Healthy, convenient and portable, smoothies are ideal fuel-on-the-go for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. If you are one of those who have busy mornings, these smoothie recipes are the perfect solution for you – and the best thing is, you’ll be only 5 minutes and a blender away from a healthy, delicious smoothie of your choice.

1. Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothie

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Strawberries are an excellent source of healthy immune-boosting nutrients. Besides being low in calories and high in vitamin C and potassium, strawberries are high in fiber which makes them an excellent way to keep you full from breakfast until lunch.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup ripe (organic) strawberries
– ¼ cup plain yogurt
– ¼ cup fresh orange juice
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar

How to make it:

Hull all strawberries and add them to a food processor or a blender. Add the yogurt, orange juice, and sugar. Process on the highest speed until a well-blended puree forms (usually takes around 15 seconds). Delicious!

2. “Powerhouse” Mango Smoothie

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This delicious healthy smoothie includes avocado, which provides you with healthy fats and a handful of nutrients that help keep your hair strong, lower cancer risk, and keep blood sugar steady.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup chopped ripe mango
– ¼ Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
– ½ cup mango sorbet
– ¼ cup skim milk
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 2 teaspoons lime juice
– ¼ cup crushed ice

How to make it:

Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until you get a smooth mixture. Its taste will amaze you!

3. Tomato Smoothie

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The juicy tomatoes have been linked to preventing heart disease. The jellylike substance surrounding tomato seeds is high in salicylates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

Ingredients:

– 110g low-fat plain yogurt
– 1 large ripe plum or round tomato, peeled and chopped
– ½ teaspoon dried basil
– Salt (to taste)

How to make it:

Whiz yogurt, tomatoes, basil and salt in a blender until you get a fine mixture (around 2 minutes).

4. Raspberry-Beet Smoothie

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Beets in this delicious healthy smoothie produce nitric acid, which helps to increase blood flow throughout your body – including your brain. MRIs done on older adults showed that after eating a high-nitrate diet (including beet juice), these adults had more blood flow to the white matter of their frontal lobes. The vibrant color and luxurious texture of this vitamin C-packed smoothie has appeal for both the eye and the taste buds.

Ingredients:

– 40g cooked beetroots, coarsely chopped
– 20g fresh or frozen raspberries
– 70ml cranberry juice, chilled
– 50g low-fat plain yogurt

How to make it:

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until you get a puree mixture. Pour puree through a strainer into a large jug and whisk in most of the yogurt.

5. Orange & Banana Breakfast Smoothie

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Studies have shown that potassium in bananas helps to keep your blood pressure levels down, while its vitamin B6 content helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Ingredients:

– ¾ cup (185ml) orange juice
– ½ cup sliced banana
– 2 teaspoons brown sugar
– 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
– 2 ice cubes
– Mint sprig

How to make it:

In a blender, combine orange juice, banana, sugar and almond extract. Add ice cubes and blend until you get a thick and smooth mixture. Garnish with mint sprig.

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Healthy, convenient and portable, smoothies are ideal fuel-on-the-go for breakfast, an afternoon snack or dessert. If you are one of those who have busy mornings, these smoothie recipes are the perfect solution for you – and the best thing is, you’ll be only 5 minutes and a blender away...