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Cold Cure Smoothie

Cold Cure Smoothie

It should be no surprise that the recipes most people are looking for this season are cold- and flu-fighting drinks. From the newly opened Magic Mix Juicery, a contemporary, raw grab-and-go concept from certified health coach Jil Larsen, the Cold Cure smoothie is an easy recipe for when you're under the weather.


  • 13 Ounces freshly squeezed organic orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup frozen organic pineapple
  • 2 organic curly kale leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon "truly natural vitamin C" by HealthForce nutritionals (available at health stores)


Calories Per Serving215

Folate equivalent (total)175µg44%

Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg10.5%

15 of the Best Juice Recipes for Battling a Cold

Today I am going to outline a variety of different juices for those suffering with a common cold.

Never underestimate a common cold as it can develop into something worse.

Doctors regard this health issue as a slight viral infection of the throat, nose, upper airways and sinuses and usually clears up within a period of two weeks. Sneezing, sore throat, runny or blocked nose or cough are major symptoms but in more severe cases, you may experience fever, aching muscles and headache.

Although your general cold has no direct cure, over-the-counter medications can be used to prevent it from further complications most especially if it stays longer than a couple of weeks. On top of this, hydration by means of drinking lots of water and liquids is highly beneficial.

Cure That Cold Smoothie

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  • Number of servings : 1
  • Prep time : 5 Minutes
  • Cook time : 5 Minutes
  • Course : Smoothies


Under the weather? Feel a cold coming on? Blending up this smoothie may awaken your immune system.

**This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.***


  • 8 Fluid Ounce (fl oz) Carrot Juice, Canned
  • 2 Cup Pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon (TBSP) Honey Tablespoon
  • 1 Clove Garlic Clove
  • 1 Teaspoon (tsp) Ginger Root
  • 1 Tablespoon (TBSP) Vinegar, Cider


1. Place all ingredients in a blender in order listed above.
2. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds to desired consistency.
3. Pour into your favorite chilled glass and enjoy!

Cold Cure Smoothie - Recipes

So you’ve got a cold, maybe paired with a cough and right now you’ll do anything for some relief. This smoothie will not only provide you that relief but help fight off the symptoms and combat your cold in an all-natural way.

When you read over the ingredients, that may be somewhat difficult to trust that it tastes good, but it sure does. We tried it! We gulped that whole thing down. One of us even had a sore throat and vouches for its sweet relief.

With only 5 ingredients and a blender, you can get break away from the soups, teas and lozenges and truly have an on-the-go drink that you will thoroughly enjoy (and not suffer through) every single sip.


  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ginger puree
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • splash of water



  • Place all the ingredients in the blender.
  • Blend on high until smooth, adding a splash of water if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
  • Pour into a glass, and enjoy.

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

How to Make Herbal Smoothies (Plus a Lemon Verbena Recipe)

Lemon Verbena Nectar Smoothie is on the menu today! This is a recipe from my book, The Herbal Kitchen. It is a super simple tasty and refreshing treat.

But first, there is something about lemon verbena. Have you noticed it?

What happens when you smell it?

Having introduced this plant to well over a thousand people, here is what I know about lemon verbena.

It makes people smile and say, “Ahhhhhhhhh!” Yep, that’s it. Hands down, lemon verbena has the biggest “wow” factor of any plant I know of when people ingest its wonderful aroma.

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citriodora)

I have seen people coo, croon, squeal and sigh on their first date with lemon verbena. When I hear people smell lemon verbena, the word that comes to mind is…delight. (Yes, I listen to people when they smell plants.)

The lemon verbena delight response transfers into the kitchen and all the wonderful drinks you can make using lemon verbena. Watch someone smell lemon verbena tea for the first time, you’ll see it. Their eyes light up and you’ll hear that little squeal of delight under their breath.

Over the years I just kept noticing how happy people become when they smell lemon verbena in the garden or in their tea. What is that fleeting moment of stress reduction worth? You won’t find this as a listed benefit in the herbal materia medica, but it feels vitally important to have an herbal ally that just helps you to take a deep breath, relax and feel good if even for a moment.

I have lemon verbena growing by my front door. When I come home I squeeze a bit of the leaf, take a whiff and instantly feel calmer and settle into being home.

