HEALTH: Five Superfood Smoothie Recipes

assorted fruit smoothies

Forget your go-to strawberry and banana smoothie combo and sip on something healthy AND exciting this fall!  Thanks to antioxidant-rich berries, nuts and green tea, these five recipes are packed with superfood power.

To Make:  In the order listed, place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.  If you are using frozen fruit instead of fresh, only use 3/4 cup of ice.

1. Berry-Cherry Chiller

1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup pitted and halved cherries
1/2 cup lowfat plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sip Tip: Pure vanilla extract has less calories than flavored syrup, so try not to substitute.

2. Island Mango Madness

1 cup ice cubes
3/4 cup chopped mango
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons canned pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch cayenne pepper

Sip Tip:  The mango does not need to be soft.

3. Green Tea-Melon Sipper

1 cup ice cubes
1 cup cubed honeydew melon
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon matcha

Sip Tip: Matcha – green tea powder –  dissolves in beverages, releasing more antioxidants.

4. Triple-Berry Blast

1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup drained, silken tofu (yes, tofu!)
2 tablespoons acai juice
2 teaspoons agave nectar
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon

Sip Tip: The acai juice can be substituted with pomegranate juice.

5. Banana Shake

1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup lowfat almond milk
1 medium frozen banana, peeled and sliced
1 Medjool date, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted almond butter

Sip Tip: For a better taste, look on the almond butter ingredient list for roasted nuts instead of raw.

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