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We all know that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but some people just plain can’t stand them! However, an easy way to get more fruit and veg into your diet is to make superfood smoothies.
Fruits and vegetables are chocked full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and have a host of other benefits too. In fact, they’re so important, that it’s pretty much impossible to have a healthy diet that that doesn’t contain any. However, despite the widely publicized fact that they are so good for us, many people still don’t eat enough. This can be due to a number of reasons, including a lack of time for preparation and cooking, not knowing what fruits and veggies to choose, being unaware of their importance, or, as is most often the case – not liking them!

All you need for these is a good quality blender. Simply add all the ingredients, blend on high for around 30 seconds, then drink. Each recipe is one serving. Calorie and macronutrient values are dependent on the brands/types of food you use.

Berry Blast

-    ½ cup blueberries

-    ½ cup raspberries

-    ½ cup blackberries

-    1 cup low fat Greek yogurt

-    1 cup raw spinach

-    Crushed ice

-    Cinnamon and ginger to taste

-    Water for desired thickness

160 calories - 30g carbs, 10g protein, 0g fat.

Breakfast Banana Smoothie

-    1 large banana

-    1/3 cup rolled oats

-    1 cup skimmed milk

-    1 tablespoon honey

-    Juice of 1 large orange

-    Crushed Ice

485 calories - 90g carbs, 20g protein, 5g fat.

Green Machine

-    1 cup of broccoli

-    1 cup of spinach

-    1 cup of kale

-    1 small hot chili pepper

-    1 cup of blueberries

-    2 tablespoons agave syrup

-    Sweetener to taste

-    Crushed ice

-    Water for desired thickeness

200 calories - 40g carbs, 10g protein, 0g fat.

Protein Power

-    1 scoop low carb protein powder

-    1 apple

-    1 cup skimmed milk

-    1 tablespoon almond butter

-    Cinnamon to taste

-    Crushed ice

-    Water for desired thickness

370 calories - 30g carbs, 40g protein, 10g fat.

Tropical Punch

-    1 ring of tinned pineapple

-    ½ a large mango

-    1 large banana

-    ½ cup coconut milk

-    ½ cup coconut water

-    Crushed ice

-    Mint to taste

440 calories - 60g carbs, 5g protein, 20g fat.

The Rabbit Food

-    1 large carrot (peeled)

-    2 lettuce leaves

-    1 apple

-    Pinch of nutmeg

-    1 cup strawberries

-    1 cup tomato juice

-    Sweetener to taste

-    Crushed Ice

225 calories - 40g carbs, 5g protein, 5g fat.

Healthy Fat Attack

-    ½ a large avocado

-    1 tablespoon peanut butter

-    1 kiwi fruit

-    1 tablespoon shredded coconut

-    Crushed ice

-    Water for desired thickness

You may be surprised at the addition of some slightly unusual ingredients to many of the above, such as broccoli, kale and carrots. However, what’s even more surprising is that you can’t really taste them. The smoothies have enough sweetness either from fruit, or from added sugar free sweetener, that they don’t taste at all as you’d expect them to.

You can try your own smoothies to, or even vary the ones above. If you’re looking to cut carbs, then stick to lower sugar fruits like berries, and adding a scoop of protein powder is a great way to boost your protein intake, and help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

  • “Eliminate Grains In Favor Of Veggies and Fruits To Stay Young And Healthy”: Charles Poliquin. March 7, 2012. Accessed on May 30, 2012 Retrieved from
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