Clearly, we are smoothie enjoyers here at The Good Stuff (it says so on my business card). So when it's time to create new flavours, I consider it my moral duty to canvas the nutrition community to understand what makes the best smoothies.
The best smoothies are both densely nutritious and immensely satisfying. Like the very best pizza, they can’t just be whipped up by accident. They follow specific recipes.
And now, I’m peeling back the curtain.
I’m unveiling to you the secret smoothie recipes of Vancouver’s most revered dietitians and nutritionists. Kind of like seeing top pizza chefs’ favourite pizza.
Bookmark this page and your smoothies will never be the same.
Winter Warming Smoothie
Chloe Elgar, Chloe’s Countertop
"I am really into this smoothie right now as Vancouver's rain season really hits it hard. Lately, I've been noticing my body asking for more warmth, and support (in the form of warming foods and lots of cuddles and cozy-times). Fall season calls for a lot of porridge, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Fall is also an important time to increase your fat consumption and raw energy, so that your body has the fuel to stay warm and nourished."
- 1 banana
- 1 cup almond mylk (homemade if possible)
- 2 medjool dates OR 1/2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (soaked overnight in water for optimal digestion)
- 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder OR 2-inch piece of turmeric root
- 1 tsp ginger powder OR small piece of ginger root
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp maca powder
Diana Steele, Global TV
I like to make smoothies for my kids. They’re almost high school age and I keep it pretty simple. Here it is:
- ½ cup Greek yogurt,
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen raspberries,
- 1 handful baby kale or spinach,
- 1/2 cup 100% pure Tropicana
Egg White Smoothie
Adrienne Dall'Antonia, Eating For Energy
I have to admit that I rarely have smoothies because I enjoy chewing too much…BUT I do make lots of smoothies for my three teenagers… Here’s one of my favourites:
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup berries
- 1 cup calcium-fortified orange juice and
- 1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites.
- I am going to try this one using 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 unsweetened Silk fortified coconut “milk”…maybe add some pineapple for a pina colada effect!
Energy Booster Smoothie
Mandy King, Healthy Eating and Living
I love this smoothie because I get a nice boost of energy after drinking it, and I feel full until lunch from the added protein. The fiber in the flax is also amazing for my digestion, and let's face it, almond butter makes everything taste better!!
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 TBSP flax, freshly ground
- 1 TBSP almond butter
- 1.25 cups water
- Handful spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein
Lean Green Smoothie
Erika Weissenborn, Fresh In Your Fridge
I like this smoothie when I'm feeling a little low in the greens department, and want to top up my reserves on the pronto. This ain't for the faint of heart, but your body will thank you (and your taste buds will adjust).
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 1/2 cup zucchini
- 2 cups greens - kale or spinach
- 1/2 lemon peeled
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger
- 2-4 TBL chia seeds
- optional: 1/2 -1 banana if you want some sweetness.
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