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Four Smoothie Ideas to Kick Off the New Year

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By: Andrea Lynn
Four Smoothie Ideas to Kick Off the New Year

With the New Year comes a flurry of vows and measures to eat well. Conquer breakfast with this selection of easy smoothies for the ideal portable and nutritious meal, and start your day off right.

Mango-Chile Smoothie

There's nothing like a pop of spice in the morning to wake you up. Peel and chop 1 ripe mango (or use 1 cup frozen mango), throwing the fruit into a blender. Add 1⁄2 cup coconut milk or regular milk, along with 1⁄2 banana, 1 cup of ice cubes, and 1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Crushed Red Pepper. Puree until blended, pour into a glass, and top with shredded unsweetened coconut, if desired.

Raspberry-Orange Smoothie

Into a blender, add 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries. Add 1⁄2 cup orange juice, 1⁄2 cup ice cubes, 1/2 banana and 1⁄2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Orange Peel. Puree until blended, pour into a glass and drink up. Between the orange juice and the dried orange peel, there's plenty of citrus goodness to revive you on even the sleepiest of winter mornings.

Strawberry-Ginger Smoothie

Ginger is not only a tasty addition to any recipe, but it also works as a digestive powerhouse for conquering stomach troubles. For this smoothie, add 1 1⁄2 cups frozen strawberries into a blender with 1⁄2 cup pomegranate juice, 1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Ground Ginger, 1⁄2 tablespoon honey, along with a few ice cubes. Puree until blended.

Cucumber-Mint Smoothie

For this refreshing smoothie, add 2 cups chopped cucumbers into a blender, along with the protein power of 1⁄2 cup Greek yogurt and a handful or 2 of greens, like spinach or kale leaves. Finish off with 1⁄2 cup ice cubes, 1⁄2 tablespoon honey, and 1⁄4 teaspoon Spice Islands® Mint Leaves. Pulse until blended and pour into a glass.

Look, Ma! No Recipe: A Blueprint for Smoothie Success

As a general rule, for 1 smoothie serving, add 1 to 1 1⁄2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit into a blender, along with 1⁄2 cup liquid. That might be orange juice, grapefruit juice, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or cow's milk. Top it off with 1/8 teaspoon of a spice of your choosing (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and the like), a drizzle of honey if the fruit isn't very sweet, and up to 1⁄2 cup ice cubes. Use more ice cubes if the fruit is fresh, fewer ice cubes for frozen fruit. Puree in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute, and pour into a glass for a quick and nourishing breakfast.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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