Smoothies 101 – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

NOTE: The recipe below was adapted from the website included at the bottom of the page. Please visit that website for more complete directions and additional great recipe ideas!

SMOOTHIES 101 

PREP TIME: variable

COOK TIME: variable

TOTAL TIME: variable

ANATOMY OF A SMOOTHIE:

  • Base:
    • use 1-2 cups of liquid (i.e. water, milk, green tea, juice, etc.)
  • Fruit:
    • 2+ fruits (both fresh and frozen work, though frozen may be easier as fruits are already pre-cut)
    • For extra boost, add something green like kale, beet greens, spinach, avocado or arugula (don’t worry, the taste will be masked by the sweetness of the fruit).
  • Thickness:
    • Thickening agents with nutritional benefits: Greek yogurt, nut butter, oats, coconut meat, etc.
  • Boosters:
    • To make your smoothie more filling (i.e. as a meal replacement), consider using ingredients like protein powder or ground flax seeds.

GENERAL SMOOTHIE IDEAS:

  • 1/3 yogurt or milk, 1/3 raspberries, blueberries or bananas, 1/3 oats or almonds
  • 1/3 green tea or ice, 1/3 vanilla yogurt, 1/3 mango, add honey to taste
  • 1/3 yogurt or milk, 1/3 banana, 1/3 peanut butter, add cinnamon to taste
  • 1/3 banana or ice, 1/3 pomegranate juice, 1/3 almond butter, add ginger to taste

MEAL REPLACEMENT SMOOTHIE IDEAS:

  • Almond, Banana, and Flax Smoothie
    • 2 large bananas; frozen or fresh
    • 1 tbs of almond butter
    • 2 tbs of flax seeds
    • ½ cup almond milk
    • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • Oatmeal, Banana and Strawberry Smoothie
    • ½ cup whole oats
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    • 2 cups frozen strawberries
    • 2 ripe bananas
    • 1 tbs honey
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Peanut Butter, Banana, and Jelly Smoothie
    • 1 ripe banana
    • ½ cup almond milk
    • 2 tbs peanut butter
    • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • Avocado and Banana Protein Smoothie
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1/3 ripe and frozen avocado
    • ½ ripe banana
    • ¼ cup whey protein powder
    • 1 tsp flax
  • Chocolate Berry Smoothie
    • 2 tsp cocoa powder
    • ¾ cup of frozen berries
    • 1 ripe banana
    • 1 tbs chia seeds
    • 1 cup almond, soy or coconut milk
    • 1tbs honey or maple syrup
    • 1 cup ice

LINK TO RECIPE USED IN THIS POST

LINK TO RECIPE USED IN THIS POST

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