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

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.

Almond Milk

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

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.

 

Healthy Smoothie Recipe

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

This healthy smoothie is versatile, nutritious, and tasty. Make this for an easy breakfast or snack by personalizing it to meet your health needs. Add a variety of fruit, protein powder, nut butter, or super foods to make it your own.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: Breakfast, Smoothies, Snacks
Servings: 2
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

You can substitute a variety of other fruits or add in 1-2 tablespoons nut butter,  a scoop of protein powder, 1-2 teaspoons of raw cacao p0wder, or other superfoods to make this smoothie fit your personal taste and health needs.
If you want your smoothie sweeter, increase to a whole banana.
If you want it thinner, add more almond milk or water.
A high-speed blender will work best to make this recipe smooth.

 

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