Category Archives: Smoothies

Minty Watermelon Frosty

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When it comes to refreshing summer treats, there is nothing quite like biting into a sweet and juicy watermelon. A good quality watermelon’s crisp flesh melts in your mouth with its high water content. This natural, sugary juice hydrates and nourishes the body on a cellular level, thanks to its naturally occuring electrolytes. It also provides vitamin A & C, and is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. As for the beautiful red color, watermelon gets its vibrant hue from lycopene–it has even more lycopene than tomatoes! If you’d like to learn more about how incredibly amazing this sweet and hydrating fruit is for your health, check out this informative article on Well-Being Secrets for all things watermelon and to learn about the history and amazing benefits of this stellar summer fruit. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about watermelon, and will leave you amazed at all the fantastic benefits of this humble, juicy fruit.

Watermelon is definitely an amazing and hydrating fruit, but to make it even more refreshing, this recipe for a minty watermelon frosty is icy and sweet with a light and cooling mint flavor. It combines some of the most cooling ingredients that are chilled in the freezer to become dusted with ice crystals and then blended to create a frosty smoothie. Drinking this icy and sweet treat is one of the best ways to battle the smothering humidity of summer.

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Minty Watermelon Frosty
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups frozen watermelon
  2. 6 mint leaves
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar if watermelon is not very sweet
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Cut and slice watermelon into cubes and add to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until melon is frozen to preference. Once frozen, add chunks to a blender and blend until smooth. Rinse mint leaves and add to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients and pulse for a couple of seconds. Serve and enjoy!
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Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl

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Creamy soft serve, juicy sun-sweetened peaches, and crumbly dried mulberries combine with subtle flavors of maple and cinnamon in this delicious smoothie. It is like a sweet and buttery peach pie mixed with soft-serve in a bowl, and it actually happens to be full of nutrients. The main ingredients are sun-ripened fruits because they naturally add the sweetest flavors and creamiest textures as well as loads of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It tastes delicious and is good for you–the perfect compromise.

Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 4 frozen bananas (frozen when ripe)
  2. 2 fresh ripe bananas
  3. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. dash of cinnamon
  5. 3 ripe peaches, sliced
  6. 1/2 cup dried mulberries
Instructions
  1. Add the bananas to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend on low, scraping down the sides until bananas transform into soft serve. Now add in the rest of the ingredients except for the peaches and mulberries. Blend for a few seconds then pour into a dish and top with sliced peaches and mulberries. Top with additional maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl

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In this recipe, juicy blueberries are swirled into vanilla soft-serve along with buttery and chewy sweet mulberries for a taste that is reminiscent of blueberry muffins.  It is like eating the ice cream version of a berry cake or muffin only the recipe is made purely from fruit. :)
 
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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 5 frozen ripe bananas, slightly thawed
  2. 1 peeled banana ripe with spots
  3. 1 cup blueberries
  4. 1/2 cup raspberries
  5. 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  6. 1/2 cups dried mulberries
  7. optional cinnamon
  8. extra berries for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all the bananas on low in a food processor or blender making sure to shove the fruit into the blades every now and then. Once bananas are very smooth and have reached a soft-serve consistency, add blueberries and raspberries to the blender and blend on low until berries are swirled into the soft-serve. Pour mixture into a bowl and top with the dried mulberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, and additional berries.
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Fruity Smoothie Bowl

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Full of fruity goodness, this nutritious smoothie bowl is allergen-free and extremely healthy for you.  It contains vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.  Feel free to mix up the toppings and smoothie flavor depending on what’s in season.  Also, frozen fruit is a convenient way to add good-quality fruit to a recipe.  Berries, sliced bananas and mangoes as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup make excellent toppings.  Whip up this easy smoothie bowl for a quick and nourishing breakfast or snack. It is truly a creamy and delightful bowl of sweet fruits.

