A few weeks back, William and I tried a smoothie cleanse. We were kinda sorta committed to it (at best), so it obviously didn’t end up being a full cleanse. However, we did get into the habit of drinking smoothies for breakfast each day. We have found that often, smoothies give us more nutrition than a typical quick breakfast and they keep us full for longer. They are easy to make, and what I love most is that you know exactly what goes into them. These smoothies can be easily altered to fit your taste preferences, dietary restrictions, or nutritional needs. Each one takes about five to ten minutes to make. We calculated servings off of pint-sized mason jars (so one serving is about 2 full cups of smoothie).
I decided to post all five recipes together because they are all so simple. Essentially, you throw all of the ingredients into the blender and enjoy your smoothie! There are a few places that require more planning. For soaked oats and chia seeds you’ll want to cover them with hot water in a small dish and let them sit for about half an hour to an hour. This is more important for the chia seeds because it gives them the gelatinous texture they need to act as a binding agent for the smoothie. Oats can be included without being soaked beforehand resulting in a thicker smoothie. Also- whenever a recipe calls for frozen fruit, it is actually not required that it be frozen. If you are planning to drink the smoothie immediately, you might want to stick some of it in the freezer a few hours before you make it so that you can enjoy a cold smoothie. However, if you are planning to make it the night before, it will be refrigerated and cooled overnight anyway, so there’s no need to freeze anything!