Strawberry Kale Lemonade

adapted from MantraW

1 frozen banana (optional)
2 cups kale (or any greens of choice)
8 fresh or frozen strawberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon, peeled
1/2 cup water
5 ice cubes
Sweetener to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients except sweetener and blend until smooth.
  2. Sweeten to taste.
  • I prefer honey or sugar to sweeten, but you can use any sweetener.

Chocolate Banana Milk Shake

My Dad introduced these to me years ago (we won’t say how long ago), but now scientists says they are good for you, too! Yeah!!!

Bananas may not be a major brain food, but they offer significant doses of vitamins B6 and C — both of which may promote brain health. Plus, dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce your risk of stroke.

This is a lower fat version, using frozen bananas instead of ice cream.

1 frozen banana
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
honey to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth.
  • You can add one or more of the following:
    • 2 Tbsp malted milk powder
    • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • dash cayenne pepper
    • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • Substitute soy or almond milk.
  • Substitute agave nectar or maple syrup for the honey.

Mango Peach Lassi

adapted from Spice Goddess – Bal Arneson

1 cup low-fat yogurt
1 cup mango, chopped
1 cup frozen peaches, chopped
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
water as needed for desired thickness

Directions

  1. Combine & blend until smooth. Add water if needed. Transfer to glasses and serve right away.
I did not have enough mango, so I added peaches to the recipe. You can use both or just one fruit.