Reach For This Green Smoothie When Dessert Cravings Hit ¡ª?It’s That Good

A dessert craving hits| but you’re trying so incredibly hard to cut back on refined carbs and sugar. And while the occasional cupcake or ice cream cone is good for the soul| it’s probably better for the body to not make dessert a three-times-a-day habit. For those times a sweet treat is needed| bust out your blender for this green smoothie. Don’t be decieved by its uber-healthy hue ¡ª this simple green smoothie tastes just like a gooey caramel apple| but is packed with good-for-you nutrients like iron| potassium| and fiber.

Caramel Apple Smoothie

From Simple Green Smoothies

Caramel Apple Smoothie

Healthy Caramel Apple Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups fresh spinach2 cups almond milk| unsweetened1 Granny Smith apple| cored1 banana4 medjool dates| pitted1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

50 of Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

50 of Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

A smoothie is a convenient meal or snack option anytime u2014 just throw your ingredients in a blender| pour into a glass| and enjoy. Even better: the ingredient possibilities for shakes and smoothies are endless. We should know; we’re always in the kitchen creating and re-creating our favorite healthy smoothie recipes. Keep reading to see which healthy smoothies we’ve been blending up lately!

u2014 Additional reporting by Lizzie Fuhr| Michele Foley| and Jenny Sugar

| Monkey Flip Smoothie

After a long| sweaty run| you need to refuel and rehydrate fast. Whip up this quick coconut-water recovery smoothie from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.

| Cracked Oats and Flaxseed Smoothie

Serious athletes need a serious pre-workout drink. This cracked oats smoothie| from professional soccer player Kelley O’Hara| is not too heavy but packed with the nutrients you need to get through a hard workout.

| Thin Mint Smoothie

Craving a Thin Mint? Blend up this chocolate mint smoothie| from dancer and actress Julianne Hough| instead. Using Greek yogurt makes this creamy drink a milkshake-like treat.

| Banana Berry Smoothie

Shake up your recovery drink routine with a carb- and protein-rich smoothie; this postrun banana berry smoothie will be on constant rotation.

| Orange Green Smoothie

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s go-to trainer| Tracy Anderson| blends up this orange smoothie when she’s craving a creamy| metabolism-boosting drink.

| Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

As much as we’d like to| we can’t sit down to a slice of pumpkin pie all season long. Instead| blend up this six-ingredient pumpkin pie smoothie for a healthier treat.

| Cherry Smoothie

Jennifer Aniston loves this cherry smoothie| and you will too. It’s full of fiber and protein| as well as anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe sore muscles after a workout.

| Banana Choco-Malt Smoothie

Gone Paleo? This light banana choco-malt smoothie is full of fiber and tastes like dessert.

| Banana Bread Smoothie

Unlike real banana bread| this banana bread protein smoothie can help you lose weight; it’s packed with 34 grams of protein to help regulate your appetite and feel satisfied all morning long.

| Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Who needs a pint of diet-sabotaging mint chocolate chip ice cream when you’ve got this dairy-free mint chocolate chip smoothie to sip on?

| Tropical Coconut Water Smoothie

You’ve suited up and sweated it out at the gym| and now you need to recover. Our tropical coconut water smoothie is not only delicious but also high in electrolytes for those extrahard workout days.

| Lean Green Smoothie

This iron- and vitamin C-packed lean green smoothie is perfect if you’re feeling under the weather; vitamin C helps fend off a cold| and the mint in the recipe helps open up sinuses and soothe an upset stomach.

| Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

If you’re in the mood for a pumpkin smoothie that’s not too sweet| look no further. This pumpkin banana spice smoothie has a clean| fresh| slightly sweet taste and packs a punch when it comes to fiber and vitamin A.

| Apple Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Whip up this breakfast smoothie from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak (who helped Jessica Simpson shed her postbaby pounds). Made with just a few ingredients| this smoothie packs major protein| fiber| calcium| and vitamins to get your day off to a good start.

| Nutty Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Made from chocolate soy milk| peanut butter| and Greek yogurt| this nutty chocolate strawberry banana smoothie is full of protein| fiber| and a touch of sweetnessu00a0from the banana and strawberries.

| Frothy Protein Milkshake

This frothy protein milkshake looks so rich and creamy| you wouldn’t guess that it’s actually good for you!

