • 1/4 TSP vanilla extract

Dairy Berry

 

This is the perfect smoothie for when you are feeling like something fruity but are also craving the delicious sour creaminess of natural yogurt. Home-made yogurt & even more so kefir, are great for your digestion. 

You'll need

There are two versions of this smoothie that I make: The first is completely kefir based and super creamy- you can even make this with just banana and strawberries- it tastes just like a strawberry milkshake :)

The second is with spirulina but when combined with all the fruit, it's earthy algae flavour disappears and it rather works to perfectly balance out the sweetness of the fruit.

 

Ps. Add in the spirulina as the smoothie is blending -right in the middle of the fruity tornado-  to prevent any loss of this lovely powder on the sides of the blender (because it is so finely ground it sticks and holds on tight!)

PPS: This smoothie is great for smoothie bowls! (just make sure you make it thicker by using more frozen fruit and less kefir. See below

  • kefir

  • small handful of frozen blueberries

  • few chunks of frozen mango

  • small handful of frozen raspberries

  • 3-4 frozen strawberries

  • 1 small fresh ripe banana

Or...
  • 3-4 TBSP plain yogurt

  • small handful of frozen blueberries

  • small handful of frozen raspberries

  • few chunks of frozen mango (optional)*

  • 3-4 frozen strawberries

  • 1/8 cup orange juice

  • 1 small fresh ripe banana

  • 1 TSP spirulina powder

ChocoNut

 

This smoothie tastes just like a chocolate milkshake if you make it right- again the importance of the ripe frozen banana comes in! If you want to make a classic chocolate shake you can omit the peanut butter but I find that the two are such a perfect pair. Another variation is to swap the peanut butter for a few drops of mint or orange extract for a chocolate-mint or chocolate-orange smoothie. You can do anything with this really…get creative!

Use less almond milk if you desire thicker results. Add the cacao powder in the middle of the smoothie vortex while everything is already blending so that everything blends properly. And if theres anything you choose to cheap out on with this smoothie DO NOT choose the cacao powder. Real cacao powder will provide such noticeably richer more flavourful results, especially when its not being cooked and is the main ingredient!

You'll need
  • ~1/2 almond milk

  • 1/8 cup cacao powder

  • 1 TBSP peanut butter

  • 2 TBSP maple syrup

  • a few drops of vanilla extract

  • 1.5 large frozen ripe bananas

Mucho Matcha

 

For all you matcha lovers out there- this is for you! I fell in love with the flavour of matcha at first taste. Its so rich and unique, with so many health benefits. As the finest grade of green tea you can buy, matcha is packed with more antioxidants & vitamins than any other tea. This is because when you drink it you are consuming the tea leaves in their entirety, rather than tea-infused water. These ground tea leaves are shade-dried, which protects the amino acids they contain from breaking down in the sun. There are many reasons why you should bring matcha into your life, but make sure to buy the real stuff- otherwise you may as well just be drinking Lipton haha.

 

For all you matcha lovers out there- this is for you! I fell in love with the flavour of matcha at first taste. Its so rich and unique, with so many health benefits. As the finest grade of green tea you can buy, matcha is packed with more antioxidants & vitamins than any other tea. This is because when you drink it you are consuming the tea leaves in their entirety, rather than tea-infused water. These ground tea leaves are shade-dried, which protects the amino acids they contain from breaking down in the sun. There are many reasons why you should bring matcha into your life, but make sure to buy the real stuff- otherwise you may as well just be drinking Lipton haha.

The rest is pretty straightforward, just blend and enjoy :)

Almond milk amount is at your discretion depending on the desired thickness, a ripe frozen banana is crucial here, and as with all fine powders, add in while blending in the middle of the vortex.

 

You'll need
  • ~1/2-1 cup almond milk

  • 2 TBSP matcha powder

  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

  • a few drops of vanilla extract

  • 1 large frozen ripe banana

The Original

 
You'll need
  • ~ 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 1/3 cup plain balkan yogurt

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 banana 

Coffee Toffee

 

This is a homemade version of an iced cappuccino with a twist. Yes, thats right- you can make delicious iced cap's at home. Although I don't drink coffee myself, I find it to be a lovey flavour in desserts. So I can only imagine the joy for coffee lovers! You can make this with any plant-based milk (almond is my favourite).

Dissolve the instant coffee in a small amount of water and pour into the vortex once everything else has blended together. The strength of coffee is at your discretion, as is the thickness. The maca imparts a butterscotch-like flavour in the smoothie which pairs beautifully with the coffee (it's also an awesome superfood!). 

P.S- sub the maca for cacao powder to make an iced café mocha!

You'll need
  • 1/8 TSP vanilla extract

  • 1 TSP instant coffee

  • 1 TSP water

  • ~ 1.5 TSP maple syrup

  • 1 TBSP maca powder

  • ~1/3 cup almond milk

  • 1.5 ripe frozen bananas & 1 cube of ice

  • *optional: 1 TBSP cacao powder

 

Superfood Smoothie

Although this smoothie recipe is very slightly adapted and thus not my own: From Rawlicious raw vegan eatery. I had to include it because it is my all time favourite smoothie. I love all the textures and flavours imparted by all the different superfoods in this blend. Such as the little crunch of the blended cacao nibs and chewiness of the goji berries.

The almond milk amount is at your discretion, however

keep in mind that a few small changes will make the difference between this being a mediocre smoothie or a heavenly treat. The main one being your degree of flavour: if you don't add enough superfoods & put too much almond milk it will be much to watered down and not as tasty.

I've found that using a very ripe frozen banana is most important for this particular recipe- try it with a fresh semi-ripe banana and you will see how frozen ripe bananas make the world of a difference!

You'll need
  • 1 cup almond milk

  • small handful of baby spinach (1 heaping cup)

  • 1-2 TBSP goji berries

  • 1-2 TBSP maca powder

  • 1-2 TBSP cacao nibs

  • 1-2 TBSP hemp protein powder

  • 1.5 large ripe frozen bananas (or 2 small)

Seeds & Cream

 

This smoothie combination resulted from me trying to create an iron packed breakfast in liquid form. If that sounds gross you're in for a suprise!

 

The buckwheat bestows a creamy flavour when blended raw, along with a slight crunch. Additional texture is imparted by the other seeds. If you don't like textured smoothies you can use a food processor or blend it for longer.

It delivers ~20 mg of non-heme iron, 4 mg of which is most likely actually absorbed (depending on the person, bodily needs, other foods recently eaten etc.) 

You'll need
  • ~2 handfuls baby spinach

  • 1 non-frozen banana

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

  • 2 TBSP raw buckwheat

  • 1 TSP chia seeds

  • 1 TBSP hemp protein powder

  • 1 TBSP hemp hearts

  • ~1/2 TSP Good Stuff smoothie mix

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