Mono-Colored Smoothies

Right after I wake up in the morning I always try to guzzle down a tall glass of lukewarm lemon water (8 oz. with the juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon). Lemons are high in B vitamins as well as vitamin C. They also contain minerals like potassium, copper and magnesium, which all contribute to building strong bones and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. The benefits of drinking lemon water go on and on– It can help boost your immune system, balance you body’s pH levels, aid in digestion, clear your skin, flush out toxins from the body, hydrate the lymph system, and even freshen your morning breath.

But the point of this post wasn’t meant to be so much about lemon water, but rather to share what I’v been loving after my lemon water. Usually I’ll make a giant green or fruit juice in the morning for breakfast, but lately I’v been really into blending up some mono-colored smoothies. Basically I’ll just look for some like-colored fruits and/or veggies and blend those that I think would get along. Here are two combos from this week that I’v absolutely been LOVING:

TROPICAL YELLOW:

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Servings: One smoothie (About 2 cups)

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 peeled bananas
  • 1 cut and peeled mango
  • 1 small papaya (should be just slightly bigger than the mango)
  • 3/4 cup ice

Directions:

1. After prepping the fruit, place in a blender and blend while gradually adding in the ice. Continue to add more ice if you prefer a colder or slushier smoothie.

2. Garnish with some diced banana, a slice of pineapple, or a piece of star fruit!

RUBY RED:

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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Servings: One smoothie (About 2 cups)

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh pitted cherries (use frozen if you’re in the off season and cannot find fresh)
  • 2 cup whole strawberries (even the leaves and stems!)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup ice

Directions:

1. After prepping the fruit, place in a blender and blend while gradually adding in the ice. Continue to add more ice if you prefer a colder or slushier smoothie.

2. Garnish with some extra cherries, a sliced strawberry, raw shredded coconut, a few goji berries, or a piece of star fruit!

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