[UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 4.]
Truth be told, we're only a few days into 2013 and we're already struggling to stick to all those healthy-eating ambitions. Sure, chowing down loads of vitamin-packed fruits and veggies might be good for us, but it ain't always easy. Preparing them properly takes time, and even then, sometimes they don't taste as good as their less-wholesome alternatives. But, don't start reaching for the cookies just yet. There is one tried-and-true (and pretty delicious) way to consume good-for-you foods in no time — in liquid form, of course.
To prove it, we enlisted Phoebe Schilla of the Studio of Good Living — a local culinary wellness group dedicated to teaching simple, flavorful recipes — to verse us in making four DIY smoothies that will knock your socks off with their flavor and health benefits. From creamy chocolate-banana concoctions to green blends of kale, avocado, and agave, here's a quartet of wow-worthy (and super-easy) drinks that require no more than the whirl of a blender. Bon appétit!
Photographed by Rachelle Manning
Get ready to gawk at these four lip-smacking smoothies — sure to get you in tip-top shape!
Creamy Chocolate Afternoon Pick-Me-Up, Serves 2
6 dates, pitted
1/2 cup yogurt (or substitute silken tofu)
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ice
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. If too thick, thin with water to taste. For extra nutrients, add flaxseed meal, chia seeds, or protein powder.
Mmmm! A delicious and healthy way to get chocolate-wasted!
Super Green Morning Smoothie, Serves 2
4 leaves of kale, leaves separated from the stem and stem discarded
1 medium apple, sliced
1/4 cup parsley leaves
1 tsp flax meal
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 small orange, peeled
2 tbsp agave syrup or honey (more to taste)
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
Add all of the tasty ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Looking for more nutrients? Pop in some flaxseed meal, chia seeds, or protein powder.
Ta-da! Why eat your greens when you can drink 'em?
Berry Anti-Oxidant Smoothie, Serves 2
1 cup strawberries
1 cup pomegranate juice
Toss in the blender and mix in all the ingredients!
Voilà! A berry tasty smoothie!
Beta-Carotene Blast Smoothie, Serves 4
2 oranges, peeled
2 persimmons, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tsp ginger, grated
1 1/2 cups water
You know the drill — toss in ingredients and get to blending!
A yummy citrus smoothie beta than any other!