Its delicious aroma, flavor and calming effect put lemon verbena into the category of “superb beverage herb.” It supports digestion and reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, but I don’t use lemon verbena to “treat” anything. I use it to make my teas taste better and to give people that little hit of happiness. We use lemon verbena all spring and summer long in drinks and smoothies. It’s cooling, calming with a splash of delight!

Before we get into the recipe, let’s talk a little about making herbal smoothies. As you’ll see, there are lots of possible variations and add-ons for you to experiment with.

Ingredients for Herbal Smoothies

  • Herbal teas: Burdock, chamomile, elder flower, ginger, hawthorn berry, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, mint, oatstraw, orange peel, rose hips, rose petals and tulsi are good teas for making smoothies with
  • Fresh herbs: Basil, cilantro, Calendula petals, dandelion greens, lemon balm, parsley, mint, rose petals
  • Fruit: Fresh or frozen
  • Creamy ingredients: Dairy, nut or coconut milk or yogurt (optional)
  • Sweeteners: Honey, maple syrup, dates or sweetener of choice
  • Add-on possibilities: Dash of herbal vinegar, powdered herbs or spice blends, powdered seaweed

How to Make Herbal Smoothies

  1. Make a tea with fresh or dried herbs use a single herb tea or your favorite tea blend.
  2. Strain the herbs from the tea.
  3. Put the tea in a blender.
  4. Add fresh or frozen fruit.
  5. If using fresh fruit, add small handful of ice.
  6. Add fresh herbs.
  7. Add yogurt or milk of choice (optional).
  8. Blend everything well in the blender.
  9. Taste and decide whether you need sweetener.

Kitchen Notes

  • Herbal smoothies are a great place to sneak more greens into your diet. Even if you are making a sweet smoothie treat with bananas and strawberries, you can add a handful of fresh parsley or peppermint.
  • Fruits like banana and apple don’t usually need a sweetener, whereas the astringent berries like blueberry and raspberry do well with a little honey or maple syrup.
  • If you use frozen fruit, there is no need for ice. I put much less ice in our herbal smoothies than a smoothie you would buy at the juice bar. Too much ice is hard on the stomach, so only use just enough ice or frozen fruit to give your smoothie the thick, crunchy texture you are looking for.
  • Enjoy your smoothie chilled but not too cold. Frozen drinks hinder digestion and cause congestion. Drink your cool smoothies in the heat of the day, not at night when your digestive capacity is waning. If you deal with congestion or allergies, refrain from cold smoothies altogether.
  • One more tip: Avoid the mistake of carrying on with your spring and summer smoothie habit into the winter. Once the weather starts cooling down, transition into drinking beverages that are room temperature or warm.

Lemon Verbena Nectar Smoothie

Recipe from The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride (Conari Press, 2019). This is a simple and delicious treat that can be adapted to whatever fruit is in season.

What you’ll need…

  • 1 cup lemon verbena tea
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Dash of cardamom

This post is sponsored by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs.

  1. Begin by making lemon verbena tea. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried lemon verbena to 1 cup of water, bring it to a boil with a lid on the pot, let it steep for 1/2 hour and then strain out the herbs.
  2. Tip! If you are adding honey, it blends much easier if you add it before the other ingredients.

  1. Blend everything together in a blender.
  1. Smoothies are best made to order they can store in the fridge for a day, but they taste best freshly made.

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Home Remedy Recipe #4: Cleanse your Body with an All-Natural Detox Moxie Tonic

If you think about it, being sick is basically having something toxic in your body. Germs, a virus, or bacteria are swirling around in there and making you feel terrible. While your immune system is working hard to fight the infection, you can do your part and help out with this simple at-home detox tonic.

You may have heard about detoxifying your body to help with weight loss or simply to make you feel a bit better, and it makes sense to get rid of all the yucky stuff when you’re sick, too. The Detox Moxie Tonic is designed to do just that, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your cabinets.

When it comes to detox, apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular ingredients – and for good reason. While the benefits are still being explored, so far, they’re promising. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have strong antifungal properties 6 and has a strong effect on serum lipid profiles, which means it may have benefits for blood sugar levels and cholesterol 7 . It’s one of those ingredients that seem to do a little bit of everything to help you stay healthy and feel your best.

