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Organic Smoothies Recipes – My 5 Favorites!

In my home our favorite breakfasts are organic smoothies.  Why smoothies? They’re fun, they’re tasty, and you can pack so many nutrients in just one drink! Why organic?  Organic promises you and your family the least amount of pesticides in your food or in this case your smoothie. Now, I am raising 3 kids of my own so I know sometimes it is hard to buy all organic all the time, and that’s when I use my little trick.  The easiest way I remember is like this, “If you eat the skin, always buy it organic, if you don’t then it is okay to go conventional (but I will always advocate that organic is best!).  So I always buy all organic berries, apples, lettuce, carrots, and peppers.  Now that we got that covered let’s make some organic smoothies!

My son is the pickiest eater in my family…and he knows it too.  He wants so bad to like “vegetables” but it’s hard for him to eat them, so what do I do? I put them in his organic smoothies, and yes he knows it and yes he loves them!  If you have a super blender (like a Blendtec or Vitamix) you will be able to use about any vegetable or fruit you like or even the Nutri Bullet does a great job.  If you are like many who have a standard blender I will give you other options too.

Now I have to be honest, I haven’t measured out my organic smoothies in years, after you make so many you just kind of just get used to the idea of what works. And so measurements have become “handfuls, dashes, and sprinkles”, but I’ll give you some recipe (ideas) to get you started.  Feel free to substitute and change things up to you and your family’s preference! Each of these organic smoothies recipes serve about 2 people.

Blueberry Buckle Organic Smoothiesblueberry-buckle-organic-smoothies

  • 1 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 Handful of spinach or kale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup liquid of choice (any juice or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 c water
  • Ice (if I use frozen fruit then I don’t add much ice, if any)

*Sweetener -if you are like me and still like to add a little sweetness to it, I usually add a few drops of some vanilla stevia or a scoop of raw honey and sometimes a few dates (dates require a super blender)

*My kids love a dash of cinnamon too.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Organic Smoothies

Blend:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey (or stevia to taste)
  • 3 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 c ice cubes

*If you are watching your calories or fat intake you can use organic powdered peanut which has 85% less fat.

Also if you want more “shake like” organic smoothies, freeze your bananas beforehand.  My kids love having this for breakfast.  My daughter is also now peanut sensitive, so I make this smoothie for her using almond butter and tastes just as delicious.

Orange Creamsicle (Vitamix/Blendtec) Organic Smoothiescreamsicle-organic-smoothies

Blend:

  • 3 or 4 oranges peeled
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Handful of nuts (I like cashews, because they are creamy)
  • 1-2carrots or 1/2 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup of milk of choice (I like using almond or coconut for a little tropical twist)
  • Vanilla stevia (this helps with the creamsicle part of the smoothie, if you don’t have Vanilla Crème Stevia, you can always use a little bit of Vanilla extract too)
  • Ice (I usually add a bunch of ice, the kids like this one really cold)

Very Berry Blast Organic Smoothies

Blend:

  • 1 cup liquid (orange juice is good with this one, but I usually just add water)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of Raw Honey (more or less for taste or substitute with Stevia)

Tropical Green Smoothie Organic Smoothies

Blend:

  • 1/2 cup milk (coconut or almond milk is delicious in this)
  • 2 cups raw spinach or kale (if you do not have a super blender, might want to steam your kale first)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ice

Green Drinks are all the rage right now, but I hope it’s not just a fad for you, because there are good reasons for all the hype.  They are packed full of green goodness, greens have phytochemicals which are essential for proper functioning of the immune system and to enable our body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases.  If you hate eating greens, smoothies are a perfect way to add them to your diet.

General Rules for Experimenting with Organic Smoothies

  1. Add 1/2 cup of liquid for all recipes
  2. Add 1 whole banana (the riper the better) for most recipes
  3. Many like yogurt in their smoothies, add 1/2 cup of organic Greek yogurt to any of your smoothies, it will give it a creamier, slightly tart taste.
  4. If you like yours thicker add more ice, for thinner add more liquid

My Favorite Boost of Nutrition for Organic Smoothies:

A tablespoon of any of the following or a combination:

  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Spirulina
  • Flax seed (or meal or even oil if you have it)
  • Coconut Oil ( sometimes it will clump because true coconut oil solidifies when cold, so make sure you melt it first and make sure it’s not too hot, then while blender is whirling pour it in slowly)
  • Squeeze of lemon packs a good punch
  • Fresh ginger (start small maybe a 1/4 of a teaspoon and work up ginger is awesome when combined with greens or oranges)

Hope this guide to organic smoothies helps you on your way to making nutritious delicious organic smoothies you whole family will love!

 

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