Cherry Cabbage Smoothie – Bright red cabbage and cherries create a fiery color, and honey and cinnamon add sweetness to this tasty vegetable smoothie. Combine in a blender for one minute: ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup frozen cherries, ½ cup red cabbage (chopped well), 1 heaping teaspoon honey, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes). Top with fresh granola to add a funky texture.
Hot Broccoli Smoothie – The “hot” part of this smoothie comes from fresh salsa, which gives the raw food shake an added kick. Combine the following ingredients in a blender and mix for one minute, pouring the liquids in first: 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup fresh salsa, ¼ cup freshly squeeze orange juice, ½ cup broccoli (finely chopped), 1 tomato (chopped), ½ cup spinach (chopped), 1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds and 1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes). Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Apple Arugula Smoothie – Apples and arugula are two powerful health foods that combine in this green veggie shake to deliver a delicious taste. Mix in a blender for one minute: ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup of arugula (packed), 1 tablespoon pecans (or walnuts), ½ apple (cored and peeled), ¼ cup low-fat coconut milk (or yogurt) and 1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes). Add a small slice of apple for garnish.
Sweet & Spicy Carrot Smoothie – Orange carrots combine with sweet fall spices for a warming take on the vegetable smoothie. Add to a blender and mix for one minute: ½ cup apple juice, ¼ cup apple sauce, 1 cup cooked and chopped carrots, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ cup low-fat coconut milk (or yogurt), 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes). Sprinkle cinnamon on top to finish it off
Blueberry Beet Smoothie – This beautiful purple smoothie delivers antioxidants along with its royal hue and includes ground flax seed for added nutrition. Combine in a blender for one minute: ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1/3 cup diced beet (either roasted or raw), ¼ cup plain yogurt (low-fat is fine), 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes). Garnish with a slice of orange for a pretty contrast.