Fantastic Fruit Smoothie Recipes: The Art of Masking Your Greens

I love smoothies (if they are made with real fresh fruit – none of that syrup bs). They’re easy, filling, and the perfect way to get a delicious dose of fruit and veggies into your morning or afternoon.

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I used to only make all fruit smoothies, not daring to ruin their deliciousness with celery and carrots. But I’ve recently realized that I can sneak in a healthy helping of greens without taking away from the taste. The secret? Baby spinach. Some frozen veggies, such as peas or a few pieces of broccoli work as well (as their flavor is much milder when frozen). And if you’re feeling adventurous, adding half a roman tomato to the mix does not take away from the taste either. Here are a few of my recipes:

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The Good Morning Green Refresher

2 handfuls of baby spinach

4 strawberries

4 frozen chunks of mango

4 frozen chunks of pineapple

1 tbsp fresh grated ginger

1/2 pear

1 tbsp mint leaves

1/4 frozen banana

1 oz coconut water

The Jam-Packed Post Workout Smoothie

2 handfuls of baby spinach

4 strawberries

1/2 cup berries (raspberry, blueberry, and/or blackberries)

4 frozen chunks of mango

1/2 roman tomato

1 oz pouring yogurt (strawberry, vanilla, or plain)

2 oz coconut water

1 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)

2 tbsp soaked chia seeds

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Sweet and Simple Three-Fruit Smoothie

2 handfuls baby spinach

5 frozen strawberries

5 chunks frozen mango

5 blackberries

1 oz orange juice

1 oz pouring yogurt

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

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If you don’t have frozen fruits (which you can buy at whole foods or trader joes) or haven’t yet sliced some to put in the freezer, just add a couple ice cubes to your smoothie!

Both tasty and filling, these smoothies can be easily enjoyed on their own. But, if you’re like me, you like a little crunch every so often. (Metal spoon-straws are a smoothie must have for both sipping and ‘spoonfuling’).

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Here are some of my favorite “Toppings”:
Kellogg’s Bran Flakes
Whole foods raw hemp seed granola
Chia seeds
Sliced almonds
Simply Elizabeth granola

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