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Fruity Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 6 frozen bananas
  2. optional non-dairy milk (recommended if not using a high-speed blender)
  3. 1 tbsp. maple syrup or other sweetener
Toppings
  1. berries, sliced bananas, mangoes
  2. cinnamon and male syrup
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, blend frozen bananas on low making sure to push them into the blades every now and then until completely mixed. It should resemble a soft-serve ice cream consistency. After fully blended, add in maple syrup and blend until just mixed. Pour soft-serve into a bowl and top with additional ingredients. Enjoy this creamy and delightful bowl of sweet fruits!
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Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl

 

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This smoothie tastes like a soft-serve version of a blueberry muffin; its delectable sweetness comes from the semi-frozen ripe bananas. When ripe and speckled, they have a soft, creamy texture that pretty much turns into the most delicious soft serve once frozen and blended. The juicy blueberries pair perfectly with crumbly and buttery dried mulberries for a dish that is full of sweetness. It’s really simple to make–check out the recipe below.

 

Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
  2. 1 cup thawed frozen blueberries
  3. 1/2 cup dried mulberries
  4. 1/4 cup coconut sugar or another unrefined sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine mulberries and coconut sugar in a food processor and pulse until crumble forms. Set mixture aside to add to the top later. Blend bananas in a food processor with a little liquid such as almond milk. Add thawed blueberries into the soft serve and mix. Top with mulberry crumble and enjoy.
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Creamy Berry Smoothie

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This amazing smoothie is super refreshing on a hot day.  It’s bursting with flavor from sweet and succulent summer berries blended with creamy almond milk.  It is a healthy and sweet drink that’s perfectly hydrating.

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Creamy Berry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups mixed berries of choice, thawed slightly
  2. 2 1/2 cups almond milk or other non-dairy milk*
  3. 4 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add thawed berries and milk of choice to a blender and blend on low, gradually increasing speed until combined and smooth. Next add maple syrup and optional cinnamon then blend slightly. Serve right away and enjoy this delicious treat!
Notes
  1. *Adjust liquid amount based on preference.
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Creamy Cup of Caramel

 

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Imagine sipping a cup of sweet and buttery caramel topped with frothy cream–this recipe makes that dream a reality.  Normally, drinking a cup of caramel would leave you feeling sick, but this cup of caramel is actually good for you! This recipe doesn’t contain any chemicals or artificial anything; it is filled with natural ingredients that will nourish the body.

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The key ingredient of this recipe is fresh, sweet dates–which means the taste of this recipe is only as good as the dates.  Certain varieties of this nutrient-dense fruit taste like butter and brown sugar.  You can use fresh or dried dates, but just know that this will influence the taste of the recipe so make sure you like the type of date fruit before making this.

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Dates are absolutely bursting with nutrients.  For instance, they are full of copper, magnesium, potassium, and iron–which means this is a great fruit for before or after physical activity.  This drink provides an instant boost of fuel that will go straight to your cells, and it helps replenish depleted muscles with much needed electrolytes, vitamins, and protein.  It is liquid gold. :)

 

Creamy Cup of Caramel
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pitted dates of choice
  2. 1 cup water or almond milk
  3. optional cinnamon and vanilla
Instructions
  1. Pit dates and add to blender; pour in liquid then blend on high until mixed thoroughly. Top with cinnamon for an additional touch.
Notes
  1. For another version, reduce liquid to 1/2 cup and use one frozen or fresh banana.
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Brain Power Smoothie Bowl

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Grapes and walnuts are two of the most nutritious foods. They are incredible for the brain, which makes this dish a double, brain-power smoothie bowl.  Reminiscent of soft-serve ice cream, it has a creamy texture with a subtle and sweet grape flavor, as well as an added crunch from the walnuts.  So do your brain a favor and make this smoothie! Your memory will thank you for it. :)

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Brain Power Smoothie Bowl

Brain Power Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium frozen bananas
  2. 10 grapes (or however many you would like)
  3. 1/4 cup walnuts
  4. splash of almond milk (or more for a shake-like consistency)
  5. 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add frozen bananas, grapes, and most of the walnuts to a blender or food processor. Pour in a splash of almond milk and two tablespoons of maple syrup, then blend on medium speed until everything is fully mixed and has a creamy consistency. Garnish with more walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Notes
  1. Make sure to thaw bananas slightly before blending.
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