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The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge's Favorite Smoothie Recipes

It’s March and in Vermont that means there’s still plenty of winter to go.  Wouldn’t it be great to get through the rest of the cold season without a cold? Everyday life can get in the way of a healthy diet no matter how hard we try to stay on track, sometimes even on a busy ski vacation. Daily smoothies are a great way to make sure we get all of the vitamins and nutrients needed to stay healthy and energized during the winter (and spring for that matter) months.  Danielle Kaufman from The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge provides three quick and easy recipes that pack a serious punch.

Green Smoothie
Drink this every morning to keep your body cleansed.  The fiber-rich greens keep you full so you can focus on your morning runs, work outs or meetings without hunger creeping up on you.  In a blender combine:

2 cups of cold, filtered water
3 heaping handfuls of baby spinach OR one head of Romaine lettuce
1 apple, cored and seeded
1 pear, cored and seeded
The juice of ½ lemon
2-3 stalks of celery
1 banana

Blend until smooth.  This drink is easiest to blend in steps.  If you find it’s coming out chunky, add more water as you go.  This makes about 3 servings that will stay fresh for 2 ½ days when kept covered in the refrigerator.

Detox Smoothie
This smoothie will help to detoxify, refresh and energize. Once a week, use this as a meal replacement for breakfast or drink it throughout the day. In a blender combine:

4 cups of cold, filtered water
The juice and pith of 1 lemon (only throw out the rind and seeds)
2 apples, cored and seeded
2 pears, cored and seeded
2 tablespoons of flax oil
½ tablespoon of turmeric
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
 
Antioxidant Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is great as a protein packed snack before or after a workout or a day on the slopes, but is delicious and filling enough to replace lunch or dessert.  Ingredients will keep you full and your skin glowing.  Combine the following:

½ frozen acai smoothie packet (Sambazon smoothie packets can be found in the frozen food section of most health food stores) OR 2 cups frozen blueberries
½ avocado
1 banana
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds (found in most health food stores)
2 table spoons of chia seeds (found in most health food stores)
 
I get all of my smoothie recipes and ideas from kimberlysnyder.net, a great resource of healthy, plant-based diets. Try incorporating one or all of these drinks into your weekly routine and you will quickly feel their amazing benefits, leaving you fully equipped to make the most of the fun-filled winter and spring months.

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