There’s nothing better than a morning workout, a hot shower, and a refreshing smoothie to start your day. If done right, smoothies are an excellent, tasty way to get a full serving of fruits and veggies. But, it can be tricky to figure out which ingredients work well together. So, in an effort to get you the best of the best, I have searched high and low, creating batch after batch of every imaginable smoothie concoction, all in pursuit of the holy grail of smoothie recipes – packed with the healthful benefits of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and still filling enough to keep you going until lunchtime. So here it goes, the 5 best smoothie recipes. All of your smoothie prayers have been answered…hopefully 🙂

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#1: GREEN WARRIOR PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (from Oh She Glows)

Serves 1 (large) or 2 (med)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup destemmed dinosaur (“dino”) kale
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped celery (1 med. stalk)
  • 3-4 tablespoons hemp hearts (I use 4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes, as needed
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon algae oil (do not add to smoothie – take separately), optional

Directions: Juice half of a large red grapefruit and add 1/2 cup grapefruit juice the blender. Now add the kale, apple, cucumber, celery, hulled hemp seeds, mango, mint, coconut oil, and ice. Blend on high until super smooth. You can add a bit of water if necessary to get it blending. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately! This makes enough for a large glass with some leftover so you can also divide it into two servings. If using, take the algae DHA oil separately. I don’t add it to the smoothie because it impacts the overall flavor.

#2: FIVE-MINUTE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE (from The Kitchn)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen fruit medley (favorite: strawberry, mango, pineapple, papaya)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or nut butter)
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger

Directions:

Combine the almond milk, banana, frozen fruit, coconut oil, chia seeds, and powdered ginger in a blender and purée until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

#3: SWEET CITRUS AVOCADO DREAMBOAT SMOOTHIE (from Lunch Box Bunch)

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 2 small satsumas or 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1 cup kale or spinach
  • pinch of parsley
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 cup apple, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut water or water, chilled
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • dash cayenne (optional)

 #4: CASHEW AND MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE (from Simply Daily Recipes)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk

Directions: Blend in high-powered blender for 20 seconds, or until smooth.

#5: PINK POWER DETOX SMOOTHIE (from Oh She Glows)

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred), hulled if necessary
  • 1 small/medium beet, ends trimmed and roughly chopped*
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons or so)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 large ice cubes
  • 1 apple ( if sweeter smoothie is desired – optional), cored and roughly chopped)

Directions:

Steam beet if necessary before starting, if you don’t have a high-powered blender. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend on high until smooth. Adjust sweetness if desired, adding an apple or liquid sweetener to taste if needed.

Notes: If you are not a beet fan, try adding a handful of leafy greens instead of the beet and include the optional apple.

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Happy blending!

Coach Jentry

 

Gumsaba Outdoor Fitness Class schedule Thursday 1/22/15

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Womens only class – Coach Briana – Strength Training

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens only class – Coach Joel – Go Deep! Interval Training 

6AM Sunup Lafayette Co-Ed class – Coach Jentry –  Get that HIIT. 

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens class – Coach Briana – Strength Training

11:00AM Cytosport HIIT Training – Coach Briana (private class) 

12:00PM Cytosport Power Yoga – Coach Jentry (private class)