January 09, 2017

Clean Eating...what does it really mean? I recently led a 14-day Clean-Eating Challenge at the yoga studio where I teach Vinyasa-style yoga, including 7 days of smoothies.

What Is Clean Eating?

  • Using fresh ingredients in their own element (unprocessed), like bananas, fresh kale, avocado, frozen mango chunks, fresh cucumber.
  • When using products, using ones that are only 1 ingredient: shredded unsweetened coconut, hemp seeds, flax meal.
  • Making your own version of food or drinks that normally have a list of ingredients, such as homemade almond milk.

Smoothies are a quick and easy way to eat a clean meal. To make homemade smoothies, I use this simple formula:

1 frozen fruit + 1 fresh fruit and/or vegetable + a protein (nut butter or beans) + a superfood (hemp seeds, flax meal, chia seeds) + a liquid (water, almond milk, orange juice) = a healthy and delicious clean-eating smoothie!

Here are 7 smoothie recipes to kick off your day with a clean meal:

This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and fiber. The richness of the purple lets you know it is nutritious!

Almond Berry Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

A refreshing smoothie with a spicy kick from ginger is an energizing way to start the day.

Chia Ginger Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

A creamy orange-based smoothie with coconut and flax will bring a little tropical flair to your post-workout regime.

Orange Chia Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

Kale..check. Avocado...check. Perfectly green smoothie...check!

Kale Avocado Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

All the key flavors of apple pie come together is this hearty apple pie smoothie with a hint of coconut.

Paleo Apple Pie Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

Matcha, powdered green tea, not only adds a beautiful green color to smoothies has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Matcha Coconut Smoothie
Photo by Alli Shircliff

Cucumbers can help hydrate you before a morning run or alongside a cup of coffee!

Cucumber Pear Smoothie 
Photo by Alli Shircliff

You can see the full recipes plus a few more smoothies in the Clean-Eating Challenge smoothie collection.

Still hungry for more articles about smoothies? Read this article about smoothie combinations or see hundreds of smoothie recipes in our smoothie collection page.