This week I’ve decided to test out two healthy, easy to make smoothies. I’m going to see whether they are as simple as advertised, if the cost of the ingredients is worth it, and most importantly if they taste good. So I found two recipes one for a Power Smoothie and the other for a Detox Green Smoothie.
Power Smoothie Ingredients
- 1 cup orange juice (good quality)
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 3 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup ice
Green Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach leaves
1 banana, cut into pieces
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, add more if needed
So far neither smoothie looks too complicated to make. The only thing I’m a little apprehensive about is that both drinks contain spinach. I was curious to know why this random ingredient was added to both recipes, because I am almost positive it isn’t for flavor. I actually found spinach has many health benefits containing iron, calcium, magnesium, helps promote healthy bones, lowers blood pressure, and even fights cancer and diabetes. Another odd ingredient in the Green Detox Smoothie was chia seeds, but chia seeds are fiber and protein rich foods loaded with antioxidants and containing very few calories. So it seems both smoothies are really focusing on providing nutrients to the consumer. So let’s get started!
The first smoothie I made was the Power Smoothie. I actually had all of the ingredients in my home to make this smoothie but I’d estimate the cost to come out to around 15 dollars. This recipe made a lot more than I expected so I’d say the cost would be worth it because you end up with about three whole smoothies. It was really easy to make and filling so making this smoothie as a meal replacement would work really well. It’s filling enough to keep you energized and contains a great amount of nutrients. As for the taste I’ve had better but it wasn’t something I found hard to drink like some of the other healthy smoothies I’ve had. Overall I’d say the Power Smoothie was a success and I recommend trying this smoothie as a meal replacer to provide your body with the needed nutrients and without the unnecessary calories!
I then tested out the Green Detox Smoothie. I just had to buy the frozen pineapple which was like four bucks. I had the rest of the ingredients so I’ve estimated the cost to about sixteen dollars. The only thing I would say about this is that the amount of smoothie made is a lot less than the Power Smoothie so I’d say it’s not completely cost efficient. Other than that it tasted great and was really easy to make! The other great thing about both of these smoothies is that they can easily be prepared then stored in the fridge and used as a easy to go meal that’s really healthy.
Overall I’d definitely recommend trying out both of these smoothies. They could be a fun healthy snack, a meal to go, or, if you are really going for the healthiest option, a daily meal replacement.