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Following through on New Year’s resolutions like “I want to eat healthier” can be tough. So here’s our roundup of the best sweet, secretly-healthy smoothies to help you get going on the road to a great new year (that still taste straight-up amazing).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
Thanks to the chocolate and peanut butter in this smoothie, you can’t even taste the spinach!
- 1 frozen chopped banana (peeled)
- 1 cup tightly-packed fresh spinach
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup milk (your choice — dairy milk, almond milk, etc.)
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (if needed)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- (optional topping: mini semisweet chocolate chips)
Pulse all ingredients together in a blender until combined. Serve immediately, garnished with mini chocolate chips if you’d like. Makes two.
(Image and recipe via ThinkMakeShareBlog/Gimme Some Oven)
Mint Chocolate Smoothie
“Here’s a delicious and healthy substitute for mint chocolate chip ice cream lovers. Rich and thick thanks to avocado, the vibrant color of baby collard greens only makes it seem all the more minty, and the cacao nibs—chocolate in its purest form—provide that crunch you crave.”
- 4 tablespoons hemp powder (optional)
- 2 cups baby collard greens
- 10 to 12 mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
Combine first seven ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add cacao nibs and blend for another 10 to 15 seconds until they are in tiny pieces.
(Image and recipe via Shape)
Raspberry Flax Smoothie
With cinnamon, flax and raspberries, this smoothie is super healthy – and gorgeous!
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (I love to use frozen)
- ½ apple, cored (gala or granny smith work nicely)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground or whole flaxseed (use ground if you don’t have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 5 drops liquid stevia or other sweetner (optional, to cut the acidity of the fruit)
Blend all ingredients, top with fresh raspberries for garnish.
(Image and recipe via Nutritionist in the Kitch)
Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie
Another great way to get some greens in the diet (without having to actually taste them.)
- 2 cups spinach (These will blend better if you freeze them beforehand)
- 2 cups blueberry (I used 1 c. fresh and 1 c. frozen)
- 1 kiwi
- 3-4 large mint leaves
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup ice
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix it up!
(Image and recipe via The Merry Thought)
Banana Almond Smoothie
Rich, creamy, healthy and pretty. Yes, please.
- 1 medium to large frozen banana (break your bananas into one-inch chunks before freezing)
- 1 heaping spoonful of almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 2 spoonfuls flax seed
- ½ cup almond milk, yogurt or regular milk
- drizzle of honey, agave nectar or maple syrup
- tiny drop of almond extract (or vanilla extract, but the almond extract makes the smoothie taste almost like candy!)
Just blend and serve!
(Image and recipe via Cookie and Kate)