Simple Smoothie Selections

Since we are completely obsessed with smoothies we decided to compile our favourite quick and easy smoothie recipes into one post. Enjoy and happy blending!

Green Energizer

This powerful green smoothie is a fresh energizing boost that is packed with nutrients and puts a little extra swing in your step. The quantities can easily be adjusted depending on the size of your blender. This is our go to on-the-go midday snack to help get us through the 9-5 grind.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/2 cup of diced pineapple
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 3/4 cup of celery
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup of water or apple juice (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender (or nutribullet) and blend. Water or apple juice is optional as the pineapple and apple can be quite juicy, and the celery holds a fair bit of water as well, so sometimes we find adding an extra liquid is not necessary. However when it is, it's nice to add a splash to help it all blend together nicely.

If you are using frozen pineapple or banana, you may find the ice cubes are not needed. We tend to use fresh apples, pineapples, and bananas more often, therefore we like add the ice cubes to keep it thick and cool.

Banana is a really great fruit when blending with veggies. The flavor is very over powering so whether it's blended with spinach or kale, the banana really takes over. It the best way to get all the amazing nutrients and health benefits from these leafy greens without even knowing!

Our Green Energizer is loaded with both macro (carbohydrates) and micro nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium to name a few! The kale also adds fiber and a bit protein!

Try it out! And don't forget to share your experience with us - we love your feedback.

 

berry blast

Our next quick and easy smoothie is a protein packed, micro nutrient dense berry blast that is perfect to help your body recover after a killer workout or yoga flow.

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup of Icelandic style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of milk (skim or almond)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of spinach leaves

Again, either fresh or frozen vegetables are both totally okay! When it comes to berries we tend to always have them frozen on hand (especially during the winter months while we patiently wait the arrival of the local Ontario berries), but either style blend very nicely with the thick and creamy Icelandic style yogurt. Check out our last post where we absolute gush over this type of yogurt!

Again, the banana helps to hide the flavour of the spinach, so that in addition to the incredible antioxidants from the berries, protein from the yogurt, and potassium from the banana, you are getting all of the incredible health benefits of this nutrient dense vegetable as well! To name a few, spinach is high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, zinc, and magnesium. All of which help protect and aid in the body's systems and functions.

We alternate between vanilla and plain icelandic yogurt. When blending with the vanilla, there is no need to add any sweeteners, however when we make this smoothie with plain yogurt, we like to add just a teaspoon of honey to make it just a tad sweeter.

Try it out! We would to hear you feedback on making smoothies with our new obsession - Icelandic style yogurt.

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Not exactly a smoothie - but we had to share our recipe for our chia seed pudding because we are absolutely in love with these little powerhouses.

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ingredients

  • 1 cups of milk (skim or almond)
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt (Greek or Icelandic)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of strawberries

In a bowl or mason jar, combine milk, maple syrup, vanilla, yogurt, and chia seeds. If in a mason jar - put the lid on and shake it up to combine all the ingredients! If in a bowl, wisk the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or over night.

Add fresh strawberries when ready to serve and enjoy!

We prefer salba chia seeds, although the black chia seeds arefine as well. Salba chia seeds are extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, fiber, iron, and potassium.

 

Kaitlyn Sydney