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Smoothie recipes that are delicious AND nutritious

With all the new year's resolutions still ongoing, it can get a little...well, boring, trying to come up with healthy meals, scrolling Pinterest for ideas and trying to get excited at the idea of kale. But a great hack that I've discovered, that is both filling, tasty and nutritious are smoothies!

A great breakfast or lunchtime idea, these power boosts are a great way to get some of your five a day in when you're feeling sick of salads. I've chosen a few of my favourites for you to try out when you feel you need a tasty vitamin and mineral boost!

Beet Ginger Smoothie

chocolate lava cake

Ingredients

  • 2 Beets, Small
  • 1 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Carrot
  • 2 Dates, Pitted
  • Ginger root
  • 2 cups Mango
  • 1 1/2 cup Almond milk

Directions;

Peel and take the top of two beets. Slice them thinly and put into blender. Peel and slice ginger root and add to blender with beets. Place pitted dates, chopped carrots, chopped mango, blueberries and almond milk into blender. Blend until liquid and enjoy! Not only is this smoothie zesty, zingy and tasty, it's also a great immunity booster!

Spiced apple smoothie

Detox juice served on black table with apple and beetroot

Ingredients 

  • 2 apples
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 Cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ginger
  • ice

Quarter apples and remove core. Add to blender.

Place frozen bananas, spices, coconut milk and ice to blender and mix til liquid.

Vitamin C hit!

carrot juice on mason jar

Get an extra boost of Vitamin A and C with this citrusy smoothie!

Ingredients

  • Chopped mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Orange segments
  • 1 Lime's juice

Blend together for a deliciously refreshing way to get some of your five a day!

Get your greens in

person in white button up shirt holding clear drinking glass with green liquid

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Avocado, medium ripe
  •  1 inch knob Ginger
  • 1/2 cup Mango chunks, frozen
  • 1 cup Pineapple chunks, frozen
  • 2 cups Spinach, organic
  • 1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened

Peel ginger root and slice before putting it into a blender.

Add frozen mango and pineapple, along with spinach, avocado and almond milk. Blend til smooth.

Hydration boost

clear glass mason mug with red liquid

Ingredients

  • Frozen watermelon
  • frozen strawberries
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Mint leaves

Chop frozen watermelon into small chunks and add to the blender with frozen strawberries, honey, vanilla greek yoghurt, almond milk and a few sprigs of mint. Blend and enjoy!

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

person holding slice of banana on fruit shake har

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Avocado
  • 2 cups Baby spinach
  • 2 Bananas, medium
  • 4tbsp Cacao powder, raw
  • 2 cups Almond milk
  • 2tbsp Peanut butter, creamy unsweetened
  • 1/2tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp Chia seeds
  • 5 Ice cubes

Chop up spinach, frozen bananas, and avocado. Add to the blender with cocoa powder, almond milk, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chia seeds and ice cubes and blend. Enjoy your creamy, chocolatey shake!

Berry Nice

clear glass jar with brown powder

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 1/2 cup Berries, Frozen mixed
  • 3/4 cup Coconut milk, Light
  • 1 Low-calorie sweetener or honey

Simple and sweet this recipe doesn't require much prep! Chop up the bananas and pop it into the blender with the rest of the ingredients for a sweet, berrylicious treat!

Energy booster

pitcher of green beverage

Ingredients

  • handful of kale
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful of organic spinach
  • 1 chopped and peeled kiwi

Blend these superfoods together for the energy and vitamin boost you need to ge through the day bursting with goodness!

Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.

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