The Five Best Summer Smoothies

By on July 22, 2014
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We’ve chosen our five favourite smoothie recipes from top Canadian and North American cookbooks to share with you.

Our readers favourite was Strawberry Fields by Natasha Kyssa from The Simply Raw Kitchen!

The winner of the Blendtec Designer 725 Blender is Christina Steman from Edmonton, AB.
 

 

 

 

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    Blueberry Quinoa

 

 

 

Blueberry Quinoa

The Peruvian super-grain quinoa is nearly a complete food in and of itself. It’s a complete protein (meaning it provides all the essential amino acids), it’s high in water-soluble fiber, and it contains healthy fats.

2 tablespoons cooked quinoa
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ large frozen banana, chopped
½ cup (125 mL) frozen raspberries
¾ cup (175 mL) frozen blueberries
½ serving unsweetened protein powder
1 tablespoon (15 mL) wheat germ
Ice cubes (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Add ice if preferred. Blend until desired consistency is reached, adding water to thin out if necessary.

Creamy Green

This smoothie contains two amazing sources of essential fatty acids: chia seeds and avocado.

½ cup water (or more, depending
on preferred texture)
½ small frozen banana, chopped
2½ cups fresh spinach
½ cup chopped cored unpeeled apple
⅛ avocado, peeled and sliced
½ serving unsweetened protein powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Ice cubes (optional)

Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Add ice if preferred. Blend until desired consistency is reached, adding more water to thin out if necessary. For men or those 170 pounds and up, increase ingredients by one-third.

Blueberry Quinoa and Creamy Green Smoothie recipes are from “The Body Reset Diet Cookbook” by Harley Pasternak, MSc. Copyright © Bodiworx Health & Fitness, Inc., 2014. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Canada Books Inc. Photography: Maya Visnyei Photography  

Strawberry Fields Smoothie

MAKES 1–2 SERVINGS
The ultimate “mylkshake.” Over the years, I’ve fooled many of my son’s “fussy eater” friends into believing that this creamy pink shake is made with “normal” ingredients! Be sure to slip in nutritional extras like I do.

2 cups (500 mL) almond (or other non-dairy) mylk
2 cups (500 mL) frozen strawberries
½ banana (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2–3 pitted soft Medjool dates

In a blender, process all ingredients until smooth.

Courtesy of “The Simply Raw Kitchen” by Natasha Kyssa. Copyright @ 2013
Reprinted with permission. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver

Hot Watermelon Cooler

1⁄2 cup cranberry juice
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 slice watermelon, cut into chunks
2 tbsp chopped hot green chiles
2 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS
In a blender, combine cranberry juice, lime juice, watermelon, chiles and ice. Secure lid and process using the chop or pulse function until smooth.

Pink Lassi

1⁄2 cup cranberry juice
1⁄4 cup frozen raspberries
6 frozen strawberries
1⁄4 cup plain yogurt

In a blender, combine cranberry juice, raspberries, strawberries and yogurt. Secure lid and blend from low to high if using a variable speed blender until smooth.

Hot Watermelon Cooler and Pink Lassi are courtesy of “The Smoothies Bible, 2nd Ed.” by Pat Crocker © 2010 www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with permission.

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