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June 14, 2012 | Written by: Robyn Sands

Easy-to-Make Smoothies: Staying in the Zone

If you’re feeling like you’ve overloaded your system with too many disco fries or slices of grandma’s apple pie, then try a fresh, nutritious smoothie.

Before you get started you need to have the right equipment. A high-speed blender can pulverize the thickest of dinosaur kale into a delicious shake. These high-end, professional-grade blenders come with a souped-up price tag but are worth all the liquid nutrition they provide. If you can’t afford a top-of-the-line blender, then go with what you have.

The next star of the smoothie show is your ingredients. I prefer organic. Conventional fruits and vegetables could be sprayed with pesticides. And the soil they’re grown in may be depleted of nutrients, so the fruits and veggies offer less nutritional bang for your buck. Before your next trip to the market, check out which vegetables are grown with pesticides, and which ones are not.

Now that you’ve upped your smoothie I.Q., give these recipes a whirl. Place all ingredients in the blender, blend, then sit back and sip. If you like a more liquid smoothie, add more non-diary milk or juice.

Chocolate Lovers Smoothie

This decadent smoothie will totally hide the fact that each parsley-packed sip is supplying your body with loads of vitamin C, K, A and volatile oils.

1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries

1 big handful of parsley, including stems

1 Tablespoon of raw cacao or cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon of rice or hemp protein powder (can omit)

2 dates

¼ of an avocado or ½ of a banana

½ cup of rice or other non-dairy milk

Splash of vanilla flavoring

Handful of ice cubes

Holiday Smoothie

Taste the holidays anytime with this smoothie. Cinnamon possesses anti-inflammatory properties as well as calcium, iron and fiber, while spinach supplies numerous antioxidants and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. So drink up.

½ cup of applesauce

½ cup of fresh or frozen cranberries

1 small green apple cored

1 cup of fresh spinach

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

½ cup of rice or other non-dairy milk

1 date

Splash of vanilla flavoring

Handful of ice cubes

Minty Peachy Smoothie

King kale makes this smoothie an easy way to get your vitamin K, A and C fix, plus loads of healthy fiber and magnesium. And mint is great for nasal congestion, digestion, and smells oh so fresh. Cheers.

1 cup of fresh or frozen peaches

½ cup of fresh grapefruit juice

a few sprigs of fresh mint

1 cup of fresh kale

1 naval orange or 2 clementines, peeled

Handful of ice cubes

About the author
Robyn Sands
Robyn is an Associate Creative Director at SSW. Her wellness pledge is to shock and awe her body by eating something green every day.

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