| Fig Honey Yogurt Smoothie

Blend this creamy fig honey yogurt smoothie when your taste buds are craving something sweet. At 358 calories for a large 20-ounce serving| this smoothie will keep you full all morning.

| Creamsicle-Inspired Smoothie

Missing the old-school ice cream trucks in your neighborhood? No need to be blue! You can bring a Summer classic to your table at home with this healthy orange creamsicle smoothie recipe.

| Smoothie Bowl

Smoothies taste even better when they’re in a bowl! Wake up your morning with this recipe for a berry smoothie bowl.

| Supergreen Cacao Smoothie

A scoop of greens is a great way to add a dose of nutrition to your smoothie. This supergreen banana cacao smoothie gets its green hue from the supergreen spirulina but doesn’t lose its chocolatey taste.

| My Popeye Smoothie

As you may have guessed from the name| the My Popeye Smoothie is chock-full of spinach. Don’t let that scare you; the vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit mask the taste of the veggie.

| Detox Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

If you overdid it on the indulgent foods| then a refreshing| light smoothie with amazing detox properties is exactly what you need. This spinach strawberry lemonade smoothie will get your digestive tract back on track.

| Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

Something to look forward to after your workout u2014 this delicious peanut butter protein smoothie. It’s ready in a flash and packs 28 grams of protein so you can feed your tired muscles in no time.

| Cranberry Smoothie

Cranberries aren’t common in smoothie recipes| but they should be! Try a handful in this cranberry smoothie recipe u2014 it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

| Vegan Chocolate Shake

Thrive Juice Bar gets the credit for this creamy vegan chocolate shake recipe. Enjoy it as a post-workout recovery drink or as a healthy milkshake stand-in.

| Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

This pumpkin pie protein smoothie recipe is an easy way to enjoy Fall every day.

| Carrot Ginger Orange Smoothie

This liquid-based carrot ginger orange smoothie is similar to a fresh-pressed juice (without the cleanup)| making it ideal for the morning. The high amounts of beta carotene and fiber in this smoothie mean you should have this recipe ready to go for a day-after detox.

| Broccoli Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Want a delicious meal replacement that’s full of nutrients? Try this fiber- and protein-rich banana berry peanut butter smoothie. It’s only 330 calories| making it a great light meal| and the protein and fiber (from the secret ingredient broccoli) help keep you full without the bloat.

| Kimberly Snyder’s Green Glowing Smoothie

Made up of about 70 percent green vegetables| nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s Green Glowing smoothie helps you eat far more greens than you ordinarily would. She recommends this filling smoothie to her celeb clients to help them lose weight.

| Pre-Workout Smoothie

This low-calorie| quick pre-workout smoothie keeps pro surfer Erica Hosseini energized to catch the waves. You’ll love this smoothie whether your own workout is on land or sea.

| Almond Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

The Greek yogurt in this almond berry banana smoothie makes it rich and creamy. Best of all| the recipe is filling and balanced enough to be a complete breakfast!

| Avocado-Pear Smoothie

Avocados add a creamy texture| a burst of fiber| and vitamin C to smoothie recipes. Whip up this recipe for an avocado pear smoothie the next time you need a little MUFA-love in your life.

| Piu00f1a Colada Smoothie

A tall| frozen piu00f1a colada can clock in at 245 calories and 31.5 grams of sugar| so blend up this fresh colada-inspired smoothie that cuts out 102 calories and nearly half the sugar content instead.

| Chocolate Spinach Smoothie

Chocolate and spinach may not seem compatible| but this sweet smoothie blend proves that they’re a match made in smoothie heaven. High in vitamins A and C| calcium| and iron| this green-powered drink makes for a tasty breakfast treat or refreshing and light afternoon snack.

| Chocolate Peanut Butter PMS Smoothie

This chocolaty smoothie is made with Greek yogurt and chocolate soy milk| both of which are rich in calcium| which has been shown to help reduce PMS. There’s also fiber-rich spinach| full of B vitamins such as riboflavin and thiamine| proven to decrease PMS symptoms. The banana and cashews offer magnesium| which relieves bloating and constipation and also eases cramps. Then throw in some avocado| since studies show healthy fats can also reduce symptoms.