This home remedy to relieve cold symptoms also relies on the power of lemon juice, which has been shown to ease a sore throat and aid in digestion, along with providing vitamins and minerals and protecting against cancer 8 . With that one-two punch, along with tons of other health-boosting ingredients, this detox potion will have you feeling better in no time!

To make the Detox Moxie Tonic, you’ll need:

  • 16 ounces filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  1. Heat the water to your preferred temperature.
  2. Add all ingredients to the water and mix well.
  3. Serve warm or hot as desired

10 Warming Smoothie Recipes

Chai tea smoothie

Warming chai spices are not only delicious, they also have anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and offer digestive support.

Hot apple cider smoothie

Tart lemon and green apples are the base for this tasty fall favorite. Add vanilla protein powder to sweeten and increase healthy protein, if desired.

White chocolate coconut cashew smoothie

White chocolate turns this healthy warming smoothie into an extra sweet treat!

Oaty mocha smoothie

Espresso, dark chocolate, hazelnut, and oats get you off and running for quick energy on cold mornings.

Orange carrot and ginger smoothie

Orange, carrot, and ginger offer a refreshing and warming taste profile in this warming smoothie recipe.

This smoothie is a great color to get you into the fall spirit and contains loads of Vitamins A and C to ward off winter colds.

Gingerbread breakfast smoothie

Gingerbread is one of the top flavors for Christmastime.

Enjoy the flavor in this healthy warming smoothie with blackstrap molasses, rolled oats, and vanilla extract.

Cranberry apple smoothie

Cranberry and apple are two more super healthy and popular flavors of the season paired exceptionally well in this hot smoothie.

Hot apple pie green smoothie

Green smoothies are a wonderful way to sneak in lots of healthy greens into your diet, especially if you’re not crazy about eating tons of salad.

Add baby spinach to sweet apple and pear, and you’ll hardly notice it’s there!

Ginger pear smoothie

Pears, ginger, and maple syrup are the delicious cold weather ingredients in this warming smoothie recipe with almond butter and almond milk offering protein and additional vitamins.

Butternut pear green smoothie

Butternut squash adds sweetness and filling fiber to this green smoothie. If you like to grow your own vegetables, I recommend this easy-to-grow squash.

Plus, butternut squash keeps well, and you can make loads of meals with them.

Check out 25 Incredible Butternut Recipes for more ways to use this healthy and delicious fall and winter vegetable!

Regular smoothies are no fun to drink when it’s cold outside.

Stay warm all fall and winter with these 10 Best Warming Smoothie Recipes that will help you eat healthy all year long!

For more autumn smoothie recipes, check out 10 Warming Smoothie Bowl Recipes Perfect for Fall + Winter.

What do you think of these Warming Smoothie Recipes? Do you think you give them a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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35 Healthy Smoothie Recipes for a Filling, Energizing Breakfast in 2020

Smoothies have become an on-the-go staple for health-conscious eaters, and we have to agree: They&rsquore ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and veggies, and are ready in seconds. But not all smoothies are created equal. In fact, many store-bought smoothies are loaded with excess sugar and calories.

Is it healthy to have a smoothie for breakfast?

Smoothies can make a healthy breakfast if you have a good balance of ingredients and nutrients&mdashincluding protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Smoothies that heavily rely on veggies over fruit instantly cut down on sugar and increase the fiber content. You also want to avoid adding a lot of fruit juice and sweeteners, like syrups and honey, to limit the sweet stuff. Adding yogurt and protein powder helps make smoothies more filling, so you&rsquoll stay satisfied longer. Just be sure to choose powders that have little to no added sugar and have zero artificial ingredients.

The liquid bases you use in your smoothie also play a big role. Skip fruit juices, which are packed with sugar and lack protein and fat, and go for low-fat milk or an unsweetened, non-dairy milk alternative, like almond, coconut, or cashew. Some non-dairy milks have less protein than cow&rsquos milk, but they offer healthy fats to keep you satiated.

Is it healthy to have a smoothie every day?

