Jan
19
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Papaya Banana Smoothie

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Whenever I make this papaya banana smoothie, I feel like I’m somewhere tropical. Papayas are grown in South America and Hawaii, where it’s warmer and shipped all over the world. The first time I bought a papaya, I didn’t know what to do with it. Once I got home from the grocery store, I sliced it open and thought it tasted terrible. Of course, that was only because I didn’t know it had to ripen first! Papayas are like avocados in that they get soft when ripe. Before blending the meat of a papaya up into a delicious smoothie, give it a gentle squeeze and make sure it’s good to go.

Here is a tip for making this smoothie: Scoop out the meat of the papaya into a ziplock bag and freeze an hour before you make your smoothie. Using frozen fruit will give your smoothie a nice slushy texture!

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Papaya Banana Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
Directions
  1. Slice the papaya in half and remove the seeds and pulp. Scoop out the meat into a Magic Bullet cup.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well.

Makes 1 smoothie

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Dec
25
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Gingerbread Smoothie

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Even though you can enjoy gingerbread any time of the year, I always seem to eat the most of it around the holidays and forget about it the rest of the year. This gingerbread smoothie can be enjoyed all year long, but is especially fun and festive around to make around the holiday season. You can make the healthy version by omitting the crushed gingerbread cookies and simply enjoy the gingerbread flavor from the molasses, ginger and spices blended with bananas and almond milk. As for me, I like to drop a gingerbread cookie in my blender and blend it into the smoothie for extra goodness.

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Gingerbread Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 chopped frozen bananas
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • Optional: 1/4 cup crushed gingerbread cookies
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet blender and blend until smooth.

Makes 2 smoothies

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During the colder months, it’s nearly impossible to drop into a coffee shop and not notice a massive advertisement for some sort of pumpkin drink. And while the pumpkin deserves to have its moment, the Magic Bullet helps us realize that you can get just as much flavor and seasonal delight out of other winter squash relatives. Blending them in the Magic Bullet gives us a similarly deep and sweet flavor that’s familiar but refreshing.

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Winter Squash Spice Latte
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup winter squash
  • 1/2 to 1 cup coffee
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • Sugar or maple syrup to taste
Directions
  1. Roast cubed squash in oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until soft. (Note that more squash is pictured. I made a side of squash for myself!)
  2. Add squash to Magic Bullet and blend.
  3. Combine all ingredients other than sweetener in pot and bring to simmer.
  4. For an extra frothy drink, wait until the drink comes down to room temperature and blend again in the Magic Bullet for just a few seconds.

The drink is perfect as is, but you can always add sweetener to taste. This is absolutely the perfect way to cozy up on a chilly day!

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I have recently been seeing these layered smoothies pop up all over Pinterest lately, and I’m now obsessed! What a brilliant idea! Not only are they appealing to the eye, they are quite the treat for your taste buds as you sip through each layer.

For my first one, I though strawberry kiwi would be the perfect flavor combination. Make sure your kiwis are ripe, otherwise it will taste bitter and you will need to add some kind of sweetener to the kiwi part (I learned that the hard way on my first try). I also learned that you can’t just “pour in” the layers over each other, unless the smoothies are really thick. The layering works best if you use a spoon and do it gently, little by little.

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Strawberry-Kiwi Layered Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 ripe kiwis
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
Directions
  1. Add 1/2 cup of almond milk and the kiwis to a Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  2. Add 1/2 cup almond milk, strawberries, banana and yogurt to a separate Magic Bullet cup and blend.
  3. Gently layer the two different smoothies over each other by using a spoon until you have used up both flavors.

Makes 2 smoothies

Oct
20
1

Green Power Shooters

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Maybe it’s because of my sweet tooth that I’ve never been a huge fan of green drinks. I never could find a way to make them taste good enough for me to enjoy. The bitter raw kale and spinach taste is usually too hard to mask!

