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Energy-boosting smoothies

Nutritious, delicious smoothie ideas

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Whether it's served as a snack or as a meal, having a smoothie just makes sense. Chock full of vitamins, this tantalizing drink can go a long way in supporting your nutritional needs for the day. Take it one step further by having a smoothie for a quick energy boost whenever you see fit!

Smoothies

What is it about a smoothie? It's cold and thick, packed with delicious fruit or vegetable flavours and is super simple to make. And don't forget about the nutrients! Are you ready for a yummy and nutrient-rich boost to help fuel your day? Here are great smoothie recipes to try.

Tropical afternoon smoothie

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced pineapple
  • 1–2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • 8 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Very berry booster

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed berry, blueberry or raspberry yogourt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks

Directions:

  1. Add the yogourt and milk to a blender, and blend until combined.
  2. Add the berries and bananas, and continue blending until smooth.
  3. Serve icy cold.

Peachy almond smoothie

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla yogourt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2–3 tablespoons almond flour or almond butter
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • One drop almond extract

Directions:

  1. Blend the yogourt, soy milk and almond butter or flour together in a blender.
  2. Add the peaches and almond extract, and continue blending until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.

Peanut butter banana crunch smoothie

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granola without fruit
  • 1/2 cup low-fat or soy milk
  • 1 cup plain yogourt
  • 1 ripe frozen banana, sliced into chunks
  • 2–3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4–6 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Blend the granola and milk together until thick.
  2. Blend in the yogourt and banana, stirring with a spoon between blending cycles.
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey.
  4. After the peanut butter and honey have been incorporated into the mixture, add the ice cubes, and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve cold.

Chocolate banana protein smoothie

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 cup silken or soft tofu
  • 1-1/2 cups soy milk
  • 3–5 tablespoons liquid chocolate syrup
  • 2 ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut up the frozen banana into chunks.
  2. Add the banana chunks, tofu, soy milk and ice cubes to a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, then blend until incorporated. Taste.
  5. Add additional syrup if desired.
  6. Serve immediately.

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