Blueberry pear smoothie

Smoothies are full of vitamins and minerals with a lot of flavor to jump-start your day. Not only is it nutrient-packed, it also keeps hunger pangs at bay, definitely a better alternative to snacking on calories. This fruit-only smoothie is a nice alternative to a green-smoothie, sweetened with a dash of honey!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cold milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 cups sweet blueberries
  • 1 cup pear, seeded and chopped

Method:

Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed above. Blend, pour and enjoy!


Ginger, spinach and pear smoothie

How about a warming smoothie to get you through the winter?

Green smoothies are one of the best ways to start your morning. It’s nutrient dense and is an easy and quick way to get in a healthy meal, especially for those on-the-go. Get a good blender and mix in the right vegetables and fruits and your aversion to drinking a green smoothie will quickly dissipate. Spinach is low in calories, but high in folate, calcium, fiber and vitamins. It is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. Try this smoothie which couples spinach with ginger and pears. Pears support heart, brain and gut health and ginger has anti-cancer and anti-inflammation properties but also keeps the sore throat at bay.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 ripe pears, diced
  • 1tbsp ginger, diced (or less if you are not a ginger fan)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 pitted dates (I use this for sweetness)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 scoops flax

Method:

Blend all ingredients. And enjoy….this is a smoothie that can tide you through lunch.


Chai (Tea)

Chai….a staple of Indian homes. I didn’t really drink tea while growing up. Unlike Nilesh, who comes from a family that doesn’t get moving until they’ve had at least two cups of tea. So, I’ve learnt that the best way to get Nilesh moving is to have that cup of chai ready for when he wakes up, and woah, that honey-do-list gets moving in earnest! Kidding aside, we both swear that this ginger, cardamom combination not only is a great start to the day but the ginger keeps those sore throats away! On weekends, grab a cup of chai and the newspaper and it’s the perfect start to the weekend.

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp tea leaves (typically, 1 per cup of tea)
  • Sugar to taste
  • For Ginger-Cardamom tea
    • 1/2 tsp finely minced /grated ginger
    • 3 green cardamom pods with seeds – crushed

Instructions:

  • In a pan on stovetop, mix water and milk
  • When mixture starts to bubble, add in the ginger and cardamom
  • Bring mixture to boil, and add tea leaves and switch off stove
  • Cover and let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes
  • Filter into a cup with a small sieve and serve

Chocolate Smoothie (Oats, Blueberries, Banana)

Healthy, filling, satisfying start to the day! No time for a sit-down breakfast but want something that’s healthy and keeps you satiated for a few hours? This perfect combination of oats, blueberries, bananas and chocolate along with some flaxseed is a smoothie packed with beneficial nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Perfect for an on-the-go meal!

SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 10 Almonds
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Oats (uncooked old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 scoops Flaxseed
  • 4 scoops Chocolate Protein powder (I use Orgain protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Pour the Almond Milk into a blender (I use a Vitamix)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Blend – 1-2 minutes based on your blender
  4. Pour and enjoy!


Very Berry Chocolate Smoothie

Almonds + Berries + Chocolate = Loads of Antioxidants! And kids just love any chocolate drink. So, motivate yourself and the kids to get moving and then come back for this delicious smoothie.

Now I do use Orgain’s protein powder. It fuels your body with clean, organic protein and other nutrients. Given that it’s all plant-based, I don’t think twice when the kids make a smoothie with it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 scoops Orgain Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 8 Almonds
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 0.5 cup frozen Strawberries
  • 2 cups Almond Milk

METHOD:

  1. Add the Almond Milk to a blender (I use a Vitamix)
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients
  3. Blend, pour and enjoy!

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple pie, anyone?? How about apples and cinnamon for breakfast? This smoothie is a rif on a smoothie I came across in Mens Health magazine. We loved the flavor of sesame seeds, this one incorporates. A delicious, protein-filled smoothie that’s bursting with flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla flavored Protein Powder
  • 1 Apple, core removed, and sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup of Spinach
  • 1 tbsp of Almonds
  • 1 tbsp of ground Flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp of Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder

Method:

  1. Pour milk into the blender (I use a Vitamix)
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Blend and slurrrrppppppp!

Peanut Butter – Dragon Fruit Smoothie

The Pretty-in-Pink Smoothie gets it’s vibrant color from Dragon Fruit. This tropical fruit has a subtle sweet flavor that can be described as a cross between a pear, kiwi and watermelon. It’s rich in anti-oxidants, high in fiber and could potentially lower your blood sugar. It can also strengthen your immune system and boost your iron. Combine that with peanut butter which has plenty of protein, high in fiber and good for your bones – and you get a delicious, great-looking and good-for-you smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen Dragon fruit – cubed
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk (or cow’s milk)

Blend, pour …..slurp!!


Easy Mango Lassi

Lassi is basically a yogurt based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is typically a blend of yoghurt, water or milk, spices and sometimes fruit.

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 2 cups Mango Pulp (or 3 cups Mango cubes fresh mango peeled and chopped, choose very ripe mangoes or frozen mango)
  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • A Blender

To begin, pour in your Mango Pulp into the blender, followed by the Greek Yogurt. Next, add your ice. If you would like there to be more or less ice, feel free to experiment! Then, add your water so that the lassi is easier to Blend. Lastly, blend! Pour a glass and enjoy!