GoodBelly Probiotic Smoothie

Goodbelly Probiotic JuicesThis morning I tried something a new to mix things up. Goodbelly is the maker of several lines of Probiotic products. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are used in your intestines to help in digestion. It has been suggested that adding good bacteria can help in a healthy lifestyle and improve your health. While use of antibiotics and poor diet can diminish these good bugs, adding the good ones now and then can help balance things out again.

Goodbelly offers these little bugs in several forms, shots, powder or a nice juice beverage. I usually take the shots several times a week but this time I picked up a container of one of their juices. These are made with all natural organic juices while also being dairy and soy free. So I thought what a great way to get my probiotics and make a healthy smoothie as well.

  • 1 Cup or Watermelon and Cranberry Goodbelly Juice (you can use one of the others if you wish, its ok)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peaches
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Apple (cored of corse)

Makes about 4 cups

Now the Goodbelly juice is not the cheapest (quart cost me about $3.50  i think at sprouts) so may not be a regular thing for you, but should be a good addition if you can do it a couple times a week. Their site does offer coupons every so often and some to get started so check them out.

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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

Avocado Green Smoothie

green_smoothieYes avocado! Avocados are rich in vitamin B and E, great for cancer protection and cardiovascular health. So why not add it to your morning smoothie for a great nutritional boast. I recommend 1/4 of a avocado or so for your smoothie, maybe half if you are making a large amount. As mentioned in another post the key to green smoothies is the having a higher ratio of fruit. In this one I added pineapple as it tends to dominate any other flavors.

1/2 cup of non fat greek yogurt
1 banana
1 cup packed baby spinach
1/4 – 1/2 pealed and pitted avocado
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/4-1/2 cup of water (add as needed if to thick)

Makes about 4 8oz servings, or 2 large glasses :)

Refreshing Grape Smoothie

Grape Smoothie!

Grape Smoothie!

This smoothie makes a great healthy breakfast smoothie or a refreshing snack any time of the day. I stocked up on some different fruits last week and had to start using them. and wanted something lite this time around. This one is a bit more juice and not as thick as the banana or yogurt smoothies.

2 Cups Black Grapes (you can use red or green if you wish)
2 Cups Frozen Peaches
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries (about 2-3 large ones)
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed (get those Omega-3s)
1 Cup of Water (or Ice)

This makes about 4 cups worth or for me 2 servings :) add some non fat yogurt if you want to cream it up and get a boost of protein! Can even add a tablespoon of Agave if you want it a little sweeter.

Peachy Nectarine Smoothie

Peachy Nectarine Smoothie

Peachy Nectarine Smoothie

Here is a simple one I just threw together a few mins ago and mmmm was it tasty. As always you are welcome to add any additive as yogurt, flaxseed or protein. I decided to keep it simple as I was looking to boost rehydration and vitamins.

1 med sized banana
2 Nectarines (goes with out saying please pit them)
1 cup (or so) of frozen peaches
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of ice

Being a dude, not sure the correct way to pit a nectarine but I found it easy to just start cutting away at the fruit around the pit and toss the chunks in. Special note, make sure all stickers are off your fruits. They dont liquefy in any blender :)

Pink Coconut Water Smoothie

Coconut Water Smoothies

Coconut Water Smoothies

This was my first experience with a coconut water smoothie. I had read about coconut water helping with acid reflux so I bought a couple boxes of it… of course before ever trying it. Not a big fan of the taste, but it is great for a good smoothie ingredient. The portions below make about one serving, but you can of course scale up and share with the family.

11 ounces coconut water (unsweetened)
1/3 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup ice
1 tbsp lemon juice

Found this over at Healthy, Happy, Life which is a site devoted to Vegan lifestyle. Check it out if you are looking for some great recipes!