Health/Beauty

Super Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes with Melissa Wood

I should be Nurtibullet’s brand ambassador I promote this freaking blender so much. If anyone who works for the company is reading this, please feel free to send me the new fancy model because quite frankly, I’ve earned it.

I got my current Nutribullet at target for $100. I think the price has dropped to $89.00 now, and the value that I have gotten out if it is amazing. Living in Miami and NYC, I could easily spend $10 a day on a smoothie at places like Jugo Fresh or Liquiteria. Instead, why not just buy the ingredients of your favorite smoothie, take ten minutes and make it yourself?

So since I get so much joy and deliciousness from my little blender, I wanted to share some of my favorite smoothie recipes with the help of my bestie and Health Coach, Melissa Wood (Check out her site Melissawoodhealth.com for more great recipes and natural health info – she’s amazing).

 Green Mocha (my favorite – great as a power house breakfast)

  • 1 cup Iced coffee (I buy Califia Farms cafe latte from Whole Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 handful of organic spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao nibs (cacao powder has been recalled)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Note from Melissa: This powerhouse smoothie is packed with fiber and protein, leaving you feeling fuller longer thanks to the almond butter and chia seeds. Feeling satiated is essential before a good workout. I always recommend adding greens to your smoothie to alkalinize the body and balance out the smoothie especially when coffee is added. The cacao nibs add a great chocolate flavor and texture. They are also a great source of magnesium. 1 sip of this baby and you’ll be hooked!

Purple Power

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 organic celery stalk
  • 1 tsp cashew butter
  • 1 tsp flax powder
  • 2 cups coconut water

 Note from Melissa: Raw nuts and nut butters are a great source of protein and leave you feeling fuller longer. I personally love cashew and almond butter to add to your smoothie. Nuts are a very dense food so it’s important to balance them out with some greens. Adding berries to a smoothie is always a good idea for a boost of antioxidants and natural sweet flavors.

Sweet Greens

  • 2 cups organic almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 organic figs
  • 1 organic date
  • 1 cup organic spinach

 Note from Melissa: Almond milk is a great base because it adds protein and substance to your smoothie. Dates are rich in dietary fiber and are nature’s best natural sweetener. Figs are also naturally sweet when ripe and loaded with antioxidants and minerals.

Hangover Cure

  • 1 cup raw coconut water
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup spinach

 Note from Melissa: The one thing in life we all want to avoid- a hangover. Coconut water is essential for naturally hydrating the body and contains more potassium than 4 bananas. Pears are one of the highest fiber fruits that are low glycemic. Spinach is a great add in for smoothies because it blends smoothly and is a great beauty food due to the high vitamin K. This smoothie is sure to put your hangover to rest.

Creamy Delicious

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tbs cacao beans
  • 1 tbsp flax powder

smoothie avacado

Note from Melissa: By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that bananas are a favorite ingredient. Bananas have a high concentration of fiber and Vitamin C, which helps promote good digestion and prevents constipation. Yes, Please! Avocados add a delicious and creamy texture that blends well with the banana. They have one of the highest amino acid contents of all fruit, which builds protein in the body. Flaxseeds contain among the highest levels of fiber in any food. This also helps aid in regularity. A must!

Superfood add-ins:

They can be expensive, but these superfood add-ins to your smoothies boost your vitamin, protein and fiber intake.

smoothie super foods

  • Camu Camu$16: Most famous for its mega-C content, boasting 30 to 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange. It also features beta-carotene, potassium and many amino acids.
  • Maca $17: Nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.
  • Cacao nibs or powered $14: Cacao is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron.
  • Flax seeds $5:Contain fiber, ALA, protein and SDG lignans. Fiber promotes digestive health. ALA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that supports hearth health and helps to maintain beautiful hair, skin and nails. SDG lignans are phytonutrients that exhibit antioxidant properties and support balanced hormones.
  • Chia seeds $9: Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, fiber and contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Hope this helps you kick up your smoothie game and save some money on those pricey juice spots. As a side note – Melissa uses a vitamix blender, but you know this frugal chick is sticking to her Nutribullet. Enjoy!

 

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