If you&rsquore looking to put your own blender to use and start making smoothies at home, you&rsquore already one step ahead with saving yourself money and ensuring you have full control over what goes into your drink. Enjoying a smoothie every day is totally fine if you make sure it has a good balance of nutrients.

That said, dietitians say it&rsquos actually better to chew and swallow food rather than drinking it for fullness, so it&rsquos probably best to limit your intake to one smoothie a day and enjoy proper meals and snacks throughout the day. And if you&rsquore aiming to make your smoothie a meal, try to include at least 25 grams of protein if it&rsquos a snack, go for at least 10 grams of protein.

These delicious, healthy smoothies make it easier to eat right with nutrient-rich fruit and veggies, creamy milk, protein, probiotic-rich yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients. Just a note: Some of these recipes contain fruit juice or honey to up the sweetness, but if you&rsquore looking to cut added sugar from your diet, you can nix those ingredients.

Some of these recipes are from Smoothies & Juices, the new book from Prevention&rsquos Healing Kitchen series. Give these recipes a try, and feel free to tweak and experiment to create your own perfect blend.

1. Creamy Kale Smoothie

This smoothie is from the Balanced Gut section of Prevention&rsquos Smoothies & Juices. Packed with protein and probiotics, Greek yogurt is a natural gut-health booster.

In a blender, combine 1 cup coarsely chopped kale, 1 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tsp honey. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy.

Nutrition (per serving): 296 calories, 8.5 g fat (3 g sat fat), 14 g protein, 45 g carbs (5 g fiber), 36 g sugars (6 g added sugar)

2. Citrus-Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is a fun way to switch up your routine. It features vitamin C&ndashrich citrus fruit, heart-healthy cashews, and gut-healthy Greek yogurt.

Put 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 naval orange, segmented, and 1/2 ruby grapefruit, segmented, in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth, and divide between 2 bowls. Top with more orange and grapefruit, plus chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and chopped cashews.

Nutrition (per serving): 240 calories, 8 g fat (4 g sat fat), 12 g protein, 31 g carbs (5 g fiber), 19 g sugars (0 g added sugar)

3. Peach Blueberry Smoothie

This sweet blend will have you feeling like it&rsquos summertime in the dead of winter with blueberries and peaches. Plus, you&rsquoll get your daily dose of greens with nutrient-rich kale. A dash of cinnamon is the perfect touch.

In a blender, combine 1 cup chilled almond or vanilla soy milk, 4 slices fresh or frozen peaches (about 1/2 cup), 1/4 cup blueberries, handful of kale, and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 170 calories, 4 g fat, 8.5 g protein, 26 g carb (4 g fiber), 17 g sugars

4. Banana-Blueberry-Soy Smoothie

Succulent blueberries are bursting with flavor in this healthy smoothie, which is also loaded with potassium-rich banana and vanilla for sweetness.

Simply combine 1 1/4 cups light soy milk with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, and one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Blend for about 20 to 30 seconds, or until smooth. You can add up to 1/4 cup more milk if you prefer to have the mixture thinner.

Nutrition (per serving): 125 calories, 5 g fat, 3 g protein, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber), 11 g sugars

5. Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

No time for a leisurely meal? Try this grab-and-go, probiotic-rich take on morning oatmeal. Whole-grain oats contain prebiotic fiber that promotes gut health.

This recipe from Prevention&rsquos Smoothies & Juices makes two smoothies: Blend 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 frozen banana, and 1/2 cup ice until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 217 calories, 5.5 g fat (2.5 g sat fat), 11 g protein, 33 g carbs (4 g fiber), 15 g sugars (0 g added sugar)

6. Pineapple Passion Smoothie

This decadently thick smoothie recipe will satisfy your cravings for an ice cream cone. Plus, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein and may help reduce bloating.

Combine 1 cup of low-fat or light vanilla yogurt, six ice cubes, and 1 cup of pineapple chunks. Place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse as needed, or until the mixture is smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 283 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g sat fat), 53.5 g carbs (2 g fiber), 13 g protein, 48 g sugars

7. Milk and Honey Smoothie

Make use of the celery in your produce drawer with this blended juice, which combines it with almond milk, cucumber, and grapes for a sip-worthy snack.

