Pear-Strawberry-Orange Breakfast Smoothie

pear smoothiesNever hear to much about pears do you. I love pears, they are quite sweet, delicious and very juicy :) Did you know that pears only have about 100 calories each and have no sodium, fat or cholesterol? That makes it just about perfect dosen’t it? Pears are also a great source for fiber and vitamins A, C and K! So why don’t we hear more about them for smoothies? Well here is a great one for you mixed with strawberries and oranges for a great breakfast smoothie as well as an afternoon pick up.

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Flaxseed (for that boost of Omega 3s)
  • 1 orange, peeled of course
  • 1 unpeeled pear, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1 unpeeled apple, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1/4 ice
Place all the goodness into your blender and blend until smooth. If you dont have a vitamix blender cut your apples and pears into smaller pieces and add them to the blender a bit at a time.

Leafy Green Smoothie for Reduced Anxiety

Omega-3sThose that know me know I have bouts of general anxiety disorder (sometimes not so general) So i my reading on finding ways to reduce or eliminate my anxiety I have found that Omega 3s are quite helpful. In studies those that have increased their Omega 3s had shown a reduction in anxiety and depression. Most people get their Omega 3s from fish and fish oil tablets. A better way is in a smoothie!

No not blending your fish, but rather with dark leafy greens!  Leafy greens are a great source of Omega 3s, not as much as that fish but still a good source. Spinach and Kale along with Broccoli tops the list of good sources. Flaxseed is also rich in Omega 3s so that is why I try adding it to every smoothie I can!

Here is a great green smoothie to help with your anxiety and depression.

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 stalks fresh kale
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 large orange
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 2  bananas
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed

Blend in the veggies with the milk first, then add each of the fruits and finally the flaxseed. Blend until creamy and smooth! Serves about 3.

Carrot Citrus Coldbuster Smoothie

orange-carrotlately on Facebook it seems everyone has some sort of a cold going on. What better way to fight a cold than a vitamin packed smoothie in the morning! We all know vitamin C is the best thing to fight back a cold and Oranges are packed with this little vitamin. Carrots are also packed with nutritional and medicinal properties, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, with vitamin A toping them all off (over 400% RDA). Lastly we have the pineapple another fruit packed with vitamin C and manganese. It also is a source of bromeliad, an enzyme which may reduce inflammation and swelling.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups of cold water (start off with one cup and add more as needed)
  • 1-1/2 cups of ice

Mix all up in your favorite blender and serve :) Want an extra boost? substitute GoodBelly Mango Probiotic juice for the water!

image credit © Judy Unger

Pineapple Coconut Smoothies

Coconut Smoothies

Coconut Smoothies

Well it was a hot one last week and even though it seems the weather is changing it is still a little warm out. This tropical tasting smoothie will be sure to cool you down anytime of the day, but also makes a great way to start the day as well.

1 Peeled Orange
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup plain or vanilla non fat greek yogurt (optional)
1 banana
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup shredded coconut
Water as needed

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend at the highest setting for 30-60 seconds. Pour and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Orange Smoothie

Orange Smoothie

Well not quite that famous flavor but its close and very creamy. A great breakfast smoothie to start your day, adding an orange to get your vitamin C dose for the day it is quite tasty and I easily consumed the whole blender. As with most I start with the 1/4 of water and add a little more as needed if its to thick. I also added my protein powder and flaxseed to mine.

1/2 cup greek nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 large navel orange
1 cup frozen peaches
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/4-1/2 cup water

Orange-Blueberry Smoothie

Orange Blueberry Smoothie

Orange Blueberry Smoothie

Here’s a good one for you to get a good dose of your vitamin C and  a bucket load of antioxidants to help you feel healthy and younger (opinion not an FDA fact!). Great start to your day as a full breakfast on the go!

2 oranges (peeled of course) or 1/4 orange juice.
1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
1/2 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey or agave to taste
2 cups of ice

This makes about 2-3 servings, not my type of serving that would be 1. I prefer to use the fresh oranges from the juice, as most juice is from concentrate and has lots of added sugars.

Zen’s Cream Sickle Smoothie

Here is a recipe submitted by online and Deviant Art friend Zen

• 1.25 cups Silk brand vanilla soy milk (or substitute Rice or Almond Milk)
• ¾ cup yogurt
• ½ cup pineapple and mandarin oranges (mostly orange)
• ½ cup Tropicana Grove stand OJ with pulp
• 5 ice cubes
• **for added health add Flax Seed, or other health food additives that work for you.

Zen mentions the Tropicana OJ which is good, but for more health find a 100% pure OJ with no additives and not from concentrate.
makes 4-5 cups