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Healthy Pasta Salad – Easy Lunch Recipe to Enjoy All Year Round

healthy pasta salad

I have a hard time eating leftovers for lunch every day. Instead, I’m always on the hunt for easy yet tasty lunches that don’t take much prep work. I know that sounds like a unicorn, but it’s not! My healthy pasta salad checks all the boxes (and has a good amount of protein as well). Feel free to keep it a vegan pasta salad with the vegan feta or toss in your favorite cheese if you can tolerate it.

I set out to create this healthy pasta salad after Rawkstar Jennifer told me she was looking for quick and healthy recipes that her high schooler could take to school. I love how the different flavors mix in this recipe without meat or dairy.

Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe

vegan pasta salad

Follow cooking directions on pasta package, allowing pasta to remain slightly undercooked. This will help keep the pasta from falling apart in the salad. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is completely cool, then drain well again.

mixing ingredients for delicious meal

While the pasta is cooling, mix all the Basic Vinaigrette ingredients together in a bowl until combined.

plant based pasta salad

Place cooled pasta into a large bowl and add the vegetables and herbs. Gentle toss. Drizzle Basic Vinaigrette over the pasta salad and gently toss again. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

If meal prepping, transfer the salad to airtight containers and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

meal prep salad recipe

While I created this healthy pasta salad with lunch in mind, it works great as a shareable side at a potluck or family meal as well.

Tips and Tricks to the Best Pasta Salad

Toss the salad well in the dressing as this helps it keep well in the fridge. Store in individual serving airtight containers to grab when you need to quickly. If you like your greens extra fresh, then wait to add those until you’re ready to eat, so they don’t wilt.

ingredients for healthy lunch

Ingredient Swaps

Probably my favorite part about this healthy pasta salad lunch is how much you can customize it to your taste preferences! Here are a few swaps I suggest if you want to try them:

Swap olive oil with avocado oil.

Swap red wine vinegar with the vinegar of your choice.

Use your preferred pasta type, or use gluten-free.

Cannellini beans can be swapped with another kind of legume (black beans, kidney beans or chickpeas are great swaps).

Add the veggies of your choice! Radisses or cucumbers are great additions.

Feel free to add nuts or seeds for an extra crunch.

I have a hard time eating the same thing over again, even when it’s as delicious as this vegan pasta salad. So you’ll find mine with a slight variation every time I make it, and that’s totally fine.

Commonly Asked Pasta Salad Questions

Is pasta salad bad for you?

It doesn’t have to be! Ditch the store-made pasta salads made with additives and processed ingredients. Home make one instead with loads of fresh greens and a light, oil-based dressing.

How long does pasta salad stay fresh?

My salad should stay fresh in the fridge up to 5 days since it is oil-based. Dairy or mayo-based salads will keep fewer days.

What is the best healthy pasta salad?

Choose a pasta salad that is oil-based instead of dairy or mayonnaise-based, has plenty of fresh veggies and leafy greens and a good protein source like beans or tofu. This recipe’s got it all!

meal prep salad

Easy Vegan Lunches

If you don’t use leftovers to fuel your lunch, you need to make or buy them every day. I love batching easy recipes for lunch that we can grab throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites, along with the healthy pasta salad below:

  • Thai Lettuce Wraps- make the filling and cut the veggies ahead of time, then portion out into containers.
  • Tomato Soup- This recipe pairs so well with a variety of sandwiches or can be eaten on its own.

Take the guesswork out of lunch when you double or triple a recipe, then save it for the days ahead. The vegan pasta salad below is filling and doesn’t even need to be heated up to enjoy. Don’t forget to tell me how you like it!

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Healthy Pasta Salad

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Whether you’re in need of an easy week of lunches or a delicious potluck recipe to share, this vegan pasta salad is for you!

Total Time25 minutes

Servings8

Ingredients

Basic Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar (or vinegar of choice)
  • 1 . maple syrup
  • 2 test Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • test sea ​​salt (to taste)
  • test freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Pasta Salad

  • 16 ounces dry pasta
  • 3 cups arugula (pre-washed)
  • 15th ounces canned cannelini beans (drained and well rinsed)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 3 green onions (diced)
  • 1 can sliced ​​black olives
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained well if packed in oil) (julienned)
  • ¼ cup fresh herbs (finely minced (basil, mint, parsley, etc))
  • ¾ cup Basic Vinaigrette
  • vegan feta (optional)

Instructions

  • Follow cooking directions on pasta package, allowing pasta to remain slightly undercooked. This will help keep the pasta from falling apart in the salad. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is completely cool, drain well again.

