Nothing sounds more refreshing that a nice cold smoothie on a warm summer day, right? But what if it was made with some not so common ingredients that packed a nutritional punch- would it still be tasty? Inquiring minds want to know, so we consulted registered dietitians and nutrition experts and asked them each for their favorite smoothie recipe that is not only delicious and nutritious, but also a bit unusual. We then put those smoothies to a taste test with a random sampling of our very own ACE staff to find out just how yummy these easy to make smoothies really are!
by Kristen Carlucci, RD
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. bee pollen (this can be found at your local health food store)
- Handful of spinach
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup original unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 packet Stevia, for added sweetness (optional)
Combine all ingredients, blend and enjoy!
“With ingredients like banana, strawberry, spinach and almond milk this smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse all on its own, but the real superfood celebrity in this smoothie mix is bee pollen. Containing essential amino and fatty acids, antioxidant-rich flavonoids, and all of the major vitamins and key minerals, bee pollen has also been found to boost energy levels, reduce inflammation and prevent seasonal allergies.”
by Julie Burks, MS, RD, CSSD; ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach
- 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 1- 1 ½ cups frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- ½ cup nonfat milk or soymilk
- ¼ cup berry juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serves 2.
“Adding fresh ginger to a smoothie not only gives it a kick, but ginger is also known to have health benefits such as calming an upset stomach, helping cold and flu symptoms and decreasing inflammation, which may be beneficial after a tough workout. “
by Tiffani Bachus, RD
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 1 kiwi
- 1 apple
- ½ cup pineapple
- 1 slice of lime
- 1 oz. avocado (approximately 1/6th)
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve cold.
“This lean green smoothie recipe is a nutrition powerhouse, with key fruits and vegetables to nourish your body, help burn fat and fight off post-workout inflammation. Adding avocado to your green smoothie creates a smooth, creamy texture, plus avocados contain L-Carnitine (an amino acid) whose primary role in your body is to help metabolize fat and promote fat loss. Pineapple is loaded with bromelain and papain, enzymes that help minimize post-workout inflammation”.
by Emily Ann Miller, MPH, RD
- ½ cup roasted butternut squash OR one 4 oz. jar of squash baby food
- 1 small ripe pear, peeled
- 6 oz. honey-flavored Greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Blend all of these ingredients and adjust their amounts if you prefer more or less of any one of them.
“Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, but meeting recommendations for veggie intake might not be so hard if they knew how easy and tasty it is to add them to smoothies. Butternut squash, a member of the gourd family, along with pumpkins and melons is a nutritional standout. Half a cup cooked butternut squash has 40 calories, 3 grams of fiber, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and provides a good amount of potassium It’s also a great source of carotenoids, a class of antioxidants that is associated with benefits to heart and eye health. In addition to its nutritional benefits, its mildly sweet flavor and creamy texture make it a great asset to this smoothie recipe.”
For more delicious, nutritious, easy to make smoothies, try these free recipes and for even more healthy meal ideas check out Fit Food: Eating Well for Life, a new kind of cookbook that combines practical nutrition information with delicious healthy recipes from nationally-recognized chefs.