Kristin Kveno

We’re in the thick of winter, and for some of us, we’re looking a little thicker too. Too many holiday cookies and bars, not enough fresh fruits and veggies. Smoothies are the perfect way to enjoy fruits and veggies on the go, while not feeling deprived of a sweet treat as well. If you’re feeling a little fluffy or simply want to give your body the good ingredients it craves, then give these smoothies a try.

There’s a smoothie shop in Santa Barbara, Calif. that makes a peanut butter banana smoothie that’s worth driving across the country to get. OK, I’m being dramatic, but it’s really that good. I found this recipe which is a close second. It’s healthy, filling and tastes great. If you can’t head to Santa Barbara, but you still want a delicious peanut butter banana smoothie, then give this a try.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

https://fitfoodiefinds.com/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/

2 cups sliced frozen bananas

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon ground flax

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

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Need to add some greens into your life? Spinach in a smoothie is a great way to add those vital nutrients. Throw in an apple and pear plus a dash of cinnamon to make it tasty.

Cinnamon Apple Healthy Smoothie

www.allrecipes.com/recipe/231249/cinnamon-apple-healthy smoothie/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringId=17578&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub

1 cup apple juice

1 pear cored and sliced

1 apple cored and sliced

1 cup fresh spinach

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup ice

Pour apple juice into blender; top with pear, apple, spinach, cinnamon and ice in that order. Cover and blend.

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Now that you’ve had your greens, it’s time to reward yourself for that effort with a Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie. Psst, this smoothie is actually healthy and still tastes delicious!

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

https://thesuburbansoapbox.com/strawberry-cheesecake-smoothie/

I tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup frozen strawberries

3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

1/2 cup low-fat milk

2 ounces low-fat cream cheese

1-1/2 teaspoons agave nectar

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this smoothie is a sight to behold. The layers of the smoothie create an exquisite drink that is definitely worth the effort.

Rainbow Smoothie

www.sweetandsavorybyshinee.com/rainbow-smoothie/

purple layer:

1/2 cup blueberries

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

green layer:

2 kiwi

a small handful of spinach

yellow layer:

2 rounds of pineapple

2 tablespoons of coconut milk

orange layer:

1 orange

1/2 of a banana

1 raspberry

red layer:

1/2 cup raspberries

2 tablespoons pomegranate juice

2-3 strawberries

Blend the ingredients for each layer separately in a blender, rinsing the blender between each layer. To beautifully layer the smoothie, carefully spoon the mixture into a glass starting from the edges. You want small spoonfuls dropped gently in a circle.

We’re all ready for some pep in our step during these winter months. Move over cookies and bars! These delicious smoothies will help get you out the winter funk and bring a little fruit and veggie joy to your tummy.

Kristin Kveno scours the internet, pours over old family recipes and searches everywhere in between to find interesting food ideas for feeding your crew. Do you have a recipe you want to share? You can reach Kristin at

kkveno@thelandonline.com.