What's New: 4 Smoothies to Start the New Year

With the New Year knocking at the door, I already have friends, family members and guests asking us what is the best smoothie to make. Smoothies seem to be the quintessential food people think of when trying to get "healthy". My brother-in-law even got a Ninja blender for Christmas so he can make smoothies and protein shakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

If you are new to smoothies, it's quite simple.

Basic smoothie recipe:
100% juice or milk (cow, almond, soy, etc)
Fruit or vegetables of choice
Favorite add ins (protein powder, wheat germ, flax, etc)
(extra water or fluid if you like it more liquidy)

Once you get the hang of a basic recipe then you can really branch out. Last year my husband was so sweet to buy me a Vitamix (the Rolls-Royce of blenders - there's nothing this thing won't liquify - hehe). I've had more fun coming up with all sorts of low-calorie smoothies: pumpkin pie, key lime, mojito, spinach and berries and the list goes on and on.

Green smoothies have become quite popular the past two years. You can't mess up a green smoothie. Basically you add a whole bunch of your favorite greens and then find ways to flavor it so you don't feel like you are drinking liquified spinach and kale. We love mixing greens with pineapple juice and blueberries. The darker berries actually make the smoothie look more purple so you don't have to get over the visual hurdle of a thick green drink sliding down your throat.

Here are a few smoothie tips and then some recipes, of course.

Goals for a smoothie:
- sneak in more fruits and vegetables
- sneak in some superfoods you wouldn't normally eat (flax seed, chia, spinach, wheat germ, etc)
- be sure to include some protein to help you feel full longer (whey protein, rice protein, milk, tofu, etc)

Making a smoothie vegan:
- use soy, almond, rice, oat or any other plant based milk
- use tofu as a protein source (you won't know it's there) or experiment with rice or pea proteins
- switch out honey for agave nectar

Did you know we have Eating Well Recipes on our website that allow you to add the ingredients to your shopping list?

Here are 4 smoothies off of our Market Street Website with nutrition facts and food exchanges. When you open the recipe you can click "Add Selected Items to Shopping List" and voila!

1. Banana Cocoa-Soy Smoothie

2.  Berry Banana Smoothie

3. Citrus Berry Smoothie

4. Wake-up Smoothie

Have a favorite smoothie recipe? We'd love to hear about it!

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