If you’re like me and have a hard time downing a big green smoothie, but know it’s really good for you, then this recipe is for you. These green power shooters are made of healthy ingredients, like kale and flax seeds, but sweetened with a little pineapple. Even though they don’t taste bad, I still like to get my green drinks over with in a hurry, which is why I turned these into shooters.

Bottoms-up!

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Green Power Shooters
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded kale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 Tbsp protein powder
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
Directions
  1.  Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

Makes 8 shooters

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Big, juicy nectarines are one of my favorite things about summer. I love them so much that I usually buy so many and I never can eat them all before they go bad. They ripen very quickly! The perfect solution to this problem is this nectarine oatmeal smoothie. Once nectarines start to get a little mushy, I slice them up and toss them in this delicious blend. I love adding some oats to it to make it a filling breakfast drink.

This recipe only makes enough for one smoothie, but you can double or triple it to make enough for a treat for the entire family. They will love you for it! You can add ice cubes to make it more slushy and cold, which is really nice and refreshing.

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Nectarine Oatmeal Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats (plus more for topping)
  • Ice cubes (optional)
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.
  2. Sprinkle rolled oats on top before serving.

Makes 1 smoothie

Jul
22
0

Raspberry Nut Smoothie

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Have you ever thought about adding nuts to your smoothies? I tried it for the first time in this raspberry nut smoothie recipe and loved it. Nuts are a healthy source of protein and fats, and give you a nice energy boost from the extra calories. Before adding them, I was worried how they would affect the texture of the smoothie, but they blended in so smoothly that I didn’t even notice a difference!

In this recipe, I use almonds and walnuts, but you can experiment with other types of nuts. If you don’t have coconut water, plain water also works just fine.

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Raspberry Nut Smoothie
Ingredients
  • ½ cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup coconut water
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

Makes 1 smoothie

Jun
15
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Piña Colada Smoothie

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Whenever I make this smoothie, I always get that piña colada song stuck in my head: if you like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain… It gives me that tropical, vacation-y feeling. All you need to make it is pineapple juice, coconut milk, and frozen pineapple chunks.

Don’t you think coconut and pineapple go so well together? I like to make fresh squeezed pineapple juice (piña colada means “strained pineapple,” after all), but I won’t tell if you use juice from a can or store-bought. Both ways work great! You can freeze your own pineapple chunks ahead of time, or use store-bought frozen pineapples in the freezer section.

Ahhh, now I just need some more vacation time and plane tickets to a warm beach somewhere!

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Piña Colada Smoothie 

Ingredients

  •  1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • Whipped cream for topping

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

Makes 2 smoothies

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Fresh watermelon juice is simple, refreshing and delicious. It’s perfect in almost any circumstance: at a party, relaxing by yourself, accompanying a barbeque… the pairings are endless! I’ve added mint to this recipe because, well, why not!

This is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for when you hesitate while considering an entire watermelon in the store and think, “There’s no way I’m going to eat this whole thing.” Now you don’t have to!

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Mint Watermelon Juice
Ingredients
  • 1/2 watermelon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Water and ice
Directions
  1. Cube watermelon.
  2. Fill Magic Bullet cup with watermelon cubes and mint leaves. Add a few ice cubes, along with a bit of water, depending on how thick you prefer your juice.
  3. Blend until everything is liquid.

The watermelon alone is sweet enough for my taste, but feel free to add a bit of sugar if you have a sweet tooth.

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This Peaches ‘n Oats Smoothie is one of my favorite breakfast smoothies! It must be the oats; I love eating them in the morning for breakfast because they’re so filling and keep the hunger away for hours. I like to sprinkle some oats on top when it’s all done.

If you like your smoothies to have more of a chilled, slushy texture, freeze the fresh peaches for at least 45 minutes (or overnight) before adding them to the Magic Bullet cup. With a breakfast smoothie recipe this quick and easy, there is no excuse not to start the day off right!

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Peaches ‘n Oats Smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 peach, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Directions
  1. Freeze the peach slices for at least 45 minutes (optional).
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of oats on the top.

Makes 2 smoothies