  • While the pasta is cooling, mix all the Basic Vinaigrette ingredients together in a bowl until combined.

  • Place cooled pasta into a large bowl and add the vegetables and herbs. Gentle toss. Drizzle Basic Vinaigrette over the pasta salad and gently toss again. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • If meal prepping, transfer the salad to airtight containers and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

  • Use the pasta of your choice: bowtie, fusilli, shells, etc.
  • Arugula has a strong, peppery flavor. You can swap with kale or spinach.
  • Cannellini beans can be swapped with the legume of your choice.
  • I love using basil, oregano and chives yet you can any fresh herbs.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 483kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 42g (14%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monnounsaturated Fat: 15thg Sodium: 1652mg (72%) Potassium: 733mg (21%) Fiber: 8g (33%) Sugar: 9g (10%) Vitamin A: 1535IU (31%) Vitamin C: 28mg (34%) Calcium: 117mg (12%) Iron: 5mg (28%)

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Mocktail

Easy Strawberry Mojito Mocktail – The Mindful Mocktail

THIS STRAWBERRY MOJITO MOCKTAIL IS A FUN TWIST ON THE ORIGINAL. SERVED OVER ICE, IT’S A SWEET, REFRESHING DRINK THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY.

If you’re looking for a sweet and fruity mojito recipe, then my strawberry mojito mocktail is for you. Unlike its tangy cousin, this mojito recipe makes the most of juicy fresh strawberries. Sweet and summery, this delicious mocktail is the perfect choice for a warm day.

This mojito mocktail recipe is sweet and refreshing, making it an excellent choice for spring or summer.This virgin strawberry mojito is just as fun to make as it is to drink. Its:

  • Easy: With easy to find ingredients and a few simple tools, you’ll have your mojito mocktail in hand in no time!
  • healthy: fibre packed strawberries and vitamin C packed limes, this delicious drink s not just refreshing but good for you too!
  • Low in sugar: strawberries are the primary source of the sweetness of this mocktail. Use an all-natural, zero-carb sweetener such as monk fruit sweetener for a lower sugar and carb option. Note: you can use regular sugar or another sweetener if you prefer; just be mindful of the sugar content.
  • Easily adapted: my virgin strawberry mojito mocktail is easily adapted. Replace the plain soda with a lime or add your own twist with kombucha. This recipe also works well when batch made and served in a pitcher.

WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL MOJITO COCKTAIL, AND HOW IS A MOJITO MOCKTAIL DIFFERENT?

Traditionally, a mojito cocktail is made of white rum, lime juice, mint and sugar. The mint and lime are muddled with sugar to release the juice and flavours. Then, ice is added with rum and soda water.

This virgin strawberry mojito mocktail recipe is inspired by the original but omits the rum and uses healthier sugar alternatives. Strawberries, fresh mint, and lime juice are muddled together for a vibrant variation.

red strawberry mojito mocktail in a tall glass garnished with fresh strawberries, mint and lime rounds.

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED

  • Glasses: Mojitos are traditionally served in a highball glass. If you don’t have them, don’t stress. The vibrant combination of strawberry, mint and lime mean your virgin strawberry mojito will look beautiful in any type of glass.
  • A muddler: that’s perfect if you have a normal muddler! If not, the back of a wooden spoon works too.
  • Pitcher or jug: just increase the quantities and muddle inside a jug if you want to make this for a crowd. To save time, pre-muddle the ingredients in the jug and simply add the soda water and ice when you’re ready to serve.
labelled ingredients list for virgin strawberry mojitos including strawberries, mint, soda, lime and sugar

INGREDIENTS

Strawberries: Fresh, in-season strawberries are my pick for this recipe. If they’re unavailable, frozen strawberries work just as well. Make sure to taw them before adding.

When you muddle the strawberries, try and get the strawberry pieces small enough to fit through a straw. You can use a blender if preferred.

