Stephanie Young is a communications expert, mother of two and advocate for health and wellness. Through her blog, I'm Still Learning, Stephanie muses about being a mother and wife, staying healthy and calm and finding the positives in life’s ups and downs. Stephanie is also the author of the eBook, How to Eat Healthy Without Noticing: A Non-dieter's Guide to Eating Better. In addition to her blog, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

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5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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I recently took the plunge and invested in a Vitamix. For those of you who’ve never heard of a Vitamix, it’s the super expensive mac daddy of blenders. I got suckered into it during what was supposed to be a quick jaunt to Whole Foods. Just as I was making my way from the produce section to the butcher, I was stopped by this energetic dude doing a riveting Vitamix demo. He was so convincing and smooth-talking. This blender could do things I’d never seen before. Next thing you know, it was in my cart. What can I say, I’m an easy target. Sure I had a blender at home, but it was really on its last legs (or so I told myself). I mean, I really needed this blender.

I took it home, pulled it out of the box and stared at it for a few minutes. As I began to feel the guilt rise up in my gut, I thought, Okay then, time to start justifying my investment.

So I started blending and mixing like a madwoman—experimenting with this and that, re-inventing existing recipes and creating new ones.

With that, I developed 5 super delish smoothie and juice recipes that I now turn to on a regular basis for a supercharged, hydrating dose of vitamins and nutrients. (And no, you don’t need a Vitaminx to throw these together. Any old blender will do!)

APPLE BANANA OATMEAL SMOOTHIE
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened) or water
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ apple, seeded
½ medium banana
3 tbsp uncooked steel cut quick cook oats
3 dates, pitted
Pinch of ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
1 tbsp ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds
½ scoop whey protein powder (unsweetened)

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STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE
1 cup of water
½ lemon, peeled, halved and seeded
4 drops natural stevia or 1 tsp powdered stevia
½ cup fresh basil leaves
3 or 4 frozen strawberries

Blend without over blending. Be sure to leave a few chunks of strawberry and basil intact to maintain a nice texture. 

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CREAMY GREEN MACHINE
½ cup water
½ cup coconut water
½ cucumber
¼ cup frozen pineapple or mango
½ avocado or 1 tbsp coconut oil
½ lemon or lime, peeled and seeded (when peeling, be sure to leave the white just underneath the skin as it is high in vitamin C, B-6 and fiber)
1 sprig of mint
¼ celery stalk
1-2 handfuls of your favorite greens (kale, spinach and romaine work beautifully)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

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DAIRY FREE RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE MILK
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 scoop unflavored whey protein (unsweetened)
½ cup frozen raspberries, blueberries or a combination of both
¼ cup frozen spinach (Trust me, you won’t even know it’s in there.)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp raw caco powder
3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

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RISE & SHINE MORNING PROTEIN
½ cup coconut or almond milk (both unsweetened)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 scoop whey protein (unsweetened)
handful frozen berries
1 tbsp flaxseed and/or chia seeds
3-4 drops pure stevia or 2 tsp maple syrup

So what are you waiting for? Get blending!

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  1. الحقائق 06/02/2016 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Great recipes. Steel cut oats and coconut oil are among my favorite smoothie ingredients
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  2. ايجى سفن 03/19/2016 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for these recipes
    I have benefited a lot of them

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  4. Hollow Tree Ventures 11/04/2013 at 11:33 am

    Great, now I’m thirsty AND hungry!

  5. Kathy at kissing the frog 10/29/2013 at 1:23 pm

    I’m so jealous you got a Vitamix! I’ve been wanting one for a while. Just can’t justify it to the Hubs. These recipes look yummy, so I will save them for future reference. 😉

  6. blender dude 10/29/2013 at 11:13 am

    Great recipes. Steel cut oats and coconut oil are among my favorite smoothie ingredients. Thanks!

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