14 Smoothies for a Healthy Start to 2014

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14 smoothies for a healthy start in 2014

Every day that passes, my love of healthy smoothies grows a little bit stronger. All it took to get me to start eating a healthy breakfast was a blender that would crush ice and puree frozen fruit. Since my new blender arrived I’ve discovered so many flavor combinations that I otherwise would have thought didn’t belong together.

I’ve also been scouring the internet to find new and delicious flavor combinations for smoothies and found many that would make a healthy breakfast.

The thing that really surprises me most about some of these recipes is the creative ways you can hide ingredients.¬†For extra protein, many smoothie recipes include protein powders and nuts. For extra fiber, vegetables hidden with the sweet fruit include: cabbage, spinach, kale and other leafy greens you might otherwise find in a salad but instead it’s blended perfectly smooth and easy to digest. I’ve even seen a few with extra sweeteners like natural maple syrup and honey.

For anyone like me who is trying to find ways to eat healthier in 2014, smoothies are definitely the way to go. They’re the perfect breakfast (or afternoon snack) that never gets boring or bland because of the thousands of flavor combination. I love being able to make one small change like using almond milk instead of orange juice to turn a tart smoothie into a creamy smoothie.

I’d love to hear from you … what unique flavor combinations do you make into smoothies?

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  1. I love veggies, but I’m not big on fruit, so smoothies are one of the only ways I eat it! These all look delicious–thanks for including 2 from my blog!

    • Kiersten, that really surprises me. I’m with you on the veggies though. If it weren’t for my meat loving husband, I’d eat vegetarian.

  2. Smoothies are the only way I can get breakfast in! My favorite smoothie has a mix of blueberry, peanut butter and bananas among other things, yum ;D

  3. Now I’m majorly craving a smoothie… time to fire up the blender :D

  4. Yum! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes. I love making smoothies for breakfast.

    • Barbara Montag says:

      I like smoothies in the morning also.
      Not very hungry at that time so perfect and easy!

  5. Barbara Montag says:

    I like Kefir (probiotic smoothie) berries romaine lettuce avocado and chia seeds.

  6. Smoothies are so big right now! This is one thing I can really get into. Like you, I love that you can hide things like spinach and get them into my kiddos :)

  7. I’m really wanting to start trying smoothies for breakfast! This is a great post with a bunch of ideas, thanks!

  8. I am (slightly) smoothie obsessed! Pinned this for later — they all look soo good!

  9. A friend of mine made a protein smoothie for me before I had ventured into such territory. It had some kind of protein powder, fruit and almond milk. I don’t know what else. It was pretty tame by many standards using ingredients that didn’t require refrigeration or that she was able to keep in her small fridge at work. I loved it. I’ve been on the search for the recipe ever since. Probably would make more sense if I just asked her.

  10. I started making my own healthier smoothies last year around St. Patrick’s Day when I realized how much I was spending on the Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and how unhealthy it was for me. Now I love making my own. I bought a smoothie blender and life has never been the same since.

  11. During the colder weather I juice more than I smoothie. Personally I like smoothies more during Summer. I also use more vegetables as a base, like spinach and kale (which is a super food) and then add less fruits to keep the sugar levels down. Fruit is a natural sugar, however, too much fruit can spike your blood sugar level quickly, which will then leave you tired later. I will have to check these out. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Smoothies are so great. My favorite thing to do is add a bit of flax and also a tablespoon of coconut oil.

    Thanks!