Need a New Healthy Smoothie?
With the hot weather that we finally got in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve had smoothies on my mind. In fact, I’ve made this healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast almost every day this week!
Smoothies can be cooling, satisfying, and nutrient-dense if made properly. You can find a gazillion healthy smoothie recipes out there, and here’s why I like this one over many others.
1) It’s Versatile
You can use this recipe as a base and add a variety of ingredients to make it your own.
- A tablespoon or two of nut butter or organic protein powder will amp up the protein content.
- Substitute or add cherries, mango, peaches, strawberries, or pineapple.
- Milk thistle will support the liver, an essential detoxification organ.
- 1/4 teaspoon of spirulina or chlorella will increase the nutritional value of this smoothie, exponentially.
- Cinnamon or ginger will spice it up, and both support healthy digestion.
- Raw cacao provides antioxidants and will add a lovely chocolaty flavor. My kids love cacao mixed with banana and nut butter.
2) It’s Full of Nutritious Ingredients
This healthy smoothie recipe has kale, carrot, blueberries, bananas, almond milk, and chia seeds for a variety of health benefits to power up your morning. As a gut health coach, I’m always thinking of the effects of each ingredient on digestive and overall health. Here’s a brief summary of the ingredients in this recipe.
Kale, Carrots, and Blueberries
Kale, carrots, and blueberries all boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and support healthy digestion. Blueberries and kale also support heart health. They’re all good sources of vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. Carrots and kale are also good sources of vitamin A.
Bananas support motility, digestion, circulation, cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and help to reduce inflammation. I’ve included only 1/2 of a banana in this recipe because some people with bacterial overgrowth in their small intestine don’t do well with too many bananas. If bananas tend to be a problem for you, you can easily substitute strawberries.
Almonds support strong bones and teeth, heart health, and healthy cholesterol. They can also aide in weight loss and are a good source of magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, and riboflavin.
Chia seeds are a great source of healthy, omega 3 fats. They support healthy blood sugar levels, brain function, weight loss, and digestion. Chia seeds that have been soaked for at least ten minutes are a great source of fiber and help to boost motility. They offer a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.
3) It Still Tastes Good!
Even with all the nutrition packed into one small glass in this healthy smoothie recipe, this beverage still has a lovely flavor with a good balance of almond milk and fruit to veggies and seeds.
Need to know how to make homemade almond milk? Try out this almond milk recipe. Or are you looking for more nutritious and easy breakfast or snack recipes? Try this chia pudding or these almond butter protein balls.
Delicous, Healthy Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 TBL chia seeds
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 banana fresh or frozen
- 2-3 kale leaves torn into large pieces
- 1 small -med carrot cup into large chunks
- Add the almond milk and chia seeds
- Then add the blueberries and banana
- Finally, add the kale and carrots
- Blend until smooth, pour, and enjoy!