Crazy Healthy Smoothie

Are you ready to start every morning getting healthier while also sending your kids off to school having had a majorly nutritious breakfast? If you responded yes, you're in luck because this Crazy Healthy Smoothie is the answer.

About 6 months ago my husband was feeling out of shape and a bit lethargic in the mornings so he decided to start his days off with a super-charged breakfast to help him trim down, get healthy and have more energy. While he would previously have a delicious bowl of oatmeal or whole grain hot cereal for breakfast, he was finding that he wasn’t able to eat the amount of fruit, vegetables and other nutritious foods he wanted to during the day while he was at work.

By waking up daily to a glass full of the massively nutritious foods in this Crazy Healthy Smoothie, he walks out of the house every morning with a bang and says he feels amazing throughout the day. This recipe is his, and when I first saw him making it I thought he had went a bit overboard, as he packs a lot of food into one glass. He tosses a banana, a whole beet, a carrot, fresh and frozen berries (although any fresh or frozen fruit will do), persimmon, kale, bee pollen, walnuts, hemp hearts, almond milk, dates and flaxseeds into the Vitamix (essential for grinding everything up nice and smooth), and then divides it into glasses for our whole family to enjoy so we can all get a boost of yumminess alongside whatever I am making like Cottage Cheese Pancakes, parfaits or Happy Eggs (it’s all about balance after all!)

Whether you’re trying to make big changes and get in shape or just trying to get your family to eat more wholesome foods, this Crazy Healthy Smoothie is a crazy good winner.

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Crazy Healthy Smoothie (4 servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 peeled carrot
  • 1 small peeled beet
  • 1 big handful kale or spinach (about 1 loose cup)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (or any other nuts)
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup almond milk

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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43 comments

  • Diana A

    A \"bug\" handful

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  • Cheryl R

    Hmmm I think I will try this-- not sure on the beet though...

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  • Cait

    This looks great! Just noting that bee pollen is usually not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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  • Mary

    This looks perfect for our family morning needs! I'm allergic to banana, however (which is why we haven't done smoothies in the past- they all contain banana!) Any ideas on substitutions? More frozen fruit? Yogurt? Thank you!!

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    • Ashley

      Mary,

      I make a lot of smoothies without bananas. If you are including greens, just make sure to use berries instead of peaches, pineapple and citrus fruits. And because bananas add sweetness, if you are omitting, I would recommend using fresh-pressed unfiltered, unsweetened organic apple juice instead of milk.

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    • McCord

      The banana adds tons of sweetness which helps to cut the bitterness of the greens. So add something else like more frozen fruit to sweeten it, or honey!

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    • Michelle

      You can also substitute mangos for the bananas in your smoothie.

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    • Monique

      If you can't do the banana, some ripe avocado would help replace the creaminess. May need to add something else to help with the sweetening aspect.

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    • Mary

      Thank you everyone! I can't wait to try all of your suggestions. :)

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  • Katrina

    Bee pollen? Where would i look for that and in what form? Interesting. We may try this.....

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    • McCord

      I get it at the farmers market. You can also try any health food store!

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  • Dianna Cronin

    if you don't have a vitamix has anyone ever tried this with a high powered blender? I would omit nuts if necessary but I am more concerned about the beet, carrot and kale since they are all raw. just curious
    thanks

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  • Liz

    cooked beet or raw?

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    • McCord

      Raw!

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  • Cheryl Kramer

    What can I substitute for almond milk?

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    • McCord

      Any type of milk you prefer!

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  • TracyTC

    Does the beet stain your blender? I've been reluctant to play with beets in my new ninja.

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    • McCord

      It does not! Just make sure to wash out your blender right away!

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  • Amy Eaton

    The beet gives this great color, should it be cooked or raw? What are the benefits of bee pollen?

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    • McCord

      We add the beets raw! The bee pollen is super healthy. Here is an article: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen

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  • Tiffany

    Raw beets have never stained any of our blenders or our ninja! And beets add sweetness so don't be afraid to try them! Raw beets can turn \"everything else\" red though so don't be shocked!

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  • Emily Maron

    Dumb question, how do you peel the beet? Is it a raw beet? Thanks!

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    • McCord

      Yes, it is a raw beet! I peel it using a regular vegetable peeler.

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  • Leilei

    We have been adding soaked goji berries in our smoothies too. They add a delicious flavor and added nutrition.

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  • Gaby

    This is so pretty! There are so many healthy ingredients in this, crazy healthy is spot on!

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  • Anna

    Do you use raw kale? And where does one find hemp seeds? It's not easy to find kale here in s'pore.

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    • McCord

      Yes, raw kale! Check your nearest Whole Foods or health food store!

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  • Lori RecipeGirl

    This is right up my alley!

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  • Dljdmom

    Do you know if you can make these smoothies and night before and serve the next morning?

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    • McCord

      Yes you can! They may separate overnight, but just give them a little stir or shake and they'll be back to normal!

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  • Melinda Nguyen

    I cannot wait to try this!! I love beets!

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  • Kathy

    Allergic to nuts.. Will it taste good if I put pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! Any seeds you like!

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  • Kate

    Thank you, amazing recipe! I love healthy smoothies!

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  • Morning Sunshine! 20 Must-Try Smoothie Recipes Eluxe Magazine

    […] The name of this smoothie says it all. It’s packed full of all things good for you, every single sip of it will have you bursting with energy. Get the recipe here. […]

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  • Lora Marie

    Hi, weelicious,

    I'm Lora and I write for Eluxe magazine. It's a French/London based online magazine dedicated to promoting sustainable, eco friendly fashion, beauty and skincare.

    We just did an article on 20 must try smoothie recipes, and wanted to let you know that we featured your Crazy Healthy smoothie recipe. Great recipe! Please do check it out at

    http://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/morning-sunshine-20-must-try-smoothie-recipes

    Kind regards,
    Lora Marie

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  • Tanisha

    Hi Tanisha l like to now good soomth

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  • Sukriti

    Hello Catherine,

    That's a lovely recipe! I couldn't resist featuring it on my food-n-drink website Recipe Yard (I twisted the recipe a bit to make it easier for my readers. ;) )
    Check it out here:

    http://www.recipeyard.com/drinks/energy-blast-crazy-healthy-smoothie/

    Best Regards,
    Sukriti

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  • Katie

    Hello! Is it all right to use flax seed oil, instead of ground flax seeds? If so, what measurement do you recommend?

    Thanks!

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  • Jennifer

    I'm wondering if anyone has tried this out with a ninja? I don't have a vitamix and am wondering how the raw foods would do in a ninja- thoughts?

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  • Grace Gilroy

    Sounds delicious! I wonder how much sugar are in it from the carrots, beets and banana.

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