Smoothie recipes to make mornings easier

Marye Audet

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Smoothies are sweet, filled with nutrients and a great way to start your day. Since the thick breakfast beverage is so similar to a shake, your kids will think they are getting fast food for breakfast. Shh -- we won't tell if you don’t.

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Smoothie tips

Smoothies are usually a combination of dairy and fruit whirled in the blender with ice until the ingredients mix into a smooth, creamy concoction. The following tips will make your smoothies even better.

  • Keep the fruit for a single smoothie in the freezer. When you're ready for a smoothie, just add the frozen fruit to the mixture instead of ice. Your drink will be thick, but have more intense fruit flavor.
  • If your kids won't eat their vegetables, a smoothie is a great way to hide them. Don't go overboard, though. A tablespoon of grated carrots, beets or even spinach will hide behind the sweetness of the fruit.
  • Add liquid to the blender first for easier, smoother blending.
  • A tablespoon or two of protein powder increases the muscle-building protein in your smoothie.
  • Add flax seed, bran or oatmeal for fiber — just a tablespoon or two will suffice.
  • It takes seconds to add a dollop of yogurt and a fresh mint leaf for garnish, but the wow factor multiplies exponentially.
  • Make a swirled smoothie by using two different recipes and layering them in the glass. Move a spoon from the bottom to the top of the mixture a few of times to create swirls.

Tropical smoothie

Serving size 2 large or 4 small

This tropical smoothie is full of potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Power smoothie

Serving size 4 small

When you have one of "those" days, try this high protein mix with a blast of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and protein. Big plus? It has compounds in it that fight aging.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup papaya
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed

Directions:

Peel the banana and papaya and cut them into chunks. Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and thick.

The big orange

Serving size 4 small

This bright, cheerful orange-colored smoothie is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mango, chopped and peeled
  • 1/2 cup peach, chopped (peel on or off, as you desire)
  • 1/2 cup papaya, chopped and peeled
  • 3/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions:

Add all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth

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