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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

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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

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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

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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

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This strawberry cucumber smoothie was made from leftover fruit I had in a fruit-infused water pitcher. Have you tried that before? Adding fresh fruit to a pitcher of water and letting it infuse for 4 hours really does make the water taste delicious! It will last a few days, but then you will need to remove the fruit and it is usually soggy; it’s perfectly good to eat, but not the most appetizing. I don’t like to waste food, so I always use the leftover strawberries and cucumbers from my water for this healthy strawberry cucumber smoothie. If you prefer your smoothies nice and chilled, you can mix in some frozen strawberries, too.

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Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup yogurt

Directions

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

Makes 1 16oz smoothie

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With holidays around every corner, it’s always a great time to capitalize on champagne-themed or flavored dishes. And considering 95 percent of us have made resolutions to be healthier, why not try this champagne vinaigrette dressing on a healthy salad? While we’re still eating them, of course.

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Champagne Vinaigrette 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 shallot
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pepper

Directions

  1. Combine champagne vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Slightly chop shallot.
  3. Add vinegar, oil, shallot, mustard, salt, and a pinch of pepper to Magic Bullet and blend.

It’s easy to stay healthy all year long with tricks like this!