Meatless Monday: Three Spectacular Smoothie Recipes

by Laura Knapp on March 12, 2012

By Laura Knapp

I had been yearning for a blender for quite some time so I was thrilled this past October when my mom surprised me with one for my birthday. And I have been on a homemade smoothie making craze ever since!

Event though juicing is all the craze these days, I asked for a blender this year instead of a juicer as I figured there was more I could create with it. I’ve had a lot of fun with it by adding interesting ingredients like spinach, rice protein powder, dates, hemp seed, flax seed and more! Here are three of my favorite concoctions to date… but for more of the smoothies I’ve created check out my “Smoothies I’ve Made” board on Pinterest!

Below are the recipes for the three smoothies above (from left to right)…

Tropical Smoothie

Serves 2

What You Need:

1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 cup frozen organic pineapple
Slices from ¼ of a fresh orange
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup filtered water
4 oz. of cranberry juice (Diet Ocean Spray)

Banana Lovers Smoothie

Serves 2

What You Need:

¾ cup spinach
¼ teaspoon hempseed
1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 frozen banana
2 regular bananas
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter (bonus: use handmade from Whole Foods)
1 teaspoon crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla rice protein powder

Saturday Smoothie

Serves 2

What You Need:

1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 teaspoon hempseed
½ tablespoon vanilla rice protein powder
½ cup cranberry juice (Diet Ocean Spray)
Juice of 1 lemon
¾ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup filtered water

How-To:

For all of the smoothies above, simply toss all of the ingredients in the blender and start blending. If you feel like the mixture needs more liquid in order to blend properly you can always add more water or juice.

Nutritional Benefits: Wheat Free, Dairy Free, No Sugar Added

Hemp Seed: Is one of the best sources of easily digestible plant protein above all nuts, seeds and plants. It contains all 20 amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids. Hemp seed contains 80% Omega fatty acids, including Omega-6, Omega-3 and vitamin E. Essential fatty acids are “essential” because the body does not make them on its own. They are an important antioxidant needed to protect the skin and build the immune system.

Bee Pollen: With a hefty amount of essential nutrients including vital amino acids, vitamin C and zinc which helps one stay focused for extended periods of time.

Rice Protein Powder: Contains essential amino acids and vitamins to support lean tissue formation and is a natural and healthy alternative to whey protein powder. Rice protein powder contains high concentrations of protein, vitamins and minerals so that the vegan athlete can meet their daily nutrition requirements with ease. Rice protein powder does not raise blood sugar levels because it does not contain extra sweeteners or additives; once consumed, it decreases hunger and keeps blood sugar levels steady.

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Love how you boosted the nutrition in your smoothies. They sound wonderful.

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Kay March 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

I love smoothies for breakfast, these look great!

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Amanda March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

I love smoothies and these sound very healthy!

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