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Yogurt, nut butter, fruit, seeds, juice, greens—you name it, you can put it in a smoothie. But how do you make a smoothie that’s healthy, tasty, and doesn’t pack in a whole day’s worth of calories? We challenged 11 healthy living experts, nutritionists, and chefs to fit as much nutrition as possible into a 12-ounce smoothie. The catch: it had to be delicious, too! Happy sipping.
Kale is rich in iron and calcium to strengthen bones, while blueberries pack antioxidants and memory-boosting compounds. Chia adds inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids to improve cholesterol and almonds are bursting with vitamin E to beautify your skin. ½ c almond milk½ c kale leaves, stem removed½ lg banana, peeled and frozen¼ c frozen blueberries½ Tbsp raw almond butter½ Tbsp chia seedsCombine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend on the highest speed until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving): 200 cal, 6 g pro, 30 g carb, 6 g fiber, 15 g sugars, 8 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 85 mg sodium.
Coconut Almond Smoothie
This smoothie is loaded with fiber from the apple, banana, and oats, as well as protein from the almond milk and almond butter. Ground flax is packed with omega 3s and more protein and fiber.1 c almond milk
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 banana, peeled and frozen
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp rolled oats
1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp coconut flakesCombine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve chilled.
NUTRITION (per serving): 550 cal, 13 g pro, 82 g carb, 18 g fiber, 43 g sugars, 25 g fat, 3 g