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Top 5 Smoothie Recipes for Spring

 

As the weather is getting warmer, our bodies tend to crave lighter foods. Smoothies are a great grab-and-go breakfast that you can easily pack with protein, vegetables and other nutrients. Here are our top 5 smoothie recipes to promote health and weight loss as we enter into the warmer spring months.

 

Note: To increase your protein intake, you can add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or 1 scoop of protein powder to your favourite smoothie. You'll see some notes below on how to increase protein in these 5 smoothies.

 

Tangy Raspberry Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or liquid of choice) plus water to thin (if necessary)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Small handful of baby spinach
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional booster: add 1 scoop of protein powder for an extra boost of protein

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth. Add water to thin out the consistency if desired. Enjoy!

 

Refreshing Lemon Turmeric Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • Sprinkle of ground ginger
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey or stevia (optional, for sweetness)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional booster: 1 scoop of collagen or 1 scoop of unflavoured protein powder

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients (except ice) in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass, top with ice and another sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or another plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 basil leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional booster: 1 scoop of collagen or 1 scoop of unflavoured protein powder

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with more ice if desired. Enjoy!

 

Tropical Twist Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 chunks of frozen banana
  • 4 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 3 chunks of frozen mango cubes
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional booster: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (or plain protein powder of choice)

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add water to thin if necessary. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp natural almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or 1 scoop vanilla protein powder)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional booster: top with a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut

 

Directions:

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. Thin with water if necessay. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

Like what you've read? Check out our post on metabolism boosting foods here.

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