| Chocolate Coconut Water Smoothie

This three-ingredient coconut water smoothie plays up the flavor of chocolate ZICO coconut water| but the smoothie is thickened by a frozen banana and raw hemp seeds.

| Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon buns are tempting| but one large roll from the mall can be a whopping 800 calories| 17 grams of saturated fat| and 59 grams of sugar! If you’re craving all the flavors of the classic| then try blending up this fiber- and fruit-filled cinnamon bun smoothie that’s less than a quarter of the calories| with hardly any saturated fat whatsoever.

| Overnight Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

When it comes to breakfast| fast and healthy often don’t go hand in hand. You can grab something at a cafe| but even if you opt for granola or oatmeal| it’s usually unhealthier than if you made the same meal at home. If you’re looking for a quick and healthy breakfast| then try this apple cinnamon smoothie that you can make the night before.

| Postrun Recovery Smoothie

Skip the sports drink| and reach for this refreshing postrun recovery smoothie instead. It’s made with Greek yogurt and chocolate milk to offer muscle-building protein| and banana and the chocolate in the milk provide energy-packed carbs. Since a long run can be really taxing on your body’s immune system| the blueberries| strawberries| and raspberries will offer your body an antioxidant boost.

| Chia Berry Smoothie

Chia seeds offer an easy source of plant-based protein| anti-inflammatory omega-3s| and antioxidants to your diet. If you find their crunchy texture a little off-putting on their own| try tossing them into this refreshing chia berry smoothie.

| Vegan Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie

Made with only four ingredients| this vanilla smoothie tastes more like a luscious vanilla milkshake u2014 and it’s vegan. The secret? Soft tofu.

| Mojito Smoothie

If sipping a mojito on the beach isn’t in the cards anytime soon| then serve up this refreshing mojito smoothie that tastes spot-on to the boozy tropical treat. This riff on a green machine does more than offer a full serving of fruit and veggies u2014 it helps alleviate hangover pains! Instead of leaving you with a nasty headache| this virgin mojito is high in potassium| manganese| and B vitamins.

| Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie

In this metabolism-boosting smoothie| you’ll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt| almonds| and broccoli| which has been shown to help the body break down fat. The almonds| cannellini beans| and yogurt also add a great deal of protein| and what’s more| the zinc in the yogurt may increase the production of the hormone leptin| shown to improve metabolism and suppress appetite. Other metabolism boosters in this smoothie include vitamin C| green tea| and cinnamon.

| Sweet Spinach Smoothie

Spinach is the star in this sweet smoothie from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak| and for good reason u2014 with just one 16-ounce serving| you’ll be getting your entire recommended dietary allowance of vitamin A (great for healthy skin| hair| and eyes) and bone-building vitamin K| as well as an impressive amount of essential nutrients like manganese| potassium| and vitamin C.

| Blueberry Green Monster Smoothie

This simple blueberry green smoothie is full of nutrients like protein and also easy when you’re on the move.

| Papaya Ginger Mint Smoothie

If you’re feeling bloated| sluggish| or otherwise low-energy| it’s time to whip up this digestion-relieving smoothie. Almost every ingredient in this recipe is good for your gut: papaya helps you debloat and relieves constipation| Greek yogurt offers healthy probiotics for your system| and ginger and mint help calm any stomach upsets. It even has a splash of lemon juice to help flush out toxins.

| Mango Kiwi Smoothie

Made from hair-healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt| blueberries| and kidney beans| this mango kiwi smoothie will help moisturize the scalp and encourage growth. The beans also offer biotin| which is great not only for your hair but also for your skin.

| Cherry Berry Sore-Muscle Smoothie

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can cause discomfort after a workout| so reach for this recovery drink. This sore-muscle smoothie contains antioxidant-rich strawberries and kale| both of which are full of pain-easing vitamin C| as well as wheat germ| an excellent source of vitamin E| which can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage. The omega-3s in the walnuts can help reduce inflammation as well.

| Flat-Belly Smoothie

All the ingredients in this flat-belly smoothie are great for busting bloat| such as Greek yogurt and blueberries. If that’s not enough| you also get the sweetness of pineapple| which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat.

| Cinnamon Honey Green Tea Smoothie

Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy| but cinnamon and green tea have also both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties. In addition| research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels| meaning you won’t feel groggy after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty| sweet caffeinated beverage| forgo the Frappuccino for this 139-calorie green tea smoothie instead.

