11 Healthy Smoothies to Kick Off the New Year
Now that the holidays are over, we can get back to eating more mindfully. And for many of us, that includes eating more—lots more—fruits and vegetables. These smoothies recipes here pack tons of vitamins and minerals in to one delicious drink, and they're also a fabulous way to detox from any holiday overindulgence. So break out the fancy blender that's been gathering dust in your kitchen cabinet and get set with this week-plus list of smoothies to ring in your new year the healthy way.
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Heather from Heather's Dish shares her secret for "How to Make a Kale Smoothie That Doesn't Taste Like Dirt." She freezes the kale before blending it up with strawberries, pineapple, almond milk and yogurt. And she guarantees that her recipe works in any blender—no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy model.
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Carrian from Oh, Sweet Basil has come up with an edible prescription to slay all those winter colds before they get started. Her Cold-Buster Green Smoothie combines spinach, orange juice, orange peel, baby carrots, banana, apple and pineapple into a magical concoction that fights backs the common cold.
Kristine from Kristine's Kitchen whipped up a Cocoa-Almond Protein Smoothie that packs nearly 30 grams of protein into a yogurt-and-banana base, with cocoa to make it taste like dessert without any added sweeteners. Sweet!
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Load up on the antioxidants with this Blueberry Coconut Smoothie from Kara's Party Ideas. She mixes up blueberries, banana, coconut milk, and stevia for a delicious concoction that goes down easy.
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Stephanie from Eat. Drink. Love. says she just can't manage to get into all those green smoothies, no matter how much she tries. But this Pink Power Smoothie packs in tons of antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients without a single green vegetable. The secret ingredients? Beet, avocado, strawberries, lemon juice, celery, apple, and coconut oil and coconut water—this hot-pink smoothie is just as delicious as it is gorgeous.
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Dana from Minimalist Baker pretty much sums it up: “So much indulgence, so many stretchy pants.” Her plan to offset the holidays' dietary fallout includes this creamy 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie, made from kale, berries, bananas, flaxseed meal and fruit juice.
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Chia seeds are the latest darling of the health food set, and this Chia Smoothie from Simone's Kitchen is a great introduction to the trendy ingredient, which is purported to help you feel fuller faster while also adding nutrients to your diet. Simone's smoothie is super-easy to prepare—just blend up orange juice, a banana, blueberries, chia seeds, red currants, and coconut milk. No chopping required!
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GI 365's Kari offers up an easy, healthy recipe for her Holiday Detox Smoothie. Her secret concoction includes 16 fluid ounces of kombucha--she recommends ginger--as well as oranges, apple and 3 cups of spinach.
In her Cranberry-Pear-Orange Smoothie, Julia from A Cedar Spoon takes classic holiday flavors and mixes them into a gorgeous pink smoothie, with some spinach and banana thrown in to boost the health factor. A perfect use of leftover cranberries!
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As gorgeous as it is scrumptious is the vegan creation from Kitchen Treaty. The Lava Flow smoothie may look like a fancy cocktail but it's actually made from three different fruits and a dash of light coconut milk. The recipe includes detailed instructions for how to achieve the swirly visual effect of the strawberry “lava” creeping up the side of the glass.
We usually picture smoothies as frosty treats, but during the cold months, why not try them hot? Nicky of Kitchen Sanctuary brainstormed a whole bunch of hot smoothie ideas recently. Try her Orange, Carrot, and Ginger Hot Smoothie next time you feel like you're coming down with a cold—it's like a soup-smoothie mashup, and so good for you.