It only takes a matter of minutes to treat yourself to a super healthy smoothie, packed with delicious fruits and vegetables to get you energized for your day!
Did you know the #1 most common New Years resolution is to lose weight? It’s probably not an earth-shattering revelation to you as nearly everywhere you look there are online advertisements and TV commercials, some with ridiculous claims of shedding pounds without changing what you eat. Yea right, if it were only that easy!
Diet and exercise are what is going to help you. While I do love to run trails and hit the gym, in this article, I’m just going to stick with what I know, and that is sharing my healthy fruit smoothie recipe for you to enjoy.
For Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised with a gorgeous ruby red Vitamix Blender . So as you could imagine I was inspired to test out some new recipes. My favorite feature on the Vitamix is the “variable speed control” setting, which allows me easily to control the speed and intensity of the blades.
This feature is beneficial especially when you’re breaking down more substantial ingredients or adding elements to the top of the blender like liquids and oils. I’ve used the Ninja Blender before, but I must say, the Vitamix blender yields a more creamy, smoother texture to whatever is mashed together.
I created a super healthy fruit smoothie recipe that is packed with fresh greens for a vitamin, mineral and fiber packed concoction that will be sure to get you energized for the day!
Fruit Smoothie Ingredients
If you can’t find these fruits fresh, don’t be discouraged, often you can find them already frozen in your market for reasonable prices and even organic varieties! You can substitute any of the ingredients to your liking, use a 1:1 replacement for the switch out.
Acai Juice – If you haven’t tried acai juice yet, it’s an excellent source of antioxidants and adds a wonderful flavor to the smoothie. I recommend the Sambazon organic acai juice brand . If you can’t find the acai juice, you can use all coconut water instead.
Coconut Water – I always add coconut water to my smoothie because it’s low in calories, great for rehydration, and adds a little bit of sweetness to the smoothie.
Yogurt – I’m a big supporter of getting a daily dose of probiotics, so I like to incorporate yogurt into my smoothies. The yogurt not only has the benefits of probiotics but adds a nice creamy texture to the smoothie.
Flaxseed – I also like to combine ground flaxseed because it’s easier to digest and provides a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber.
Leafy Greens – You can barely taste the vegetables, and the natural sweetness and tartness of the fruit help balance the flavor of the smoothie. The only thing you may notice is a possible change in color, but the taste is minimally impacted, if at all. In fact, sometimes I’ll even add a cup of both spinach and kale into the fruit smoothie. This is a great way to get in multiple servings of vegetables each day.
Make a Smoothie Bowl
When I’m looking for a little more filling breakfast, I often make a smoothie bowl. I top the smoothie with fresh fruit, crunchy granola, nuts and a drizzle of honey. The great thing about this recipe is you can adjust as you like, adding protein powder, more vegetables, other juices, teas, the methods are endless!
I always make about two weeks worth of individually measured smoothies, freezing the fruit and vegetables together and storing them in resealable plastic bags. I use one smoothie recipe for each portion, which makes about a 20-ounce serving. My Sundays are typically smoothie prep day so that whenever we are in need of a healthy smoothie, I can grab a bag from the freezer, add the liquid ingredients and give it a whirl!
The key is always to use frozen fruit! The solidified fruit acts as the “ice” in the recipe but don’t worry the flavor isn’t diluted by ice cubes and also melts slowly. You can enjoy this super healthy fruit smoothie recipe multiple days a week with a little bit of preparation.
What is a Superfruit?
As you know, all fruits can provide benefit to your health and diet. However, there are some that fall into the “superfruit” category. According to Health.com, superfruits are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals that have additional health benefits that only plants can provide and may prevent disease later in life. Some familiar superfruits are blueberries, acai berries, apples, bananas, blackberries, cantaloupe, cherries, citrus, cranberries, dragon fruit, grapes, kiwi, plums, pomegranate, strawberries, avocado, tomatoes, papayas, raspberries, pumpkins, watermelon, and pineapple. The key is choosing a variety of colorful fruit to get the various phytonutrient benefits from each fruit!
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- 1/4 cup bananas, sliced
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup baby kale
- 1/4 cup yogurt, your favorite flavor
- 1/2 cup acai juice, Sambazon recommended
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- Clean and dry berries, pomegranate, spinach, and kale.
- Slice the banana into 1/2 inch slices.
- Place the berries, pomegranate, spinach, kale, and flaxseed into a resealable plastic bag.
- Freeze ingredients overnight, or until ready to use.
- Measure and add to the blender the acai juice, coconut water, and yogurt.
- Carefully add the frozen berries, pomegranates, bananas, spinach, kale, and flaxseed to the blender.
- Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then gradually increase speed and mix until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes.