3 Badass Smoothies Provide Power For Your Day

February 21, 2017

Smoothies are a phenomenal way take in a broad range of nutrients quickly.   They are perfect for breakfast on the go or as an easy, midday snack.  Unfortunately, buying smoothies is unnecessarily expensive, and often are packed with ridiculous amounts of sugar and/or artificial flavors.  So, save your wallet and your health with this addition to Casey’s Kitchen.  I’ve included recipes for 3 of my favorite DIY smoothies!

Just a couple notes on smoothie making before moving forward.

1.) Use whole fiber juices.  Dietary fiber is vital for gut health, insulin resistance, controlling inflammation, and more.  Check out the benefits here.

2.) Choose high quality protein supplements.  There is a vast ocean of supplements out there, and I encourage you to do your own research to find supplements that align with your desired use.  Personally, my favorite thus far is called Gnarly Feast.  They use whey protein from grass fed cattle; they include whole food complexes of pre/probiotics, antioxidants, and immunity boosters; and they use stevia instead of sugar!

3.)  A couple of my recipes call for chia pudding, so check out my recipe for chia pudding here.

4.)  Blenders.  There are many to choose from, and chances are the one you own will do just fine, but here are some options for you to browse.  Magic bullet is a good, budget option.  The Ninja 1,500 watt System is a great mid-range blender that has individual cups as well as a full blender attachment strong enough to crush most seeds (I use this one).  And Vitamix is the industry standard for any commercial smoothie business, and it will pulverize almost anything.

Now, on to the smoothies!  These are recipes for a single serving, so simply multiply the ingredients for larger batches.

Green Means Go
1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice (or chopped fresh pineapple)
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
(I recommend Honey flavored Zoi)
1 heaping Tbs. Chia Pudding
1 Cup TIGHTLY packed Greens
(I recommend a mixture of chard, spinach, and kale)
6 Quarter-sized slices of fresh ginger (about 2 Tbs)

Berry Behemoth
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt (Honey Zoi)
OR
4 Tbs Vanilla Protein Powder + 2 Tbs Yogurt
1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Tbs Natural Peanut Butter (heaped)
*Optional:  1 Tbs. Hemp Hearts
(Some people like ’em.  Some don’t.)

Spiced Apple Energy Bomb
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
3/4 of a Honeycrisp Apple (chopped)
1 Tbs. Almond Butter (heaped)
1 Tbs. Chia pudding (heaped)
Less than 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Less than 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/8 tsp. Vanilla Extract
*Optional:  1 tsp. Honey for added sweetening