A Whole Year of Smoothies
Now that you've knocked back your last glass of celebratory champagne, it's time to put all that talk of a happy, healthy new year into practice. This year, take advantage of A Year of Smoothies, ready to take you from January back to December. Dynamic, satisfying and healthy, each of these 12 blended beauties gives you every reason to make your blender an always-on-the-counter staple in your kitchen. Plus, if you happen to crave August's smoothie in February, the frozen aisle at your supermarket makes it easy to blend fruits that aren't yet in season.
Break in the year with an emerald smoothie loaded with fiber, vitamin C and lutein (which may be good for your eyesight). The key to whipping up this smoothie in no time is keeping frozen grapes in the freezer so they're ready to add icy invigoration at any time. A sprinkling of ground flax and a whole cup of good-for-you kale blend together for a punch of fiber and a color that goes very well with yoga pants.
Roll into month two with a ruby-red, high-fiber blend that's amped up with berries and beets. Go for frozen berries when fresh ones aren't in season, and incorporate beets for a delicious earthiness that cuts the sweetness just right.
Carrots aren't just for snacking. Freeze carrot juice for an at-the-ready element that cuts out the need for ice cubes, and go for tangy pineapple to give it a vitamin-packed, refreshing punch. Make this slurp even better by using dried dates as a natural sweetener.