Time for a Smoothie Makeover!
Looking to add some variety to your morning smoothie? If so, you came to the right place. At the UltraWellness Center, we love our smoothies! Walking through the office first thing in the morning, you are sure to come across some smoothies of varying color and consistencies. This is because they can be a quick, easy, and delicious solution to the oh-so-important balanced breakfast. They are especially helpful for those who have dietary restrictions such as gluten, dairy, and eggs, that can make breakfast a bit more challenging. I decided to reach out to some of our staff, who you will often see with a smoothie in hand, to help inspire you with some of their favorites. Experiment with the following recipes and you never know, you may discover a new favorite of your own:
1. Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
Bailey Sheran, RN
It’s slightly sweet, smooth, creamy and leaves you feeling full and satisfied!
- Handful of frozen strawberries
- ½ frozen banana
- 2 handfuls frozen spinach/kale mix
- Almond or coconut milk (I don’t measure as I use the NutriBullet. Somewhere between ½ to ¾ cup)
- Big spoonful of almond or peanut butter OR a scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla PurePaleo by Designs for Health)
2. Berry Avocado Smoothie
Janet Chapman, Patient Coordinator
I like this smoothie because it has a great flavor/natural sweetness, without being too sweet, and there’s no aftertaste from this particular protein. It has a lot of healthy food in it that I am getting all at once, so it keeps me feeling full/satisfied for about 4 hours!
- ½ to ¾ cup of Wyman’s frozen fruit mix (Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cherries with Kale)
- ¼ of an avocado
- ½ of a small banana
- 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
- 2 Tbsp flax seed
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1 scoop PurePaleo unflavored, unsweetened collagen protein
- ½ cup coconut milk and ½ cup filtered water (I also use a Nutribullet so do not measure. Instead, I put all other ingredients in and then fill to just below the line on the cup)
I fill the liquid up to a little bit below the line on the NutriBullet cup, because once you put it on there to mix the collagen protein expands! When I was first making these smoothies, I filled the cup too much and it burst out of the cup all over the inside of the base of the Nutribullet. Lesson learned!
3. Spiced Walnut Ginger Smoothie
Lisa Dreher, MS, RDN, LDN
A creamy combo of nuts, berries, spices, and greens that is sure to make your morning great!
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 2-3 Brazil nuts
- 1 cup mixed frozen berries (I love mixing it up between wild blueberries, raspberries, aronia and golden berries)
- 1-inch piece of fresh or frozen ginger
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach or 1 scoop of this green powder.
- 1 scoop protein powder (I rotate between Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein, PurePaleo, organic Pea Protein and Vega One protein powders).
- Enough almond milk or water to cover the ingredients
- A dash of pumpkin pie spice
Blend and enjoy. This mixes great in my Vitamix! The longer I keep it blending, the smoother and thinner the consistency becomes. Experiment and see what you like best.
4. Chocolate Morning Milkshake
Ronit Menashe, Marketing Director
A decadent chocolate smoothie, full of protein and healthy fats!
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 2 1/3 Avocado or 1 spoonful of Almond Butter
- 1 serving Grass-Fed Chocolate Whey Protein (Reserveage Organics or Terra’s Whey)
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Water (Harmless Harvest)
- 1 Tbsp Organic Cacao Powder (Navitas Naturals)
- Optional: ½ frozen Banana, if you need more carbs or would like it to be sweeter
- Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
- 3-4 Ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
5. Make An Anything Smoothie
Eileen Bote, RDN, LDN
I never work off a recipe! Rather, I tend to check my fridge and see what I can use. I have found that lemon or lime rind will brighten and lighten just about any green laden smoothie. I also like picking herbs from my garden – basil, mint, lemon balm. I almost always add ginger root which is especially good with lemon, carrot, pineapple, and spinach.