Need to shake up your morning smoothie routine? Me too. My personal smoothie rut is precisely why I joined forces with Bright Almond to get Naturopathic Students from across the country to share their favourite creations. You be the judge… tell me what you think in the comment section below.
Vegan Eggnog Smoothie – just in time for the holidays
Contributor: Laura Hughes ND (cand)
1 C almond or coconut milk
1/8 tsp vanilla extract or a scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 ripe banana, frozen
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
Blend and enjoy.
Dash or two of ground nutmeg for décor.
Contributor: Mandy Milliquet ND (cand)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 cups frozen berries (PC Organics Power Fruit Blend)
1/4 or a ripe avocado
1 tbsp flax seed (ground or whole, see note)
1 scoop Vanilla or Unflavoured Whey Protein Isolate (Kaizen, Precision or Progressive)
Handful of spinach
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
Note: if using a powerful blender such as a Vitamix or Blentec, can use whole flax seeds. If using a magic bullet or regular blender, will likely need to grind the flax seeds before adding them to the mix. Always store ground flax seeds in the freezer as the unsaturated fatty acids go rancid VERY quickly.
Hot Chocolate Chai Smoothie
Contributor: Kamala-Devi Sivasankaran ND (cand)
1 cup hot brewed chai tea (black or rooibos)
1 cup heated milk/milk alternative
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg or allspice
Small splash vanilla or almond extract
1 tbsp. almond butter (or two, if not adding protein powder)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I like Thorne’s Vegalite, it blends well)
(Optional) 1 tsp raw honey
Blend and enjoy!
Swish or stir a bit before drinking or you’ll get a big clump at the bottom.
Contributor: Maisam Hasan ND (cand)
2 slices of pineapple
2 kale stems
Blend and enjoy. (Note, this makes a lot of smoothie… give some to your kids, it’s good for them). Add 2 Peppermint leaves to top it off.
Green Chai Latte
Contributor: Rupa Salwan ND (cand)
1 ½ cup almond milk
2 cups spinach
1 celery rib
¼ cup parsley
1 large, pitted date
1 tbsp ground flax
1 inch ginger root
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix blender and enjoy!
If you find the spices are too much, half the amounts for cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice and cloves
Tangy & Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Contributor: Tiffany Cheung ND (cand)
1 banana (frozen or fresh)
1-2 golden kiwi
1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened coconut water
Blend till smooth or till desired consistency.
Toppings (optional): maca powder, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, chia seeds,
Rock Star Smoothie
Contributor: Amanda Satov ND (cand)
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1 cup wild blueberries
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp matcha
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
Filtered water as needed
Blend and enjoy.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
Contributor: Noah Litvak ND (cand)
This is a delicious, nutrient filled shake with lots of protein
400ml milk (almond, coconut or another favourite)
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 teaspoon cocoa
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 big handful of spinach
Pour half the “milk” in your blender, and then the rest of the ingredients. Pour the rest of the “milk” on top and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
*For a dairy free option, remove the Greek yogurt, and replace the milk with unsweetened almond milk and use a dairy free chocolate protein powder (I like chocolate vegan protein by genuine health)
Choco-Cherry Green Dream Smoothie
Contributor: Laura Von Hagen ND (cand)
Makes 1 large or two small smoothies
1 cup frozen cherries
1/2 medium very ripe avocado, frozen
1 cup organic baby spinach
1 tsp maca
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Vega energizing smoothie)
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 ice cubes
Optional: add 1 scoop organic unsweetened Greek yogurt. For a caffeine boost, replace ice cubes with coffee ice cubes (brew 1/2 cup double strength then freeze coffee in ice cube tray) for a delicious and refreshing treat.
Blend all ingredients in high powder blender and enjoy!
Smooth and Simple Smoothie
Contributor: Ryan Lewis ND (cand)
1 cup mixed frozen berries
½ cup frozen mango pieces
1 tbsp ground flax
¾ cup almond milk
Water – as needed
Blend and Enjoy.
Ginger Pear Smoothie
Contributor: Samina Mitha ND (cand)
1 ripe pear
2-3 cups of water
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp maca root powder
3 tbsp hemp seeds
2-3 tsp of fresh or ground ginger
This smoothie is well balanced with some healthy fat (coconut oil), protein (hemp seeds) and fiber (pear). The maca root gives the smoothie some added stamina you need to get through the morning! The pear provides a smooth texture and the ginger kicks it up a notch while providing some added warmth and immune support to help get you through the winter months.