Fresh mint: the menthol aromatics of fresh mint make this recipe pop. Don’t shred or chop it. Clapping it together in your hands and then gently muddling it is the secret to making the most of its flavour.

Lime juice: fresh lime juice is essential for this recipe. Avoid bottled if you can, it doesn’t deliver quite the same flavour.

Hint: Freeze fresh lime juice in ice cube trays to make the most of your limes.

Sweetener of choice: Simple syrup is the traditional choice for mojitos. My easy version swaps the syrup out for sugar. For a low sugar option, replace the sugar with a sweetener of your choice.

Soda water: plain club soda creates a fresh fizz however you can use the sparkling water of your choice.

VARIATIONS

For a citrusy tang, replace the plain soda with lime flavored soda water. Opt for a low or no sugar version. Kombucha is a naturally sweet replacement for soda water. Experiment with plain or flavored varieties until you find the perfect combination.

For a low sugar option, simply swap the sugar out with monkfruit sweetener to enjoy a refined sugar-free strawberry mojito mocktail. You can also use another sweetener of your choice but be sure to read the packet for any conversions.

HOW TO MAKE A VIRGIN STRAWBERRY MOJITO

Muddle strawberries and sugar (or monkfruit sweetener) in a glass to release the juices. Try and get the strawberry pieces small enough that they will fit through a straw. Use a blender in this step if preferred.

Add the lime juice and stir to combine.

Clap the mint together in your hands. You’ll know it’s worked when your hands smell minty! Then, add to the glass and muddle very gently a couple of times.

Fill the glass with ice and soda water. Garnish with extra strawberries, mint and lime.

process shots to make the recipe including muddling, adding ingredients and garnishing

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen strawberries?

If you can’t get your hands on fresh strawberries, you can also use frozen strawberries. Make sure to fully thaw them before use.

Are strawberry mojito mocktails good for you?

My virgin strawberry mojito recipe is a great way to hydrate yourself on a warm day. Lower the sugar content by using a sweetener such as monkfruit sweetener or stevia.

Fresh strawberries and limes are a fantastic source of Vitamin C. Plus, strawberries are also packed with fiber and antioxidants, which makes them great for your overall health.

How do I muddle strawberries?

Place the berries at the bottom of your glass. Then use a firm pressing and twisting motion to juice and crush the fruit. Muddling is an important step that helps release the fruit’s flavor. Alternatively, you can use a blender.

I hope you enjoy this strawberry mojito mocktail as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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Homemade Mango Agua Fresca – Refreshing and Easy

A refreshing and healthy way to stay cool this summer.

Agua Fresca Recipe

Agua fresca is definitely one of the best summer drinks out there. It is refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. There are tons of different ways to make agua fresca, too. You’ll never grow tired of this fresh juice because you can always tweak the recipe a little bit, making it new and exciting all over again!

Today we are focusing on the delicious mango agua fresca. It is classic, tasty, and will only take you 5 minutes to make. It’s a recipe that you must try. Just a warning- you may be quickly addicted to this refreshing, fruity drink.

Homemade Mango Agua Fresca

What is Agua Fresca?

Agua fresca translates to mean “fresh water”. It is aptly names as agua fresca is any non alcoholic beverage made from the juice of a fruit, flower or seed. The fresh juice is blended or pressed and then water and sugar are typically mixed in to dilute and sweeten the puree.

Agua fresca is very popular in Mexico and central America. A big glass of agua fresca is a great way to stay cool in the hot summer sun. Drinking refreshing flavored water is a great way to stay hydrated!

Types of Agua Fresca

There are many different kinds of agua fresca. In fact, you can make agua fresca out of almost anything! Any fruit juice and be made into agua fresca and almost any herb, spice or flower can be steeped in water to add flavor. Here are a few of the most common kinds of agua fresca:

  • Tamarind
  • Hibiscus
  • Horchata
  • Watermelon
  • Chia seed
  • Lime
  • Cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Peach
  • Coconut
  • Mint
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Blackberry

We told you there were a lot of options! And that list could go on and on. Anywhere you visit in Central America will have their own version of agua fresca.

How to Make Mango Agua Fresca at Home

Today we want to tell you all about mango agua fresca. The main ingredient in mango agua fresca is mango! Fresh mango is chopped and pureed into a smooth, powerful juice. The mango juice is strained to remove any pulp and make the texture of the juice perfectly smooth.

