Power Up with Organic Smoothies

Posted by Rebecca Bilodeau on May 29, 2016 2:43:00 PM

The power suit is a staple of many offices, but what about a power smoothie? Organic smoothies are a delicious and easy way to get in a serving of fruit (or three!) and keep your energy up between meals. A break room blender and the contents of your Boston Organics box open a world of snacking possibilities for you and your office staff. By combining a liquid (almond milk, dairy milk, juice, coconut water), a thickener (banana, avocado, oats, yogurt), a protein (nut butter, yogurt) and fruit, you can mix and match endlessly. Here are some of our favorite recipes, simple enough for a healthy office environment.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Boston Organics - Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

What’s Goes In:
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup almond milk
1 heaping tbsp peanut butter

Why We Love It: In addition to adding sweetness to smoothies, bananas are chock-full of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium. They also lend your smoothie a creamy texture, so that you may as well be enjoying a milkshake, without all the added sugar. Peanut butter and almond milk incorporate protein into this smoothie, helping to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

The Secret Ingredient: If you’re looking for a little indulgence, add half of a disc of Taza chocolate to your smoothie for the last few pulses. It’s a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while avoiding a massive sugar crash later. Plus, dark chocolate contains disease-fighting flavenoids. Bonus!

Froots Green Smoothie

Boston Organics - Froots Green Smoothie

What’s Goes In:
1 cup washed leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach, etc.)
1 apple or pear
1 banana
1 cup water 
1/2 cup ice cubes 

Why We Love It: This smoothie is a great way to catch up if you don’t think you’ll hit your five servings of fruits and vegetables by the end of the day. It is also replenishing if you’re feeling a little droopy, delivering all the nutritional benefits of leafy greens and fruit.

The Secret Ingredient: For an extra kick, add a half inch of ginger to your smoothie. If the spicy pungent flavor doesn’t get you, ginger’s anti-inflammatory, digestion-aiding properties will be sure to lend you a boost to get through the work day. 

Special Thanks: This recipe was developed by our friend, Lauren, over at Froots Juicing. It serves as the inspiration for the ingredients found in our Juicing & Smoothie Kit, available as an add-on.

Peach-Berry Lassi Smoothie

Boston Organics - Peach-Berry Lassi Smoothie

What’s Goes In:
1 ripe peach, washed and pitted
1/4 cup berries, washed (strawberries, blueberries or raspberries work well)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt 
1/2 cup ice cubes
1-2 tsp honey or agave (depending on sweetness preference)

Why We Love it: This smoothie just tastes like summertime. The sweet peach and tart berries will bring a burst of sunshine to your office and brighten any day.

The Secret Ingredient: Freeze sliced peaches and berries ahead of time. The frozen fruit will make your smoothie even more frosty and frothy for a warm summer’s day.

 

MORE SMOOTHIE RECIPES:

 

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CARROT MANGO KIWI SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 5 oz carrots - chopped
  • 1 mango - peeled, pitted
  • 1 kiwi - peeled
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Recipe

Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Adapted from Green Blender

 

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TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup liquid of choice

Recipe

Combine produce ingredients in a blender. 

Add 1/2 cup liquid of choice per serving you plan on making: water, milk, almond or other non-dairy milk, fruit juice. For a thicker, creamier smoothie, add 1/4 cup yogurt. 

Blend until smooth. 

Enjoy immediately after preparing smoothie to avoid discoloration.

Recipe Courtesy of Kelly Scott, Boston Organics Produce Buyer

 

CARROT GINGER KUMQUAT SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots - chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 oz kumquat - unpeeled
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Recipe

Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Adapted from Green Blender

 

CHOPCHOP'S BANANA CREAM PIE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ice cubes

Recipe

Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all of your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

Put all the ingredients in the blender. Put the top on tightly, turn the blender to a medium setting and blend until the ice is chopped and the mixture is smooth, about a minute.

Serve right away - or store in a thermos or covered in the refrigerator, up to 4 hours.

Think ahead: Freeze the banana ahead of time for a thicker, slushier, smoothie!

Adapted from ChopChop Magazine

 

CRANBERRY-PLUM GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces homemade almond milk(or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 plums, pitted
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 small head of escarole lettuce

Recipe

Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Tracy Russell for Incredible Smoothies

 

DANDELION GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups dandelion greens, chopped
  • 1-2 pears, chopped
  • 2 dates, chopped
  • 1-2 cups coconut water
  • 3 ice cubes

Recipe

Dandelion greens are an excellent source of calcium, vitamin A, C and K. The pears and dates are a natural way to offset the bitter flavor of these leafy greens, so adjust the proportions to your liking.

In a blender, combine pears, dates, dandelion and coconut water. Blend on the highest speed until smooth and creamy.

Adapted from Wishful Chef

 

HEALTHY PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Recipe

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, making sure the ice is completely crushed.

If desired, top with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon or a drizzle of honey.

Makes 2 servings.

Adapted from About Food

 

KALE, SPINACH AND PEAR SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup spinach leaves
  • 1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (or soy milk or orange juice)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Recipe

Remove kale leaves from their rough center stalk and coarsely chop.  In a blender, combine kale spinach and almond milk.  Blend until no big kale bits remain.  Stop blender and add banana honey and pear.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy immediately.

Adapted from Joy the Baker

 

KIWI-BANANA COCKTAIL SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 banana, peeled and cubed
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • Lemon peels

Recipe

Place the water, kiwi, and banana into a blender, followed by the apple, spinach, and ice (adding the ingredients in this order helps keep the blender from jamming up). Puree until smooth. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with lemon peels.

Adapted from thekitchn.com

 

MANGO BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup ripe mango
  • 1 cup Butterworks Farm Plain Organic Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons mild honey
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice (to taste)
  • 6 raw almonds (untoasted)

Recipe

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth. Depending on consistency, you may need to add 2-3 ice cubes if using fresh blueberries. Yields 2 servings.

For a vegan alternative, we suggest using Jubali Unsweetened Almond Milk.

Adapted from New York Times Cooking

 

STRAWBERRY PEACH SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 peach, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, slightly warmed

Recipe

Blend peach, strawberries and milk in blender until smooth.

Slowly pour coconut oil into blender while blending. Enjoy!

Adapted from Unrefined Kitchen

 

SUMMER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Nectarine
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup liquid of choice

Recipe

Combine produce ingredients in a blender. Add 1/2 cup liquid of choice per serving you plan on making: water, milk, almond or other non-dairy milk, fruit juice. For a thicker, creamier smoothie, add 1/4 cup yogurt. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately after preparing smoothie to avoid discoloration.

 

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