Betsy’s Best Healthy Smoothie Recipes
If you’re not already enjoying homemade, healthy smoothies on a regular basis, we think it’s time to start. The best smoothie recipes feature ingredients from at least three food groups, and some even pack in all five – fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein foods. Adding a spoonful of nut or seed butter to a smoothie puts a dose of plant-based protein into the mix as well as adding a wonderful richness and deliciously nutty flavor profile. Include some green veggies for their unrivaled nutritional value as well as fresh or frozen fruits for sweetness and even more craveable goodness.
Looking for inspiration? Here are 10 quick links to Betsy’s healthiest smoothie recipes for you to try. And remember, one of the best things about smoothies is how adaptable the recipes are. You can substitute any ingredients, for example using a different flavor of nut or seed butter, to suit your personal preferences. If you love these recipes be sure to explore and try all of Betsy’s smoothie recipes.
Note: A high-powered blender is best for making super-smooth smoothies, but a food processor and stick blender work well too.
1. Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie
Betsy’s Best Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie packs in 3/4 cup of fresh spinach, an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K. Spinach has such a mild flavor that it blends into the background behind the sweet notes of apple, grapes and banana also featured in this healthy smoothie. This combination of ingredients makes the fruit and vegetable smoothie a really good choice for greens-averse children, who won’t even notice the spinach. Vanilla Greek yogurt, almond milk and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter add a lovely nuttiness and creamy texture too.
2. Mixed Berry Smoothie
Berries are one of nature’s most nutritious foods. They’re high in antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C, and a good source of soluble fiber, which helps you feel full. They’re also delicious, making Betsy’s Mixed Berry Smoothie taste like a real treat. Our recipe includes frozen blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, but if they’re in season feel free to substitute any fresh berries of your choice. This smoothie also includes cinnamon almond butter, unsweetened almond milk and chia seeds, which add even more fiber plus protein, calcium and iron.
3. Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl
You don’t have to serve this smoothie in a bowl, but doing so reminds you there’s a full meal’s worth of healthy ingredients in this powerhouse recipe. Betsy’s Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl gets its thick and satisfying texture from a blend of frozen banana, avocado and toasted coconut cashew butter. Chia seeds add a little bite, while powdered kale provides its amazing health benefits without affecting the smoothie’s tempting texture. You can just as easily use fresh kale or spinach instead. Adjust the thickness of the avocado and kale smoothie as you blend by simply adding a little more or less almond milk.
Note that this recipe is great for using up extra bananas when you’ve bought more than you can eat – just stick the extra bananas in the freezer before they become over-ripe, and they’ll be ready and waiting whenever a smoothie craving strikes.
4. Healthy Green Goddess Smoothie
If the name of the Healthy Green Goddess Smoothie doesn’t make it obvious, an impressive ingredients list reveals that this is one remarkably nutritious recipe. It doesn’t pull any punches in the flavor department either, with tropical coconut and fresh mint leaves to balance the smoothie’s richness. The lovely coconut flavor comes from three different ingredients – coconut yogurt, coconut milk and coconut water. Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter provides an element of plant-based protein, while avocado and spinach lend their green goodness to the Green Goddess. Chia seeds and an optional scoop of protein powder add even more vital nutrients to its profile. They also mean just one serving of this smoothie will keep you full and satisfied for hours.
5. Pink Pitaya Smoothie
The star of this striking fuchsia-hued smoothie is pitaya, a.k.a. dragon fruit, an amazing tropical fruit that’s increasingly available both fresh and frozen (even in special smoothie packs). Its sweet flavor is often compared to kiwi and pear, but pitaya’s bright pink hue is unmistakable. For the Pink Pitaya Smoothie recipe the fiber-rich fruit goes into the blender with thick and creamy Greek yogurt, chia seeds, almond milk and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. We think it’s lovely with toasted coconut cashew butter as well.
6. Beet Smoothie
Here’s another wonderful smoothie that doesn’t lack in the looks department – the redder-than-can-be Beet Smoothie with Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter. It features two nutrient-packed root vegetables – beets and baby carrots – plus toasted coconut cashew butter, coconut water and chia seeds. Note that with these ingredients this smoothie is both dairy-free and gluten-free. It’s also full of fiber and many important vitamins and minerals, making it an amazingly healthy treat in a glass. Betsy starts with a package of fully cooked beets and pops them in the freezer for 24 hours, which results in a smooth, frosty texture. You could also prepare your own beets from scratch – just steam or boil whole beets, peel and dice.
7. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
On the other side of the color wheel is Betsy’s Matcha Green Tea Smoothie. If you’re not on the matcha green tea train yet, then it’s time to hop on board. It’s green tea in the form of a fine powder, which makes it super easy to incorporate into a smoothie. The antioxidant benefits of green tea are remarkable, and in the form of matcha they’re even greater than when you sip green tea. A smoothie is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy matcha, especially when it also includes such yummy ingredients as mango, toasted coconut cashew butter, coconut milk and Greek yogurt. The recipe also includes chia seeds and a little honey or maple syrup for an added touch of sweetness.
8. Vanilla Avocado Smoothie
Betsy’s Vanilla Avocado Smoothie is as creamy and delicious as a milkshake but so much healthier. It’s also non-dairy and gluten-free, meaning everyone can enjoy it as a snack or meal. We all know avocados are a great source of healthy fats, but did you know they contain more potassium than bananas and lots of fiber as well? All the more reason to blend one into a smoothie with almond milk, your favorite nut or seed butter, cinnamon, chia seeds and just a touch of vanilla. Add a handful of ice cubes to transform these super-nutritious ingredients into a frosty treat. If you like your smoothies on the sweet side, simply add a few drops of Stevia to taste.
9. Ginger Smoothie with Cayenne Pepper
Not all smoothies are sweet and fruity. This Ginger Smoothie with Cayenne Pepperis better described using words like hot, spicy, zesty and bold. You can thank the fiery cayenne (start with just a pinch and add more to taste) and the unmistakable punch of fresh ginger included in this recipe along with both chia and hemp seeds. It’s creamy too, thanks to cinnamon peanut butter, almond milk and frozen banana.
You might be interested to hear that ginger is great for digestion and it’s shown to relieve nausea as well as cold and ‘flu symptoms, so this smoothie is a great choice when you’re feeling under the weather. Yet, it’s so yummy you’ll make it any time you’re in the mood for a smoothie with a kick.
10. Sweet Greens Smoothie
Blending greens into a smoothie is one of the easiest ways to benefit from their unrivaled nutritional profiles. The Sweet Greens Smoothie brings together no fewer than five green elements, each one packed with vitamins. Blend romaine lettuce, celery, cucumber, parsley and apple together with Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter, chia seeds, half a lemon, a small knob of fresh ginger and a touch of coconut cream or milk. Thin the smoothie with cold water, if you wish. The result is a smoothie that’s low in sugar but with a hint of sweetness. It also includes a salad’s worth of green goodness in a glass.
Ready to Make Your Own Super Smoothie?
These are just 10 of Betsy’s many yummy and healthy smoothie recipes. And they’re just the beginning when it comes to creating delicious smoothies with gourmet nut and seed butters. We encourage you to experiment with different combinations of your own favorite fruits and vegetables, and add seeds, spices or herbs, plus liquids ranging from plain water to any type of milk. The options are literally endless! #tastethedifference
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