To brighten the flavor of the mango, fresh lime juice is mixed in. This helps balance the sweetness of the juice with a little acidity. Mango lime agua fresca is incredibly delicious!

Water is mixed into the juice to lighten it a little. Pure mango juice is very sweet and thick. Water helps make the juice more palatable and more like “agua fresca” rather than just mango juice.

We add agave to our agua fresca de mango to enhance the sweetness of the fruit in a natural way. You can skip the agave or use honey instead. Give the mango agua fresca a sip and see if it needs to be sweeter or if it is just right!

Mango Agua Fresca Ideas

While we love our mango lime agua fresca just as it is, there are a few things you can add in to make it even better. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give the agua fresca some spice
  2. Add a splash of vanilla extract to make the drink richer
  3. Freeze the agua fresca in an ice cube tray and then blend the cubes to make a slushy
  4. Add another fruit like pineapple, watermelon, honeydew or coconut to add more complexity to the drink

No matter what you add in to our mango agua fresca recipe, we know you are going to love this drink. It is non alcoholic, totally refreshing and a beverage you can sip anytime of day. Time to go make a batch now! Enjoy.

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

Mango Agua Fresca Recipe

Recipe by Mocktail.net

Ingredients

  • 3 whole mangos

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

  • 2 Tbsp agave

Directions

  • Peel and cut the mangos. Place the mango chunks into a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Pour the mango through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Press the pulp into the strainer, extracting as much juice as possible.
  • Add the lime juice and agave to the bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add the water and whisk again.
  • Pour the juice into a large pitcher and serve over ice, chilled or simply store the juice in the fridge to enjoy later one.

Tips and Tricks

  • • Use frozen, pre-peeled mango to make the recipe even easier.
    • Lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice
  • Tools:
    • Blender
    • Trainer
    • Bowl
    • Whisk
    • Measuring cup
    • Tablespoon
  • Area of ​​Use:
    Summer drink, garden party, kids party, afternoon drink, cocktail hour, baby shower, breakfast, lunch

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18 Healthy Chocolate Desserts – Easy + Delicious Plant Based Recipes

  healthy chocolate desserts on a table

Whether you just want a sweet treat or you’re looking to satisfy a crowd, I’ve got a chocolate dessert that will fix that craving. These healthy chocolate desserts give you the sweetness you want while also giving you natural ingredients you can pronounce.

I believe in a balanced diet, and that balanced diet includes sweet foods too! I don’t need all the artificial ingredients or dyes in my desserts. Scroll through the recipes below and pick out your favorites to try this week. Don’t forget to let me know how they turned out!

Shareable Healthy Chocolate Desserts

If you’re looking for chocolate desserts to share with that special someone, then the following recipes are perfect. The vegan chocolate chip cookies are my favorite recipe, while my husband can’t get enough peanut butter fudge.

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Thick, fudgy brownies that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will be able to tell!) Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor and a great texture, this Fudgy Gluten Free Brownie Recipe really hit the spot.

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Recipe for gluten free fudgy brownies
Peanut Butter Fudge- 4 Ingredient Dessert!

You’ll definitely wanna include this vegan peanut butter fudge into your holiday menu this year. This decadent recipe is easy to make and provides a beautifully rich treat. Plus, it’s only 6 ingredients!

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peanut butter fudge
Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Grab a friend and whip up these delicious bite-sized snacks. Chocolate covered banana bites are super easy to make, and oh so fun!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are simply THE BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies around! We’ve given them another upgrade by adding in toasted coconut (you can buy it or make it) and toasted almonds for extra flavor and crunch. Use your favorite dark chocolate chips and bake up a batch or two. They make great gifts and store well in the freezer for when a craving hits.

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Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe
Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips

These soft ginger cookies are also naturally gluten free. The flavor of warm ginger shines through thanks to both dried ground ginger and freshly grated ginger. The second best part might just be the pockets of dark chocolate in each bite. These are sure to become a favorite!

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Ultimate Gluten-Free Crepes

Get ready to experience the best gluten-free crepe recipe. The nutty, earthy taste of the quinoa marries well with the homemade chocolate hazelnut spread (hello, healthy nutella!), and fresh fruit. Feel free to use pre-made chocolate hazelnut spread from the store to save time.

