We all know we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, right? It can be especially challenging to get enough greens, such as kale and spinach.


One really easy and yummy way to get lots of that raw goodness into you is with smoothies.

All you need is a blender and some fruits and veggies. And if you want to get fancy, you can throw in other things like chia or other seeds, raw honey, spirulina, and so on. For added liquids, coconut water and almond milk are good choices.

You can even add Micronized Purple Rice to your smoothies, although it is generally better to eat your MPR on its own with 1 to 2 ounces of water on an empty stomach. It gets absorbed into our cells better that way, to light up our ATP.

I also recommend drinking a quart of pure water first thing in the morning, right after your MPR. It helps with hydration and gets your body off to a good start for the day.

My daughter Jenn and I recently did a raw food cleanse that involved a lot of smoothies, and we loved it!

5 Tasty Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Morning RightHere are five of our favorites. I’ve included two green smoothies and three fruitier ones, which are naturally sweeter.

Some of these contain frozen fruit, which gives a thick texture similar to ice cream. Be sure to peel before freezing, for those fruits that require it. And if you prefer a thinner texture, just don’t freeze the fruit first.

Also, these recipes are all vegan, but if you like you can add yogurt or milk.

Plus, there’s a bonus recipe at the end for chia seed pudding — for no other reason than the fact that it is simply delicious! 

Emerald Green Smoothie

1 banana
1 handful raw spinach or baby kale
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1/2 avocado
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. pistachios

Blend everything but the pistachios. Pour into a large chilled glass and sprinkle the pistachios on top.

Green and Orange Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 frozen orange, peeled and sectioned
1 handful of organic spinach
1 cup coconut water

Blend and enjoy in a tall, frosty glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Purple Passion Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
1 frozen mango
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup almond milk

Blend and enjoy in a frosty mug. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries on top and a sprig of mint.

Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen kiwi (peeled)
1/2 cup coconut water

Blend and enjoy; garnish with a whole, fresh strawberry.

Creamy Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup peeled, sliced cucumber
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon raw honey

Blend and enjoy; garnish with a chunk of fresh pineapple.

Wildly Delicious Chia Seed Pudding

2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. real maple syrup
Toasted coconut flakes (Dang brand is best)

Mix everything but the coconut flakes in a glass bowl and chill overnight in the refrigerator. The chia seeds will expand a lot and thicken the almond milk to a pudding-like consistency. Serve in a small bowl with the toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top at the last minute.

As always, I want to hear from you!

Which of these is your favorite?
Do you have some delicious smoothie recipes to share?

Share them with us in the comments below!