In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 medium Kirby cucumber (peeled and sliced), 1 cup seedless green grapes, 2 medium stalks celery (peeled and sliced), and 1 Tbsp honey. Blend until the mixture is smooth, serves 2.

Nutrition (per serving): 124 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat fat), 2 g protein, 26 g carbs (2 g fiber), 21 g sugars (9 g added sugar)

8. Silky Skin Smoothie

This drink from Prevention&rsquos Smoothies and Juices is great for your complexion! Apricots and carrots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. The vitamin can potentially offset skin aging, as well as damage from UV rays and pollution.

In a blender, combine 1/2 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup grated carrot, 1 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 chopped dried apricots, and 1 fresh apricot (pitted and coarsely chopped). Blend until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g sat fat), 8 g protein, 21 g carbs (3 g fiber), 17 g sugars (6 g added sugar)

9. Lean, Mean, Green Machine

If you&rsquore looking for a post-workout recovery drink, this smoothie is it. Protein powder helps replenish the energy you burned, sweet banana and kiwi provide potassium and vitamin C, while coconut water helps you rehydrate.

In a blender, add 1 medium banana (cut into pieces), 1 kiwi (peeled and cut into pieces), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup spinach, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1/2 cup coconut water. Pulse until creamy and smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 304 calories, 5 g fat, 22 g protein, 47 g carb (7 g fiber)

10. Berry-Banana-Oat Smoothie

Oats add body to your smoothies, plus the resistant starch this whole grain contains helps you feel fuller longer. Another bonus of resistant starch? It causes less gas than other fibers.

In a blender, combine 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt, 1 banana, sliced, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1 Tbsp honey. Blend until the mixture is smooth, serves 4.

Nutrition (per serving): 171 calories, 2 g fat (1 g sat fat), 5 g protein, 36 g carbs (3.5 g fiber), 23 g sugars (4.5 g added sugar)

11. Caribbean Dream Smoothie

If you&rsquore plagued by a nervous stomach before big events, try sipping this smoothie from Prevention&rsquos Smoothies & Juices beforehand. It includes banana, which contains the relaxing mineral magnesium and the yogurt&rsquos probiotics may ease anxiety as well.

Blend 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup 2% Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 large banana, and a handful of ice cubes until smooth. For best results in easing anxiety, sip it two hours before you need to calm your nerves.

Nutrition (per serving): 156 calories, 3 g fat (2 g sat fat), 6 g protein, 29 g carbs (2 g fiber), 21 g sugars (1.5 g added sugar)

12. Green Ginger Smoothie

Baby spinach and Granny Smith apples combine to create the delicious green color of this smoothie. Hemp seeds add a dose of plant protein and healthy fats.

Combine 2 cups packed baby spinach, 1 chopped Granny Smith apple, 3/4 cup coconut water, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, 3 tsp. minced ginger, 1 tsp. raw honey, 1 ½ cup ice cubes. Blend until smooth, serves 2.

Nutrition (per serving): 153 calories, 4 g fat (1 g sat fat), 27 g carbs (4 g fiber), 17 g sugars

13. Cranberry Banana Smoothie

The autumn berry is the star of this satisfying, fiber-rich treat. Banana adds body and sweetness, almond milk keeps the calorie count low, and maple syrup offers a seasonal sweetness.

In a blender, add 1 cup frozen cranberries, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, ½ cup ice cubes. Puree until frothy and smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 125 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g sat fat), 1 g protein, 27 g carbs (4 g fiber), 15.5 g sugar (6 g added sugar)

14. Apple Crisp Smoothie

Savor the taste of fall with this delicious smoothie, which features sweet apple cider, Greek yogurt, oats, nuts, and warming spices. It&rsquos also rich in protein and beta-glucan, a type of fiber that improves endurance.

Combine 1 cup apple cider, 1/2 cup 2% vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 Tbsp. pecans, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and 1 cup ice cubes. Pulse until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 364 calories, 12.5 g fat (2 g sat fat), 14 g protein, 49 g carbs (4 g fiber), 32 g sugars

15. Banana Ginger Smoothie

Soothe digestion, heartburn, nausea, and other tummy troubles with the fresh ginger in this natural remedy smoothie recipe. It also features 1 banana, 3/4 cup (6 ounces) vanilla yogurt, and a tablespoon of honey for a hint of sweetness. Just throw the ingredients into a blender, and voila&mdasha deliciously creamy beverage you&rsquoll slurp up ASAP. Serves 2.