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How to make gluten free crepes
Healthy Zucchini Bread

A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan… though you can’t even tell!

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Drinkable Vegan Chocolate Desserts

Mint, nut, fruit… I’ve got you covered with all the flavors you love pairing with chocolate. Feel free to top these with cacao nibs, extra fruit and coconut whipped cream for a fun and healthy chocolate dessert.

Red Velvet Smoothie

Give your heart a healthy boost with cacao (unsweetened cocoa) in this green smoothie recipe. Serve it in a fancy glass with two straws so you and your loved one can enjoy it together!

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Chocolate Protein Shake

Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.

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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Cacao adds rich chocolate flavor as well as a big boost of iron and other vitamins and minerals coupled with healthy fats to this chocolate smoothie bowl.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you’ll think it’s ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.

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Hot Chocolate Smoothie

This dessert-like smoothie is perfect for a cool day or healthy treat. It’s packed with chocolate-y flavor as well as ingredients like spinach and hazelnuts.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

This antioxidant-packed Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie is a healthy indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Cacao powder chocolate dessert smoothie
Energizing Mocha Coffee Smoothie

Sip on this cool and creamy coffee smoothie for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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Healthy Coffee Smoothie using protein and caffeine
Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Blend up some plant-based goodness for a delicious, nutrient-rich dessert or snack. The flavors of coconut, chocolate, and almond come together quickly in this vegan smoothie bowl.

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Coconut Joy Vegan Smoothie Bowl
Skinny Mint Smoothie

The combination of cacao powder and fresh mint leaves will give you that chocolatey-mint flavor you’ve been craving, but instead of packing in the fat and calories, you’ll be packing in nutrients from spinach, and avocados! It’s really a win-win. When the Girl Scout cravings hit, reach for this smoothie instead.

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Banana Split Smoothie

Blend up this sweet banana split smoothie and watch your kiddos sip up some leafy green goodness without even knowing it! Top with a spoonful of coconut whipped cream and place a cherry on top for a fun, healthy treat.

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Nutritious banana split green smoothie with coconut whipped cream
Homemade Hot Chocolate

Take a spin on the classic hot chocolate recipe and not even miss a beat with this homemade hot chocolate recipe. This one is even better tasting AND twice as good for you. Let’s cheers to that!

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Vegan Dessert FAQs

What dessert is the healthiest?

Choose the dessert that makes you happy, and eat it with no regrets. Seriously! These vegan chocolate desserts are made with plant-based ingredients and, hopefully, love. If you feel guilty about eating something, then don’t eat it. Life should be balanced, and it is 100% worth it to me to enjoy chocolate chip cookies with my family.

What is the healthiest chocolate?

Look for dark chocolate with real sugar or natural sweetener in it. There is no need for any weird ingredients or preservatives in your chocolate. Most of these vegan chocolate desserts are made with cacao. Look for unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder.

Can I still have dessert and lose weight?

Honestly, yes. Instead of focusing on weight loss, I look for chocolate dessert recipes made with real ingredients, mostly plants, and taste the best. It’s not worth it to me to eat dessert just to eat it. I want to love what I’m eating. I enjoy all the healthy chocolate desserts on this list.

Which recipe are you going to make first? I can’t wait for you to share these healthy chocolate desserts with your family and friends; tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies so I can see your lovely creations!

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Epic Almond Smoothie – An Easy, Plant Based Beverage

almond smoothie

Almonds are my go-to snack since they provide a quick boost of healthy fats, protein and fiber. I often take them on long runs, into the Grand Canyon, and you can probably find some floating around my purse in the case of an emergency. This almond smoothie recipe was a no-brainer. Almonds and almond milk combined with bananas and strawberries quickly become a filling and delicious breakfast.

How to Make an Almond Smoothie

Get ready for the world’s healthiest fast food- a smoothie. In one easy step, you’ve got a meal that is filling, full of great nutrients and delicious tastes.

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Make sure at least one of your fruits is frozen to produce a refreshingly cool smoothie. And if you just can’t handle a smoothie without leafy greens then toss ’em in!

ingredients for a plant based snack

Almond Smoothie FAQs

Are almonds in smoothies good?

