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#CFeats with Kitchy Kitchen: Five Junk Food Smoothies

With summer right around the corner, everyone can use a little “healthifying” of their diet. But let’s be real—there is only so much kale one person can eat/drink/tolerate. And if given the choice between a leafy salad and a delicious sweet treat—we all know which one most people would choose.

Luckily our friend Claire Thomas, the blogger behind The Kitchy Kitchen, has found a solution that satiates our sweet tooth and saves our waist line at the same time. Her Junk Food Smoothies capture all the craveable flavors of some of our favorite snacks and package them into smoothies that are both delicious and healthy. Why suffer through another lemon-maple syrup-cayenne concoction when you can have a Snickerdoodle Smoothie instead?

So whether you are gearing up for finals, looking for a delicious quick breakfast or wanting to cool down poolside, these sneaky healthy and clearly yummy smoothies are for you.

Protein Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

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Ingredients (For 2 12-ounce smoothies)

-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

-1 tablespoon agave nectar

-2 tablespoons flax meal

-1/3 cup peanut butter

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

-1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

-1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

-1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Directions

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond if you like a thinner consistency.

Pina Colada Smoothie

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Ingredients (For 2 12-ounce smoothies)

-1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

-1 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped

-1 cup almond coconut milk

Directions

Pop everything in the blender, and puree thoroughly. This drink is best enjoyed immediately!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Ingredients (For 2 12-ounce smoothies)

-2 tablespoons maple syrup

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

-20 mint leaves

-2 cups spinach, packed

-1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

-1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

-1/4 cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)

-1 teaspoon spirulina (optional)

Directions

Pop the ingredients in a blender, except for the cacao nibs, and go from mix to liquify in steps. Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it. Add the cacao nibs and blend again, just to incorporate them. If you over-blend your smoothie will turn brown. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Snickerdoodle Smoothie

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Ingredients (For 2 12-ounce smoothies)

-2 tablespoons maple syrup

-2 tablespoons flax meal

-1/3 cup oats

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 teaspoon chia seeds

-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

-1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

-1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

-1 scoop hemp protein (optional)

Directions

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Apple Pie Smoothie

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Ingredients (For 2 12-ounce smoothies)

-2 tablespoons maple syrup

-2 tablespoons flax meal

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

-1 apple, cored and chopped

-1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

-1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

-1 scoop maca powder (optional)

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds. The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

Recipe and photos via Kitchy Kitchen.