Nutrition (per serving): 157 calories, 1 g fat, 5 g protein, 34 g carbs (1.5 g fiber), 28 g sugars

16. Orange Dream Smoothie

Need to cool down after a tough workout? Lap up this low-calorie, citrus-infused healthy smoothie recipe. All you need is 1 navel orange (peeled), 1/4 cup fat-free, half-and-half milk or fat-free yogurt, 2 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, and 4 ice cubes. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 160 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g sat fat), 3 g protein, 36 g carb (3 g fiber) 28 g sugars

17. Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie

To prepare this smoothie featuring antioxidant-rich green tea, simply heat 3 Tbsp. of water in a bowl in the microwave until it&rsquos steaming hot. Then, add 1 green tea bag and allow it to brew for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag and stir in 2 tsp. honey until it dissolves. Combine 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1/2 medium banana, and 3/4 cup calcium-fortified light vanilla soy milk into a blender. Add the tea and process all ingredients until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 269 calories, 2.5 g fat, 3.5 g protein, 63 g carbs (8 g fiber), 38.5 g sugars

18. Mocha Protein Shake

This buzzy breakfast tastes like a milkshake. The secret ingredient? Walnuts, which are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids&mdashhealthy fats known to help fight inflammation and protect your heart. A dose of black coffee makes this the perfect morning shake.

In a blender, add 1 1/2 cup black coffee (made in advance and cooled), 1 large frozen banana (cut into chunks), 1 cup ice cubes, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1 heaping Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 6 Tbsp. chocolate protein powder. Blend until smooth, serves 2.

NUTRITION (per serving): 264 calories, 11 g fat, 24 g protein, 22 g carbs (4 g fiber)

19. Powerhouse Pumpkin Smoothie

In addition to pure pumpkin, this smoothie packs Greek yogurt for a creamy, protein-rich base. Maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice add seasonal sweetness.

In a blender, combine 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin (frozen in ice cube tray), 7 oz. 2% Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 avocado, 2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Blend until creamy.

Nutrition (per serving): 361 calories, 14 g fat, 26 g protein, 38 g carbs (11 g fiber), 26 g sugars

20. Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

This fruity, low-calorie smoothie recipe becomes even healthier when you use organic kiwis, which contain higher levels of heart-healthy polyphenols and vitamin C.

In a blender, combine 1 1/4 cup cold apple juice, 1 ripe banana, 1 kiwi, 5 frozen strawberries and 1 1/2 teaspoon honey. Puree until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 87 calories, 0 g fat, 0.5 g protein, 22 g carbs (1.5 g fiber), 16.5 g sugars

21. Tropical Papaya Perfection Smoothie

This coconut-infused breakfast smoothie tastes just as decadent as a milkshake. One sip will immediately transport you to a tropical island.

Cut 1 papaya into chunks and blend it with 1 cup of fat-free, plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1 tsp. coconut extract, and 1 tsp. ground flaxseed. Process the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until it&rsquos smooth and frosty.

Nutrition (per serving): 299 calories, 1.5 g fat, 13 g protein, 64 g carbs (7 g fiber), 44 g sugars

22. Banana Almond Protein Smoothie

Creamy almond butter offers healthy fats, while coconut water helps restore electrolytes after a tough workout. Greek yogurt and a scoop of whey keep the protein content high.

In a blender, add 1/2 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 3 Tbsp. almond butter, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup ice. Process until smooth, serves 2.

Nutrition (per serving): 329 calories, 17 g fat, 21 g protein, 26 g carbs (5 g fiber), 15 g sugars

23. Watermelon Wonder Smoothie

Transform a summer fruit favorite into a delightful healthy smoothie. Just remember to buy seedless watermelon or remove the seeds before you blend.

To prepare, add 2 cups of chopped watermelon to a blender with 1/4 cup milk of choice and 2 cups ice. Blend for 20 seconds or until you&rsquove achieved your desired consistency.