Yes! Adding in raw almond, almond milk, or almond meal to your next smoothie will give you fiber and a healthy fat boost.

Is almond milk bad in smoothies?

Only if you don’t like almond milk. It’s a delicious, plant-based option that easily blends with a variety of fruits and veggies. Almond milk adds in good nutrients as well as works as a natural thickener.

Are raw almonds good in smoothies?

They can be! If you’ve got a high-powered blender, then you can add pretty much any raw nut to a smoothie and enjoy its benefits. If your blender isn’t Vitamix-grade, then soak the nuts for four hours before blending to soften.

energizing almond smoothie recipe

Easy Recipe Swaps

Swap in one serving of your favorite plant protein powder for chia seeds. The cinnamon honestly makes this smoothie next level. Omit it if cinnamon isn’t your thing. While this is called an almond smoothie, there is no judgment if you use a different plant milk. Cashew or oat would work great!

If the natural sugar is a bit too much for you then swap out ½ of the banana for ¼ cup frozen cauliflower. Swap the 2 tbsps of almonds for the nut or seed of your choice.

superfood almonds in a snack

Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are a pretty impressive nut. One ounce holds 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat as well as large amounts of the recommended daily value of vitamin E, manganese and magnesium.

They also contain large amounts of antioxidants, which our bodies use to fight inflammation and cancer.

Because almonds are high in fat, protein and fiber, they can help lower blood sugar. Grab a handful for your next snack and soak in the benefits.

I use both almond and almond milk in my almond smoothie recipe to increase all the goodness going into my body.

Choosing the Right Milk

You can either buy or make almond milk, and both are great options!

Store-bought almond milk: There are so many brands to choose from when buying almond milk. I love the variety and accessibility of plant-based milk today! Yet ALWAYS read the labels (even of your favorite brand!) to make sure companies aren’t trying to slip weird ingredients into your milk.

Every year Simple Green Smoothies searches all the grocery stores in the Tampa Bay area for new and improved brands of almond milk, then we test them and rate. We do all the research for you!

Homemade almond milk: I love making my own plant milk. It’s easy and I know exactly what goes into it. If you’ve never tried to make your own before, then try it! You might never go back to the store-bought stuff again.

easy, simple smoothie recipe

Using Almonds in Smoothies

Check out these great smoothie recipes that use almond or almond milk:

Give this epic smoothie a try and let me know how it turns out! I love a new smoothie recipe, don’t you?

Epic Almond Smoothie

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Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs almonds
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen)
  • ½ test ground cinnamon
  • 1 test maple syrup (or honey)

Notes

  • Make sure to use a frozen fruit for a refreshingly cold smoothie
  • Add even more protein with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or 1 serving of Protein Smoothie Boost
  • For less natural sugar, swap ½ banana with ¼ cup frozen cauliflower

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 339kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 44g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monnounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 329mg (14%) Potassium: 727mg (21%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 19g (21%) Vitamin A: 94IU (2%) Vitamin C: 53mg (64%) Calcium: 456mg (46%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Mocktail

Easy Cucumber Mocktails With Dill

These healthy cucumber mocktails have the perfect balance of cucumber, dill and lemon. This recipe is low sugar, vegan and super simple to make.

There really is something about these cucumber mocktails. They are the perfect color for Christmas, and you can find more Christmas mocktail recipes here. They are a great source of antioxidants and are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin K. With the addition of hydrating soda water, this is one big glass of green goodness.

2 green drinks in tall glasses garnished with an orange and pink flower and a sprig of dill

This recipe is:

healthy: With a nutritious combination of cucumber, dill, citrus and soda, you can enjoy this virgin cocktail knowing it’s hydrating and so good for you.

Easy: With easy to find ingredients and minimal equipment, you can make this drink with little to no bartending expertise.

Fast: I love easy mocktail recipes that can be made quickly. This recipe can be made in just a few minutes and has minimal prep time.

Gorgeous to look at: just look at that stunning green colour. This non alcoholic cocktail looks perfect garnished with edible blooms and a cucumber flower garnish. If you love the look of this garnish, I’ve included a quick tutorial below. You can expand the screen by using the little square on the bottom right of the screen, if you need to.

