Vegan Smoothies

Smoothies are super-healthful and incredibly easy to make. Here's everything you need to know.

Smoothies might be the most convenient breakfast ever, and they’re one of the healthiest things you can possibly eat. A barebones smoothie is made of just water, soy milk or almond milk, plus some frozen fruit. You can of course also jazz things up with sweetener, dates, protein powder, or various kinds of nuts. Since they’re made in a blender rather than a juicer, smoothies contain all the fiber of whatever fruit you’re using.

An increasingly popular variant of regular smoothies is a “green smoothie.” Kale and spinach often play a starring role here, and some people will boost the chlorophyll content even further by adding spirulina or chlorella. I must hasten to add that, prepared ineptly, there is no beverage quite as vile as a green smoothie. But done right, it’s possible to get the kale and the sweetness of the fruit to balance nicely, so you’ve got something that’s quite delicious. In any event, it’s hard to come up with a more hardcore health food than a green smoothie.

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 sliced frozen banana
  • 1 handful frozen mango
  • 1 handful frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk (adjust according to how thick you want your smoothie)

Directions: Using a high powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, blend the spinach and almond milk. Doing this step first helps prevent green spinach flakes in your smoothie. Next, add the mango and pineapple and blend well. You can easily modify this recipe by swapping in your favorite fruits—but avoid red or purple fruits because they will turn your green smoothie a murky brown color.

While you can make a typical fruit smoothie in a cheap blender, fibrous kale-based smoothies demand a Blendtec or Vitamix for best results.

    

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