| Pear Weight-Loss Smoothie

Pears| berries| kiwi| avocado| greens| and flaxmeal are known for their high fiber content. Throw in some Greek yogurt for protein| and you’ve got a tangy breakfast weight-loss smoothie that’ll keep hunger at bay for hours| which means fewer calories consumed throughout the day.

| Clear-Skin Smoothie

Soothe and clear your skin from the inside out with this vitamin E-rich spinach avocado smoothie. Skin-brightening ingredients like strawberries| almond butter| and flaxseed help calm acne or inflammation issues on your face.

| Eggnog Smoothie

Eggnog may be a holiday rite| but all that cream and sugar come with a heavy caloric price tag. Now| you can enjoy a similar flavor and texture of the tradition with this healthy vegan smoothie| which is low in calories and high in potassium and fiber.

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

Eating breakfast is one way to get your metabolism fires burning strong, but what you eat can boost your metabolism even more. With a quick whir of the blender, here’s a smoothie recipe loaded with metabolism-boosting ingredients.

In this recipe, you’ll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, a nutrient that has been shown to help the body break down fat. The almonds, cannellini beans, and yogurt also add a great deal of protein, and what’s more, the zinc in the yogurt may increase the production of the hormone leptin, which is shown to improve metabolism and suppress appetite. The high-fiber strawberries keep you feeling full longer and are also packed with vitamin C. Pour in some green tea for caffeine, a natural metabolism booster, and top it all off with cinnamon, a warming spice that can temporarily boost metabolism. In the end, you’ve got a breakfast under 345 calories that offers over 30 grams of protein and 8.1 grams of fiber.

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

6 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt8 almonds1/4 cup broccoli florets, stems cut off1 cup frozen strawberries1/4 cup cannellini or garbanzo beans3/4 cup iced green tea1 teaspoon flaxmeal1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

Eating breakfast is one way to get your metabolism fires burning strong| but what you eat can boost your metabolism even more. With a quick whir of the blender| here’s a smoothie recipe loaded with metabolism-boosting ingredients.

In this recipe| you’ll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt| almonds| and broccoli| a nutrient that has been shown to help the body break down fat. The almonds| cannellini beans| and yogurt also add a great deal of protein| and what’s more| the zinc in the yogurt may increase the production of the hormone leptin| which is shown to improve metabolism and suppress appetite. The high-fiber strawberries keep you feeling full longer and are also packed with vitamin C. Pour in some green tea for caffeine| a natural metabolism booster| and top it all off with cinnamon| a warming spice that can temporarily boost metabolism. In the end| you’ve got a breakfast under 345 calories that offers over 30 grams of protein and 8.1 grams of fiber.

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie With 30 Grams of Protein

Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

6 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt8 almonds1/4 cup broccoli florets| stems cut off1 cup frozen strawberries1/4 cup cannellini or garbanzo beans3/4 cup iced green tea1 teaspoon flaxmeal1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Nutritionists Reveal the Perfect Weight-Loss Smoothie

Nutritionists Reveal the Perfect Weight-Loss Smoothie

Whether you’re new to the smoothie-making scene with a barely-out-of-the-box NutriBullet in your kitchen or your blender has hundreds of smoothies under its blades| you can easily learn how to make a delicious| satisfying smoothie that can also help you slim down. We’ve enlisted the expertise from three nutritionists u2014 Stephanie Clarke| RD| and Willow Jarosh| RD| of C&J Nutrition and Elyse Wagner| CN| from My Kitchen Shrink u2014 to share the perfect equation for how to make a filling| lip-smacking-good smoothie that will help you lose weight.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Calories

Smoothies are a great choice for breakfast| since they’re fast and easy and you can take them on the go. Be mindful of just how many healthy ingredients you’re shoving into your blender u2014 it’s easy to make an over 600-calorie creation! When you’re first beginning to make smoothies for weight loss| it’s best to measure ingredients instead of eyeballing them. Willow and Stephanie note that everyone’s daily calorie needs are different depending on height| weight| and amount of exercise. In general| aim for a 300- to 400-calorie breakfast smoothie.