To make the cucumber garnish: this is perfect for drinks and platters and would be perfect for Christmas mocktails too.

  • Cut a small piece of cucumber and use a sharp knife to create a hole in the middle.
  • Thinly slice about 10 pieces of cucumber using a knife or mandolin (I had better results with a mandolin.)
  • Lay them flat as shown in the video and roll as tightly as you can. Be careful – they are quite delicate!
  • Once you have rolled them together, insert one end into the cucumber base.
  • Fan out to form a flower shape.

These cucumber flowers can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a few hours.

Ingredients You’ll Need For The RECIPE

Cucumber juice: You can buy cucumber juice at juice bars, or make your own. I just grated some cucumber and squeezed the juice through a strainer until I had the required amount. Tip: use the flesh in a smoothie to avoid wastage.

Fresh dill OR dill pickle juice: I used fresh dill in this mocktail, but I know this isn’t easily accessible for some. So I tested another variation with dill pickle juice instead. As in, juice from a jar of pickles. Trust me – if you are a pickle lover you will be pleasantly surprised!

2 green drinks in tall glasses garnished with an orange and pink flower and a sprig of dill

lemon juice: I always use freshly squeezed lemon juice wherever possible, so I know exactly what is in it – plus, it just tastes better in my opinion. If you only have a bottled juice that’s fine too.

Sweetener of choice: I personally didn’t use a sweetener is this because I like the bite of the lemon juice and dill, but if you are a sweet tooth feel free to use some. You can use any you choose, my personal favorites are a couple of drops of Stevia or monk fruit sweetener.

Lime or regular soda water: I love the crispness of a lime soda water in this, so I recommend that if you have it! Any brand is fine, just opt ​​for low sugar where possible. If you do use regular soda water, you can even add an extra squeeze of lime or lemon juice at the end. Delicious!

How to make cucumber mocktails

Place dill, lemon juice and sweetener in a cocktail shaker and muddle for about 20-30 seconds. If you don’t have a shaker, use anything with a tight lid – I find a drink bottle or mason jar works well.

Add the cucumber juice and some ice and shake well. Double strain into an ice filled glass and top with your soda water of choice.

Stir gently and garnish. There are plenty of garnish options for this recipe. You could try my cucumber flowers above, edible flowers, a lime wedge or round and a sprig of dill. Completely your choice!

I hope you enjoy making these healthy cucumber mocktails as much as I loved creating them!

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Cucumber Mocktails With Dill

These healthy cucumber mocktails have the perfect balance of cucumber, dill and lemon. This drink recipe is low sugar, vegan and super simple to make.

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Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cucumber juice see note 1
  • 2 tsp dill or 1 tbsp dill pickle juice see note 2
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice see note 3
  • 2/3 cup lime or regular soda water

Instructions

  • Place dill, lemon juice and sweetener (if using) and muddle for about 20-30 seconds.

  • Add the cucumber juice, 2 or 3 cubes of ice, and shake well.

  • Double strain into an ice filled glass and top with your soda water of choice.

  • Stir gently, garnish and serve (if you want to make it special, you can find the cucumber flower garnish tutorial above).

Notes

Note 1: you can buy cucumber juice at juice bars or make your own. To make your own, grate some cucumber and squeeze it through a strainer until you have 1/4 cup.
Note 2: I used dill for my recipe, but also tested this with dill pickle juice in it’s place and it was delicious! If you are a pickle lover, just use the juice from a jar of dill pickles – sounds crazy but it is delicious and fresh!
Note 3: I didn’t need a sweetener with this, but if you are a sweet tooth, feel free to add some. My preferences are a teaspoon of monk fruit sweetener or a couple of drops of Stevia.
Nutritional information is calculated without sweetener.

Nutrition

Serving: 250mls | Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

NUTRITIONAL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE CARBS FROM SUGAR ALCOHOLS.

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Amazonia Mocktail – Fancy Drink and Easy to Make

Luxurious bubbles sizzle in the mug while the flavors of apple, mint and lemon add sparkle to every sip!

Amazon mocktail recipe

Sometimes you just need a fancy drink. Fortunately, this luxurious drink is easy to prepare. The whole mix comes together in about 5 minutes but gives you a cocktail that’s luxurious enough for a wedding, birthday, or any cocktail party you might be hosting.

