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Healthy Recipes: Breakfast Smoothies

 

Smoothies are an easy and healthy breakfast option.

Just throw a few ingredients into your blender and in five minutes you're ready to eat.

Just about every fast food restaurant has caught on to the smoothie fad and added them to  menus. If you take that route make sure you check the nutrition content. Not all smoothies are made the same. Some includes sugar-laden yogurts and sometimes even ice cream.

The better option may be just to make your own smoothies at home. Then you'll know exactly what ingredients are included.

This week's healthy recipe post should help you out. I've pulled several smoothies recipes from wholeliving.com.

Anybody else have any smoothie or other healthy recipes? Send them my way, andrea.walker@baltsun.com, and I'll include them on this blog.

Banana Oat Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt

1/2 cup skim milk

1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

2 teaspoons flaxseed

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

Orange Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

2 navel oranges, peeled and pith removed, cut into chunks

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen raspberries

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

 

Avocado Vanilla Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ripe avacodo

1 cup no-sugar added pear nectar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup ice

 

Directions

Combine in a blender and blend until smooth

 

Carrot Mango Smoothie from Whole Living

Ingredients

1 chopped mango or 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks

1 cup fresh carrot juice

dash freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup ice cubes if not using frozen mango

Directions

Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth

 

Papaya Ginger Smoothie from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups papaya

1 cup ice cubes

2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 tablespoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon honey

Juice of 2 lemons

16 fresh mint lives

Directions

Refrigerate papaya until very cold. At least 1 hour overnight.

Blend papaya, ice, yogurt, ginger, honey and lemon juice in a blender. Add up to 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture is smooth and thinned to desired consistency. Blend in mint leaves. Garnish with mint sprigs.

 

Cherry Berry Tea Smoothies from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

3/4 cup water

2 Rooibos tea bags

6 ounces silken tofu

2 cups frozen sweet cherries

1 cup frozen grapes

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

Bring water to a simmer. Immediately remove from heat and add tea bags. Let steep, uncovered, for 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Refrigerate tea until cold, about 40 minutes

Puree tea, tofu and fruit in a blender until smooth. Serve cold.


 

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