This chocolate banana cashew smoothie is 375 calories.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Fiber

Getting your fill of fiber is essential for dropping pounds| because it fills your belly and keeps you feeling full longer so you won’t feel hungry. Daily recommendations for fiber are around 25 grams| so Willow and Stephanie suggest trying to fit between five and 10 grams of fiber in at breakfast. Here are some ingredients you can add to your blender to boost the fiber content. The protein content is included to see how one ingredient can offer double the weight-loss power (fiber plus protein!). Aside from the typical fruits and greens listed below| Elyse recommends getting a little creative by adding Swiss chard| arugula| or even romaine.

Ingredient Fiber (g) Calories Protein (g)
1/2 cup blueberries pear berry weight-loss smoothie offers above and beyond the recommendation of fiber for breakfast u201419 grams u2014 just in case you know you have a hard time getting enough later in the day.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Protein

Getting enough protein in the morning is also essential for weight loss. Since protein takes longer to digest| it also takes more calories to burn| so you’ll shed pounds faster. Consuming 15 to 25 percent of your total daily calories from protein each day is a healthy spot to aim for| which would be 60 to 100 grams. Willow and Stephanie say that the lower-mid end of that range is perfect for most people| so let’s say 65 grams of protein each day| which would be about 10 to 15 grams in the morning. While yogurt and milk are great options for protein-packed smoothie ingredients| check out the others below u2014 some offer tons of filling fiber as well.

Ingredient Protein (g) Calories Fiber (g)
1 cup skim milk 17 90 3
1 tablespoon almond butter vegan vanilla milkshake smoothie offers 17.4 grams of protein.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Healthy Fats

Don’t avoid fats because you think they make you fat. Although they can be high in calories| small amounts are essential. Willow says| “”Not only does the fat help your body fully absorb all of the nutrients you’re getting from the other ingredients (fat-soluble vitamins A| D| E| and K need fat in order for our bodies to use them)| but fat helps a meal feel more satiating.”” Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) also have the added benefit of raising good HDL cholesterol| lowering bad LDL cholesterol| and helping prevent belly fat. Almonds| cashews| peanuts| peanut butter| flaxseeds| chia seeds| and avocados are excellent sources; just go for small amounts| since they’re calorie-dense.

This clear-skin smoothie is made with both avocado and almond butter.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Carbs

When trying to slim down| carb intake can be a major concern for many individuals. Since smoothies tend to include fruits| the high-sugar content may worry you. Willow| Stephanie| and Elyse agree that an all-fruit smoothie wouldn’t be the best idea| since it’s a large dose of sugar coming at you at one time with not a lot of protein or healthy fats to satiate you and balance out the meal. Plus your energy levels will soon plummet as your pangs of hunger rise. As long as you include 10 to 15 grams of protein and add some other ingredients besides fruit such as kale| avocado| and nuts| these nutritionists say not worry about overdoing it on the carbs.

This chocolate milkshake smoothie is loaded with sweet| dessert-like flavor and has just over 15 grams of sugar.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Hydration

Aside from fiber| liquid can also offer that full feeling| as well as prevent the bloating that accompanies constipation. Aside from hydrating fruits and veggies| go for low-cal options like straight-up water| coconut water| green tea| or unsweetened almond milk (it’s only coconut-water ice cubes| Willow suggests cutting down slightly on the fruit when using it as an ingredient.

This debloating pineapple-papaya smoothie is made with cucumbers| coconut water| and ice cubes.

Source: Jenny Sugar

| Smoothie Recipe 1 (Dairy)

Now that you’ve got a handle on the perfect smoothie equation| here are two perfect examples to get you started on dropping pounds.

Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups kale

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

3 ounces plain Greek yogurt

1/4 avocado

1 cup water

Source: Calorie Count

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| Smoothie Recipe 2 (Vegan)

Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

2 cups spinach

1 banana

1/2 cup strawberries

1/5 container soft tofu

1/2 tablespoon almond butter

1 cup unsweetened soymilk

1/2 cup coconut water

Source: Calorie Count

Source: Jenny Sugar

Want a Flat Belly? This Smoothie Will Help Get You There

Forget doing another set of crunches at the gym. Tomorrow morning| sip on this deliciously sweet smoothie packed with ingredients that fight belly fat and reduce bloating ¡ª all for under 300 calories.

