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Spring Zing Smoothies

Posted Apr 09 2013 11:40am

Whether you’re looking for pre or post-workout fuel or simply a change in your morning routine, smoothies can be quick, easy and delicious.  We’re all big smoothie fans here at Zing… so why not combine our two favorite things? Each of these recipes uses a Zing Bar as a source of protein, healthy fats, fiber and slow-release carbohydrates, providing energy for hours.  Fruity, chocolatey, nutty, or zesty, we know you’ll find a smoothie here to answer your craving.

Favorite Blueberry Banana

Serves 2

This simple staple of a smoothie is even better with an Almond Blueberry Zing Bar . Whether you need a quick substantial breakfast or need a satisfying snack, the Berry Banana Smoothie will keep you powered through to your next meal with fiber-rich berries and protein-rich dairy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Almond Blueberry Zing Bar
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Handful ice

Directions:

  1. Cut Zing bar into small pieces. The smaller the better.
  2. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Share or store other half for later.

Nutrition Information (Per serving): Total Calories: 266, Total Fat: 9g, Carbohydrates: 39g, Dietary Fiber: 6.7g, Protein: 11g

Zesty Raspberry Orange

Serves 2

Raspberry red and zesty with orange this vegan smoothie is packed full of fiber and vitamin C. Light yet filling, this smoothie is a great addition to a lunch salad or post-workout snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cashew Cranberry Orange Zing Bar
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 handfuls oats
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Handful ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Allow chia seeds to soak in the 1 cup of almond milk for about 10 minutes.
  2. Cut Zing bar into small pieces. The smaller the better.
  3. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information (Per Serving): Total Calories: 249 calories, Total Fat: 7.7g, Carbohydrates: 40.6g, Dietary Fiber: 11.0g, Protein: 9.2g

PB and Banana Bliss

Serves 2

Can you ever go wrong with peanut butter and bananas? Next time you want something to power you through a long mountain bike ride or a day hike up the mountains, try this delicious protein and potassium-rich smoothie to help build and repair your hard working muscles.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut Zing Bar into small pieces, the smaller the better.
  2. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information (Per Serving): Total Cal: 399 cal, Total Fat: 16.5g, Carbohydrate: 45.4g, Dietary Fiber 4.8g, Protein: 19.7g

Mango Triple Coconut

Serves 2

Craving a trip to the Bahamas? This zesty and tropical smoothie can bring the tropics to you with the nutrients you’ve been missing. Mangos are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A giving your body great antioxidant support, while coconuts are rich in lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride that has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Now just take a moment to enjoy these flavors outside in the spring sun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chocolate Coconut or Coconut Cashew Crisp Zing Bar
  • 2 handfuls unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk, such as So Delicious (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 banana
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Handful of ice cubes

Note: You can sub the coconut milk for 2 Tbsp of full fat organic coconut milk (canned) for an extra “coconutty” flavor. You will just have to increase the coconut water from ½ cup to 1 cup.

Directions:

  1. Cut Zing Bar into small pieces, the smaller the better
  2. Peel mango and cut along the pit to obtain as much mango meat as possible.
  3. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Share and enjoy.

Nutrition Information (Per Serving): Total Calories: 341 cal, Total fat: 15.3g, Carbohydrates: 49.5g, Dietary Fiber 7.7g, Protein: 7.3g

 

Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Serves 2

For those craving chocolate, here is the smoothie for you. High in protein, this smoothie can satisfy the sweet tooth and keep you full! The combination of whole grain oats and a Dark Chocolate Hazelnut or Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zing Bar  offers plenty of fiber to help maintain blood glucose levels yet still taste like a chocolate dessert.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut Zing Bar into small pieces, the smaller the better.
  2. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Share and enjoy.

Nutrition Information (Per Serving): Total Calories: 273 cal, Total Fat: 8.7g, Carbohydrates: 37.3g, Dietary Fiber: 4.9g, Protein: 13.7g

Selva Wohlgemuth is working on her Master’s degree in Nutrition at Bastyr University. She is an avid cook and blogger, and you can find out about her latest culinary adventures and see more of her food photography at  Poppies and Papayas .

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