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Make The Turn Weekly Challenge #41: SuperPower Smoothies

December 16, 2014

*Cate Ritter is the Director of "THE LEAN 18" Nutrition program at MTT Performance. The company operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow MTT on Twitter at @mttgolf

Juicing can be a healthy and delicious way to get more nutrients, especially leafy greens, into your daily diet. These gluten, dairy and soy-free recipes are simple, delicious and don't require much experience at all in the kitchen. If done properly, juicing can be a nourishing source of enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that aid digestion, enhance detoxification, cleanse the liver, increase alkalinity, strengthen immunity, boost metabolism, assist weight loss, and support overall health.

With a good quality protein powder added, these vegetable-based juices make a quick meal or protein-rich snack.

In addition to the examples shared in the video above, here are some more great healthy drink options for your to enjoy!

__INSTRUCTIONS__Add ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth & creamy.

__1. Lean Greenie__2-4 cups water or organic green/herbal tea; 1/2 Avocado; 2-4 Cups Kale; 1 celery stalk; 1/2 cucumber; 1 green apple, core removed; 3 Sprigs Parsley; 1 lemon, juiced; 1 scoop plain protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

__2. Java Jumpstart__2-4 cups organic coffee (room temperature or cold); 2 TB Shredded coconut;‿2-4 cups fresh/frozen spinach; 1 frozen ripe banana (peel a ripe banana, cut it into smaller pieces & freeze); 1/2 TSP cinnamon; 1 TSP vanilla extract; 1 scoop plain/chocolate/vanilla protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

__3. Choco-Nana-Nut__1-2 cups water; 2 TB shredded coconut or almond butter; 2-4 cups Fresh/frozen spinach; 1 frozen ripe banana; 1 TB cacao powder or maca; 1 TB Flax seeds; 1 scoop plain/chocolate/vanilla protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

__4. Blueberry Muffin__2-4 cups water or almond milk; 2-4 cups fresh/frozen spinach or kale; 1/2 cup frozen blueberries; 2 TB almond butter; 1 frozen ripe banana; 1 TB chia/flax seeds; 1 scoop plain/vanilla protein powder; 1/2 TSP Cinnamon

__5. Sweet Potato Pie__2-4 cups water or almond milk; 2-4 cups fresh/frozen spinach; 1 small sweet potato; 1 small orange, peeled or 1 frozen ripe banana; 1/4 cup pecans or 2 TB pecan butter; 1 TSP vanilla extract; 1/2 tsp cinnamon; 1 scoop Plain/vanilla protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

__6. Skinny Red__1-2 cup(s) water; 1-2 cup(s) beet greens or red swiss chard; 1 small beet, peeled; 1 medium carrot, peeled; 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries or 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds; 1/2 TSP ginger, dried; 1/2 TSP cinnamon; 1 scoop plain protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

__7. Minty Melon__1-2 cups water or coconut milk; 1-2 cup(s) fresh/frozen spinach; 1 cup watermelon; 1 lime, juiced; 3 sprigs mint; 1 scoop plain protein powder; Stevia (to taste)

Try starting your day with one of these delicious protein drink options and you can count this week's challenge as complete.

__Benefits__Quick MealsMaximize NutrientsFeel Better