It also doesn’t hurt that it’s loaded with interesting flavors and combinations of ingredients you probably never thought of.

Luxurious Amazon mocktail

So what exactly goes into our Amazon mocktail? The main ingredients are mint, apple juice, lemon juice and sparkling grape juice.

These are the ingredients you will taste the most when you take your first sip. Now, mint and lime are often paired together.

The bright flavors of the two ingredients are known to pair well. But add a little apple juice to the mix and you’ll be in for a whole new ball game.

The apple juice adds sweetness to the drink, making it easy to enjoy.

Amazon Mocktail

It also takes in the summer flavors of mint and lime in the fall and winter months when apples are in season. This makes the drink perfect for enjoying all year round.

We top our mocktail with a bit of sparkling grape juice to add even more sugary flavors and also to give the drink some fun bubbles. Sparkling drink looks irresistible!

Serve the mocktail in a fluffy champagne glass and you’ll have a luxurious and luscious drink!

Amazon mocktail recipe

Amazon mocktail recipe

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  • Place the mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and mix the mint to release the juices and break the leaves apart a bit.
  • Add ice, apple juice, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker, cover, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into a champagne glass and top it with sparkling grape juice.
  • Garnish with a slice of apple and serve cold.

Tips and tricks

  • • Use sparkling water instead of sparkling grape juice if necessary
    • Replace apple juice with apple juice in the fall for a more spicy flavour
  • Tools:
    • Measuring cup
    • Tablespoon
    • Cocktail shaker
    • Cocktail Shaker Strainer
    • champagne glass
  • field of use:
    New Years Eve, Cocktail Party, After Dinner Drink, Wedding Party, Garden Party, Bachelorette, Wedding

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The Best Christmas Mocktails – Easy Virgin Mimosas

If you’re looking for an easy mocktail, you’ve found it. These simple virgin Christmas mimosas take just minutes to make and are perfect for a crowd.

These virgin mimosas make the perfect Christmas mocktails.

We had 30 guests at our place a few weeks ago and one thing it taught me is that prep time is precious! Often so much attention is paid to the food that the drinks get forgotten about.

I made it easy by making these virgin Christmas Mimosas so I could get back to entertaining quickly. They are:

  • Fast: With just 2 ingredients and no chopping, muddling or other prep needed, this mocktail can be made in less than a minute.
  • Easy: There are definitely no bartending skills required for this Christmas drink.
  • Gloriously festive: just look at that beautiful color from the cranberry juice. Top them with a sprig of rosemary or whole cranberries for an extra festive feel.

Looking for something different? Try my easy alcohol free eggnog, which can be made in advance, or my non alcoholic mulled wine.

They can both be made in advance and are the perfect mocktails for a crowd.

Ingredients you’ll need

You’ll need only 2 ingredients for this Christmas mocktail (plus a garnish), so they are cost effective as well as easy.

I used:

Non alcoholic sparkling wine – I recommend a dry wine if possible. The cranberry juice is very sweet, so a dry wine works better with it.

If you don’t drink alcohol free wine, you can replace it with soda water, kombucha or ginger beer – just be mindful the color will change if you use a ginger beer.

Cranberry juice – I used a low sugar cranberry juice, but I am not a sweet tooth! If you like it sweeter, a regular or diet juice works fine.

Something to garnish: I think rosemary works perfectly, but you could also use mint, cranberries or even cherries – anything green or red you have on hand!

How to make Christmas Mimosas

This method could not be easier.

Simply pour 2 parts alcohol free sparkling wine and 1 part cranberry juice into your glasses. The measurements don’t have to be exact and you can change the quantities to suit your taste and make it your own.

I hope you enjoy these festive virgin mimosas, they really are the best Christmas mocktails!

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Christmas Mimosa Mocktail in 1 Minute

These easy mimosa mocktails are perfect for Christmas and can be made in minutes, which makes them the perfect recipe for a crowd.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 parts non alcoholic sparkling wine or alternative see note
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 rosemary sprig or cranberries to garnish optional

Notes

If you don’t drink alcohol free wine, it can easily be replaced with soda water, kombucha or ginger beer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg

NUTRITIONAL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE CARBS FROM SUGAR ALCOHOLS.