Sip A Little Springtime

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 22, 2016
Sip A Little Springtime

Spring is all about getting a clean start when our bodies naturally crave raw cleansing foods, which makes these smoothie recipes the perfect way to enjoy all types of fresh spring produce. Many people start a cleanse in March to detox themselves from heavier foods in the winter or to simply reboot their bodies as the season begins to change. Each of these smoothie recipes has unique nourishing and cleansing properties that can give your body a much needed rest from the heavy winter season.

Follow the below instructions for best results.

Directions

  1. In a large blender, such as a Vitamix , Blendtec, Nutribullet, or Magic Bullet, place all the ingredients in the order listed. A normal household blender will also work but may take a little longer.
  1. Blend on low for 10 seconds and increase to high speed for 10 more seconds until a thick, shake-like consistency is reached.
  1. Consume immediately or place in the fridge for later use. These smoothies will keep one day in the fridge. You may also freeze and thaw if you wish.

 Spring Berry Smoothie

Spring Berries Smoothie

This gluten-free, dairy-free, and antioxidant-rich berry banana smoothie recipe makes a great breakfast, lunch time treat, or yummy afternoon pick-me-up.

Berries make a comeback during the springtime and are ripe and ready for the picking. They are being recognized as some of the most powerful superfoods in the plant kingdom. In addition to being delicious, berries are:

  • rich in disease-fighting antioxidants
  • heart healthy
  • anti-aging medicine

This smoothie can be used as a meal replacement during a gentle cleanse or detoxification protocol and provides plenty of energy if water and juices don’t quite do the trick for you.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened organic coconut water
1 1/2 cups mixed organic berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or others)
NOTE: Do not use frozen berries that contain preservatives. Use fresh, organic, raw berries.
1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon protein powder (optional)
4 ice cubes (optional)

Source: macrobiotic.about.com

The Ultimate Super Smoothie

Green Smoothie

This is the mecca of nutritional smoothies featuring beautifying, cleansing springtime ingredients such as spinach, avocado, romaine lettuce, lemon, and chia seeds. This smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out.

Ingredients:

2 cups filtered water
1 avocado (pitted and peeled from the flesh)
1 head romaine lettuce
3 cups organic spinach
2 medjool dates (substitute:  ¼ tsp. pure stevia for lower sugar or 2 tsp. honey)
Juice from one lemon
2 tbsp. chia seeds
Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Source: diet.allwomenstalk.com

Cran-Razz Fusion

Cran Razz Smoothie

Cranberries are incredibly healthy but are often hard to consume raw because of their tart and sour taste. That is why juicing cranberries smoothie style, is the best way to go. The health benefits of cranberry juice include relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer, and heart disease.

Ingredients:

8 fl. Oz. cranberry juice
½ cup water
1½ cups red cabbage
1 banana
½ cup fresh raspberries
1 Greek yogurt, vanilla (5.3 oz)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup ice cubes

Source: blendtec.com/blog/5-spring-smoothies/

Creamy Peach Smoothie

Peaches Smoothie

This soft, velvety smoothie is perfect for a warm spring day. The ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon add a spice to the cooling drink with extra nutritional benefits.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup nonfat or 1 percent low fat milk
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches
1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground ginger

Source: foodnetwork.com

Chocolate Coconut Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

This chia seed smoothie is a sweet and delicious treat made with no dairy and no sugar. Stop at your local fresh market and dig out some raw, organic cocoa powder for this one!

1¼ cups water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ cup toasted almonds (see notes for how to toast the almonds)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 medjool dates, pits removed
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1 frozen banana

Here are some additional instructions for this smoothie.

  1. Put the chia seeds and water in your blender and let them sit for 5 minutes without blending.
  2. Add the toasted almonds (reserve a few if you would like some for garnish), the cocoa powder, coconut, Medjool dates, and the frozen banana. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until your smoothie is very smooth.

NOTE: To toast the almonds: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and bake them for 6-8 minutes, or until they are golden and fragrant.

Source: theendlessmeal.com

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