The Greek yogurt in the recipe provides a good amount of calcium and protein| both of which can aid in weight loss. The smoothie also contains several ingredients ¡ª like blueberries ¡ª that have been shown to help diminish belly fat. If that’s not enough| you also get the sweetness of pineapple| which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat. You won’t be able to taste the kale| which is full of fiber to prevent constipation| and there’s calorie-free water to help clean you out.

Flat-Belly Smoothie

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Flat-Belly Smoothie

Flat Belly Smoothie

Ingredients

3 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt1 tablespoon almond butter1/2 cup frozen blueberries1/2 cup frozen pineapple1 cup kale3/4 cup water

Want a Flat Belly? This Smoothie Will Help Get You There

Forget doing another set of crunches at the gym. Tomorrow morning, sip on this deliciously sweet smoothie packed with ingredients that fight belly fat and reduce bloating ¡ª all for under 300 calories.

The Greek yogurt in the recipe provides a good amount of calcium and protein, both of which can aid in weight loss. The smoothie also contains several ingredients ¡ª like blueberries ¡ª that have been shown to help diminish belly fat. If that’s not enough, you also get the sweetness of pineapple, which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat. You won’t be able to taste the kale, which is full of fiber to prevent constipation, and there’s calorie-free water to help clean you out.

Flat-Belly Smoothie

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Flat-Belly Smoothie

Flat Belly Smoothie

Ingredients

3 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt1 tablespoon almond butter1/2 cup frozen blueberries1/2 cup frozen pineapple1 cup kale3/4 cup water

A Clean Strawberry Smoothie You’ll Want to Start Every Morning With

The following post was originally featured on According to Elle and written by Elle Penner| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

You guys know drinking cabbage is my new MO these days. I just can’t get enough| which is why I’m so excited to bring you my latest favorite cruciferous concoction: this ahhhmazing Clean Strawberry Smoothie.

Would you like a sip?

Yes| yes you do.

I know this because my husband and I took down an entire pitcher last weekend and battled over the last few sips hiding in the bottom of the blender.

As you know| smoothies can quickly go from healthy to high-sugar depending on just what you put into the blender. For this reason| strawberries are one of my favorite smoothie fruits because they’re naturally low in sugar. They add a subtle sweetness| fiber| and important phytochemicals to smoothies while keeping the total sugar count down.

And| natural or not| if there’s one thing most of us can afford to cut back on| it’s most likely sugar.

Grab your blenders and give this a whirl this weekend. The hubs will vouch that it tastes just as good as it looks.

To get the full recipe| check out Elle’s blog!

Image Source: Elle Penner

A Clean Strawberry Smoothie You’ll Want to Start Every Morning With

The following post was originally featured on According to Elle and written by Elle Penner, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

You guys know drinking cabbage is my new MO these days. I just can’t get enough, which is why I’m so excited to bring you my latest favorite cruciferous concoction: this ahhhmazing Clean Strawberry Smoothie.

Would you like a sip?

Yes, yes you do.

I know this because my husband and I took down an entire pitcher last weekend and battled over the last few sips hiding in the bottom of the blender.

As you know, smoothies can quickly go from healthy to high-sugar depending on just what you put into the blender. For this reason, strawberries are one of my favorite smoothie fruits because they’re naturally low in sugar. They add a subtle sweetness, fiber, and important phytochemicals to smoothies while keeping the total sugar count down.

And, natural or not, if there’s one thing most of us can afford to cut back on, it’s most likely sugar.

Grab your blenders and give this a whirl this weekend. The hubs will vouch that it tastes just as good as it looks.

To get the full recipe, check out Elle’s blog!

Image Source: Elle Penner

These Banana and Spinach Smoothie Muffins Are a Healthy Way to Mix Up Your Routine

While making another one of my favorite smoothies| seeing a bunch of ripe bananas in the kitchen gave me the urge to bake some banana bread. Then a light went off ¡ª why not combine a smoothie recipe with banana bread to make banana smoothie muffins?

Made with pureed banana| spinach| and strawberries| these muffins came out even more deliciously sweet and moist than anticipated. Skeptics might be turned off by the greenish hue| but just like green eggs and ham| “try them| try them|” and this might become your new favorite banana bread recipe.

Banana Smoothie Muffins

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Banana Smoothie Muffins

Banana Smoothie Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas2 cups packed baby spinach8 strawberries1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour3/4 cup sugar1 egg1/4 cup canola oil1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon salt