Nutrition (per serving): 56 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 13 g carbs (0.5 g fiber), 11 g sugars

24. Berry Good Workout Smoothie

Get the energy you need to power through your workout in minutes with this easy-to-make smoothie recipe. For an extra dose of calcium, try adding a teaspoon of Organic Kale Powder.

What you&rsquoll need: 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 2 Tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition (per serving): 162 calories, 1 g fat, 2 g protein, 41.5 g carbs (6 g fiber), 32 g sugars

25. Sunrise Smoothie

Blend apricot and peach together, and your breakfast smoothie will look like an early-morning sunrise. We can&rsquot think of a better way to wake up.

Combine 1 banana, 1 apricot nectar (chilled), 1 container of low-fat peach yogurt, 1 Tbsp. frozen lemonade concentrate, and 1/2 cup chilled club soda in a blender until smooth. Serves 4.

Nutrition (per serving): 130 calories, 0.5 g fat, 2.5 g protein, 29 g carbs (1.5 g fiber), 16 g sugars

26. Tutti-Frutti Smoothie

A splash of orange juice infuses citrus into this healthy and refreshing snack. All you need is 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries, 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup sliced ripe banana, and 1/2 cup orange juice. Process for about two minutes, or until smooth. Serves 2. (To cut back on sugar, omit the orange juice and canned pineapple and use fresh pineapple.)

Nutrition (per serving): 140 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g sat fat), 3.5 g protein, 29 g carbs (2.5 g fiber), 16 g sugars

27. Mango Madness Smoothie

Take advantage ripe mango&rsquos disease-fighting ability with this delicious smoothie recipe. First, combine 1 can of juice-packed pineapple chunks, 1 cup fat-free frozen vanilla yogurt, 1 large mango, and 1 ripe banana together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Then, gradually add ice&mdashabout 4 cups&mdashuntil the entire mixture is pureed. The result is a creamy, frosty drink that&rsquos perfect for two.

Nutrition (per serving): 251 calories, 0.5 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 60 g carbs (4 g fiber), 50 g sugars

28. Hot Green Smoothie

This recipe blogger puts a special twist on the classic kale-apple-dates combo by adding an antioxidant-rich cup of green tea. You&rsquore left with a creamy, warm drink with just the right amount of sweetness to comfort you on a chilly day. This smoothie is about 250 calories, and you can lower the calorie count even more by using one date instead of two.

29. Yellow Fruit and Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric is a time-honored superfood with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Powered by curcumin, one of its primary substances, the spice may help boost memory, ease joint pain, lower the risk of certain cancers, and lessen the symptoms of depression. What are you waiting for? Make this smoothie that&rsquos bursting with the stuff.

30. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Here&rsquos a smoothie recipe that&rsquoll make you nostalgic for the childhood favorite. Mixed berries and peanut butter powder give this smoothie the sweet and salty taste you crave. Plus, the vanilla powder gives you staying power so you won&rsquot go hungry an hour after drinking this creamy beverage.

31. Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie

With no added sugar, you can feel good about sipping on this rich and creamy smoothie. Plus, it has only five ingredients and takes only five minutes to prepare. What&rsquos more, it&rsquos compliant with many diets, including gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and vegetarian. Consider adding a scoop of collagen powder for extra protein.

32. Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

If you haven&rsquot tried chia seeds yet, here&rsquos a great opportunity. These tiny but mighty seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart. They also help you stay fuller longer, thanks to its plant protein power. Combined with spinach, unsweetened almond milk, frozen pineapple, and naturally sweet banana, this tasty mixture is the ultimate breakfast treat.

33. Caramel Apple Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

This vegan, gluten-free breakfast smoothie is perfect for cold mornings when you&rsquore craving a fall treat. Don&rsquot worry: There&rsquos no caramel in this recipe. Instead, this blogger subs in dates to add natural sweetness, along with antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Rolled oats also pack fiber and protein, while apples and cinnamon give that undeniably heartwarming taste. This dreamy mixture sits in the fridge overnight, saving you so much time in the mornings.

34. Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrots aren&rsquot usually the star ingredient in a breakfast smoothie, but this creamy blend will make you a believer. The carrots pair perfectly with banana slices, diced pineapples, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and make this veggie-packed smoothie taste just like a slice of carrot cake.

