6 Energizing Smoothie Ideas
How good is your smoothie game? If your blender is collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere, take this as an opportunity to give it a spin with a few new recipes that you’re sure to love.
After all, nothing provides a much-needed boost of energy like a well-crafted smoothie. Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast, a fruit lover, or simply someone who prefers a liquid breakfast, these ideas are for you.
With beach vacations temporarily off limits for most of us, this smoothie is the next best thing. To put it together, start with your favourite tropical fruits—we love pineapple, mango, and papaya. Then, add a splash of orange juice, a little squeeze of lime, and some coconut milk for that extra tropical twist.
Get your greens
The trick with any green smoothie is to sneak in those greens behind a façade of tasty fruit. First, blend a handful of spinach with almond or coconut milk to ensure that you break up any big leafy chunks. Then, add a couple spoonfuls of fruity yogurt, as well as bananas, strawberries or raspberries to add a sweet little zing to your healthy cocktail.
Who doesn’t love a creamy peach treat first thing in the morning? The key to an extra rich recipe is peach nectar—add it on top of your fresh or frozen peach slices. Then, throw in a couple scoops of vanilla yogurt for a perfectly smooth blend.
There is no such thing as too many berries—especially in a smoothie. Blend any berry you have on hand, from blueberries to strawberries to huckleberries and acai. You can even add cherries if you don’t mind broadening your definition of berry a little. Then, use a nice big splash of your go-to fruit juice as your liquid base, and you’re ready to give it a spin in the blender.
Not only are nut butters delicious, but they’re a great source of protein and good fats. Select your favorite—whether it’s almond, cashew, or good old-fashioned peanut—and drop a couple tablespoons into the blender with your preferred milk or milk substitute. Then, just add a ripe banana and a little Greek yogurt to provide some body. For an extra treat, you can even add a squirt of chocolate syrup.
Sometimes a color scheme is enough to inspire a recipe. Gather all your favorite sunshine-y vegetables—we’re talking mango, banana, pineapple, peach, guava, and even pear. Then, add a milk of your choice and a little plain yogurt as a base. Frozen fruit will come in handy here, as most of us don’t have half a dozen colour-coordinated fruit options ripe and ready at any given time.
Of course, these are just guidelines to get you started. Once you’ve found your go-to flavours and ingredients, don’t be afraid to improvise! It’s tough to go wrong. Take this as the perfect opportunity to get a little creative in your morning routine.