Kitchen Confidential with Team BELLA

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Secret Smoothie Recipes From The Bella Team

Here at BELLA, we take health and looking good very seriously. To meet both goals, smoothies are the answer – they help avoid carb cravings, deliver a quick burst of energy, provide a serious timesaver in the morning, and are an effortless way to get in a daily dose of nutritious fresh fruits and/or vegetables. We gathered up some easy-to-make smoothie recipes that are favorites from our team, so get out that blender and blend!

Smoothie Tips:

Use frozen fruit; make it yourself by chopping up fresh fruit and freezing it on a tray for an hour, then transfer to a zip lock bag. New non-dairy milks abound in the dairy case; try oat, walnut, almond, hemp, macadamia, coconut, soy, rice or hazelnut. Don’t forget to throw in some healthy fats like avocado, seeds and nut butters and remember not to use too much liquid – smoothies should be thick and creamy.

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Mindy & Paula, The Style Duo, Fashion Stylists

Smoothie In A Bowl 

This is so delicious and couldn’t be easier to do.

  • 1 frozen small banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Peanut butter (optional)

Put frozen strawberries and frozen bananas in a blender with very little milk and a few ice cubes. Blend well.  Put in a bowl and freeze. Take out and serve with peanut butter or any topping of your choice.

Janene Mascarella, Beauty Director

Easy As Apple Pie Smoothie

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but there’s something so comforting about this apple pie smoothie.

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large apple peeled and diced
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • Single serve container of Greek style vanilla yogurt or 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Manuka honey
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Blend it all together, pour into a tall glass, and sip your way to serenity.

Ilsy Hoo, Love Files Contributor

Chocolate Sea Salt Delight 

Who doesn’t love chocolate and this one is great for vegans.

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla unsweetened oat milk
  • 2 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pink sea salt

Blend well, and enjoy this protein packed shake anytime you need a pick-me-up.

Jonathan Calixto, Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

Spinach & Banana Smoothie

Sharing my favorite, a spinach and banana smoothie. While anything green can be intimidating, this smoothie is so easy to make and a super energy booster in the mornings.

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 handful of spinach (or 3/4 cup)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Water (a little less than 1/2 cup)

Blend the banana, spinach, and ice cubes first for about 1-2 minutes, and check if it’s too thick. If so then add the water. Some great substitutions to replace the water are plain soymilk or vanilla yogurt.

Amanda Mactas, Food, Travel & Accessories Editor

Tropical Protein Smoothie

You’ll think you’re on a beach somewhere with this smoothie that features mango.

  • 1 scoop OWYN strawberry banana vegan protein powder
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder
  • 1 container Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup spinach
  • 1 travel packet (or 5g) Wedderspoon Manuka honey
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 3/4 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup water or juice

Blend and enjoy.

Lauren Vena, Cover & Feature Makeup Artist

Very Kid Friendly Smoothie

This chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie has three of my favorite things in one smooth, creamy drink…but my kids also love this one.

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Chocolate chips, for serving (optional)

Blend and serve. Garnish with chocolate chips if desired.

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