My Favorite Smoothies

7 Healthy Layers For Flavor-Filled Green Smoothies

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

Now that spring has brought warmer weather, I’m back into making smoothies again – especially with my favorite ingredient – Chocolate. If you don’t want chocolate every day, the orange-flavored creamsicle smoothie is a flavorful option.

It was a little harder to get excited about drinking these frosty, frothy concoctions during winter, but it’s not hard AT ALL in warm weather.  I think you’ll love these green smoothie recipes featured today – two chocolates and the creamsicle.

Flavor-Filled Green Smoothie Recipes

Yes, greens go into these smoothies, but they don’t all turn out to be green in color.  If you can’t stomach the green color for some reason, then shut your eyes and imagine the color you’d like your smoothie to be.  With your eyes shut, you’ll never know the true color.  Wink.

Here’s my process in general for putting together a healthy smoothie, layer by layer.  Use the cup measurement lines on the side of your blender or Vitamix™.

First Layer: 1-1/2 to 2 cups Milk

Milk of your choice.  I prefer coconut water, low-fat coconut milk, or unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  You choose whatever you like.

Second Layer: 1/2 – 1 cup Fruit

Frozen fruit of choice.  The most health-friendly fruits are organic frozen mango, raspberries, or mixed berries, from frozen section at Walmart.  1/2 frozen banana gives a nice texture and sweetness, too.  If using berries, use 1/2 cup rather than a full cup for the best health boost without a natural sugar surge.

Third Layer: 3 to 4 cups of Greens

Greens of choice.  Fresh or frozen organic spinach or kale are the best choices for optimal health, flavor, and consistency.  Regular lettuce leaves are not as good as spinach or kale, but you be the judge.

Fourth Layer: Protein

One tablespoon of peanut or almond butter, one-two teaspoons of chia seeds, 3 teaspoons of hemp hearts, or 1/2 to 1 full scoop of protein powder of choice.

Fifth Layer:  Healthy Oil

MCT oil or organic coconut oil are best.  (Olive oil doesn’t do so well in frozen drinks.)  If using coconut water or milk as your milk layer, you can omit this layer if you wish.  Although, Trim Healthy Mama’s MCT Oil* is always helpful for brain building health.

Sixth Layer:  Flavor/Spice Options for Health

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or spice mix (like pumpkin pie spice), ginger, vanilla, a doonk of stevia for extra sweetness, 2 – 3 drops of essential oil, or 1 tablespoon cacao powder.

Creamsicle Smoothie
The Creamsicle Smoothie

Seventh Layer Option:  Probiotic Boost

Since probiotics are not harmed by cool temperatures like they are when heating, add a capsule or 1/4 teaspoon of probiotic powder for your tasteless daily dose without swallowing a pill.  🙂

This is the first of my favorite chocolate smoothie recipes.

My Favorite Smoothies
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Chocolate Cacao Smoothie

This full-flavored smoothie is packed with protein and health!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries or 1/2 frozen banana (banana is tastier, but raspberries are healthier)
  • 3-4 cups kale or spinach leaves
  • 1/2 to 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp MCT oil
  • 1 doonk pure stevia (or 1 tsp. of THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1/4 tsp probiotic powder

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or Vitamix, layer by layer.  Turn on high and process for one minute or until completely smooth.  Enjoy!

For a little less chocolaty flavor, use vanilla protein powder rather than chocolate.  Also add 1 tsp. of cinnamon.  It’s very good, too!

Chocolate Smoothie

The creamsicle flavor is easy and surprisingly delicious!

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Creamsicle Smoothie

An orange flavored frothy smoothie with mango.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic mango chunks
  • 3-4 cups kale or spinach leaves
  • 2 drops pure orange essential oil
  • 1/2 tsp MCT oil
  • 1/4 tsp probiotic
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp dried ground ginger or 1/2-inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 doonk pure stevia or 1 tsp. THM Gentle Sweet

Instructions

  1. Load blender with each layer of ingredients.  Blend for 1 minute until completely smooth.  Enjoy!

    Creamsicle Smoothie

Admittedly, Joyous Health got me started on green smoothies, and then Dani Spies at Clean and Delicious was my next stop for Green Smoothies – 3 Ways.  You can see many recipes for smoothies on my Healthy Smoothies Board on Pinterest.

I don’t have a link for this next smoothie by Dr. Axe, but the original recipe came in a booklet that was mailed to my house, I believe.  I made small adaptations and it’s also a favorite – the second of the chocolate recipes.

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My Favorite Dr. Axe's Chocolate Smoothie

A great way to use vanilla protein powder for a rich flavor in your chocolate smoothie!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 doonk Pure Stevia or 1 tsp THM Gentle Sweet. my suggestion)
  • 1to 1-1/2 cup Almond Milk unsweetened vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Yogurt
  • 1 handful Frozen Organic Mango Chunks
  • 2-3 handfuls Kale leaves
  • 1 probiotic Contents of Capsule my addition, optional

Instructions

  1. Blend all in blender or Vitamix until well combined and creamy-smooth.  Enjoy!

    Flavorful Smoothies

Find more smoothie recipes here on Dr. Axe’s website.  He has a lot of fruity ones that look delicious!

Well, I hope this helps motivate you to get into some smoothie mojo.  Maybe even some green ones!  🙂

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4 Comments

  • Maria Isela Sandoval

    Thank you KIm! I’m no too excited about smoothies, but do know they are good for you… You definetely have inspired me to give them a try!

    Blessings! Thank you again!

  • Diane

    5 stars
    Hi Kim, so glad you sent these great looking and sounding delicious smoothie recipes. Looking forward to trying them. Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation. I know you are so proud.

    Blessings to you sweet sister,
    Diane

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