35. Cranberry Citrus Smoothie

This heavenly citrus drink provides a burst of vitamin C and refreshing tart flavor from a blend of cranberries and oranges. Frozen bananas and a hint of vanilla extract add balance, with a base of plain Greek yogurt for extra protein and creaminess. Oranges can be substituted for any other type of citrus, so if you prefer tangerines or clementines, feel free to swap those in.

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These recipes are perfectly adapted to the season, as they’re packed with fresh veggies that you can easily find in autumn at any farmers’ market (beetroot, butternut squash, cucumbers) as well as fresh fruits and superfoods from your organic grocery store.

1. Beet Detox Juice

Beets contain a highly active phytonutrient pigment called betalain, with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detox effects [ source ]. Combine them with the vitamin C from apples and spinach, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic cold- and flu-fighting elixir.


  • 1 large beetroot
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 handful fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cucumbers

2. Pink Power Pomegranate Citrus Energy Juice

Grapefruits and lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is known to reduce cold symptoms and activate cells in the immune system [ source ], while the glucose in pomegranate will give your brain a boost of energy first thing in the morning.

Add kale for even more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects from its health-promoting phytochemicals [ source ].


  • The seeds from one large pomegranate
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch of fresh kale

3. Sun Salutation Yellow Juice

A delicious cocktail of cold-fighting ingredients. Butternut squash nourishes with beta carotene and essential fatty acids, both with antioxidant effects.

Ginger has antiviral actions [ source ] and promotes healthy sweating, which can be helpful during respiratory infections, and lemon adds valuable vitamin C. A dose of turmeric provides super antimicrobial benefits that help your body to fight foreign invaders [ source ].


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed
  • 2 lemons
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified pediatrician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

About Ana Stanciu

Ana is a healthy recipe writer, food photographer and certified nutritionist. She shares her vegetarian recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and food photos on The Awesome Green.

10 Make-Ahead Smoothies, Customized for Family Fun

Smoothies are a healthy, fast, easy way to get the whole family fueled each morning. And putting them together can be a creative, fun experience for the kids that gets them excited to head to the blender each morning. Find tips below for productive weekend smoothie prep sessions and for blending up delicious smoothie combos each morning.

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Weekend Smoothie Prep

Make smoothies fun by getting kids in on the assembling action. In less than an hour, the whole family can have their favorite smoothies prepped to get them through the next two weeks.

Gather ingredients and tools. Place bowls filled with nuts, fruits (frozen or fresh) and other ingredients into large bowls, with spoons or small measuring cups (1/4 cups are perfect). You&aposll also want some small, sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags, gallon-sized bags, as well as permanent markers so kids can write their names on their bags.

Create smoothie bags. Let kids scoop fruits and nuts into small bags, creating their own combos, but encouraging them to try different options. Create one bag as an example so they can see how full to fill them𠅏ruits should amount to about one cup, and a couple tablespoons of nuts is perfect.

Load up the freezer. Place smaller bags into larger bags, with each family member getting their own. Then little hands can choose a different one each morning!

Weekday Morning Blending

The prepped smoothie bags are a great way to get smoothies started, but you&aposll still want to keep a few ingredients on hand to finish them off each morning.

Greens. Fresh spinach and kale keeps great for about a week and half𠅊nd small handfuls go virtually undetected by the taste buds—so, if you make sure your fridge always has a bit of each, it&aposs a great way to get in some veggies. You can also stock up on frozen greens that are great in a pinch.

Liquids. You&aposll want to add either milk (plant-based or otherwise), juice, or maybe even some yogurt to get your smoothie going in the blender. If you choose a plant-based milk, stock up on boxed versions—these stay good for months, unopened at room temperature, so it&aposs easy to keep these in the pantry.

Alternate proteins. Some forms of protein like hemp seeds and almond butter are a little awkward and messy to add to the prepped bags, but they are easy to toss into the mix before you blend.

To-Go Cups. Buy a selection of reusable to-go smoothie cups to be sure there&aposs always one clean if anyone needs to take their smoothie on the go. Even something as simple as a case of mason jars can do the trick without breaking the bank. You can find any number of companies that make dishwasher-safe lids and straws designed to work with the jars.