We're at the holiday interlude, that all-too-short period of time between the big festive meals of Thanksgiving and Christmas, which means it's the perfect time to take a break from all the ripping and running, and stock up on refreshing smoothie recipes. Mix up any one of these colorful blends the next time you need a recharge, a quick hit of veggies, or something sweet and satisfying to sip on between all that holiday shopping.
With almond butter, coconut water, and a swirl of flaxseed oil, choose this smoothie when you need to rev up your morning engine. It gets its gorgeous green hue from your choice of kale, spinach, or collards, and a kiss of sweetness from ground cinnamon.
For the creamiest smoothie — no dairy added — try whirling in an avocado, along with coconut milk. The juice of one lemon, along with sweet-and-tangy kiwi gives this smoothie its light, bright flavor.
When it's time to get out of your morning smoothie rut, look to your freezer for inspiration. This hearty smoothie is reminiscent of blueberry pie with its blend of vanilla extract, blueberries, and chopped pecans. A whole banana and a generous handful of rolled oats make it hearty enough for a stand-alone breakfast.
Orange and turmeric are fast friends in this refreshing take on fresh-squeezed OJ. With vanilla, fresh ginger, and honey, this sweet-and-earthy smoothie feels like dessert in a glass.
Here's hoping you feel just as we do about pumpkin pie — one slice is never quite enough. Luckily you can make a date-sweetened pumpkin pie smoothie and top it with a rich coconut whipped cream for a strikingly similar experience to biting into a slice of pie.
Frozen ripe pineapple is the breakout star of this four-ingredient smoothie. It's combined with coconut milk, banana, and collard greens for a fresh-and-simple jolt of energy.
If you're a cardamom lover, this smoothie is for you. The spice's warm floral flavor is heightened in the presence of almond milk and cinnamon. Don't forget a pinch of salt — it wakes up all the flavors in this warming blend.
By now, you've already got your back-pocket green smoothie recipe down. But if you're looking to get started or just want to mix things up, may I suggest a blend of spinach, pear, and ginger? It's bright, invigorating, and just the right thing for a dreary winter morning.
Take your favorite smoothie, now supersize it, and you've got yourself a smoothie bowl. A combination of frozen blueberries and frozen bananas gives this smoothie its thick texture and hides the green tinge of spinach.
Love lassi? This creamy mango treat is for you. Nourishing whole milk yogurt and banana are blended with ice and mango into a golden frothy smoothie.
Take your smoothie to the tropics with a playful blend of pineapple, banana, orange juice, and cooling cilantro. Don't worry about the herb sticking out as a flavor — next to the fruity blend, it slips into background and really gives this drink its surprise flavor.