September 3rd, 2012

When I don’t have time to prepare a meal, I usually head for the blender. In a matter of a few minutes, I can have all my necessary daily nutrients blended up into a tasty smoothie. Almost no effort and I can whip up a quick and healthy drink? Count me in!

Now you’re probably wondering why I don’t just head for the closest Jamba Juice. Besides the fact that I don’t want to spend $5 on a smoothie every day, I know those Jamba smoothies can’t be trusted. If something tastes that good, it probably isn’t healthy…am I right? By making smoothies at home, you have control over what goes into them. And hey, who doesn’t like to avoid long lines and save a few bucks?

In my latest video for Student Health 101, I demonstrate how to incorporate beautiful fruits and vegetables, healthy smoothie bases (nonfat plain Greek yogurt avocado, and almond butter), protein powder (whey or plant-based), and healthy liquids (unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut water, and green tea) into smoothies. As always, you can view the latest issue of Student Health 101 here.

Dreamy Orange Smoothie
Makes 1-2 large smoothies

1 orange, peeled
½ banana, sliced and frozen
½ large carrot, chopped
¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 scoop protein powder (whey or plant-based)
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Place the first six ingredients in the blender (in the order listed). Pour enough almond milk to just cover the ingredients. Pulse until big chunks are broken down into smaller pieces.

Add more almond milk (depending on the desired thickness) to the blender. Switch to smoothie mode and process until smooth.

Tropical Avo-Kiwi Smoothie
Makes 1-2 large smoothies

4 unsweetened coconut water ice cubes
½ avocado, seeded and peeled
1 kiwi, peeled and halved
1 green apple, cored
1 cup kale
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1 scoop protein powder (whey or plant-based)
Unsweetened coconut water

Place the first seven ingredients in the blender (in the order listed). Pour enough coconut water to just cover the ingredients. Pulse until big chunks are broken down into smaller pieces.

Add more coconut water (depending on the desired thickness) to the blender. Switch to smoothie mode and process until smooth.

Berry Green Tea Smoothie
Makes 1-2 large smoothies

¼ cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen strawberries
½ banana, sliced and frozen
½ avocado, seeded and peeled (or ¼ cup almond butter)
1 cup spinach
1 scoop protein powder (whey or plant-based)
Green tea, chilled

Place the first six ingredients in the blender (in the order listed). Pour enough green tea just cover the ingredients. Pulse until big chunks are broken down into smaller pieces.

Add more green tea (depending on the desired thickness) to the blender. Switch to smoothie mode and process until smooth.

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