Inspired by their love of food and passion for health and wellness, our Test Kitchen team launched a Wellness Camp at our headquarters this January, dedicated to teaching Williams-Sonoma employees about little things we could all do to improve our diets and overall sense of well-being. All month, we’ll be sharing some of their favorite tips, from healthy recipe hacks to cooking techniques to small substitutions that make a big difference. Follow along with us on the blog and on Instagram @williamssonoma #wswellness.
Our Test Kitchen cook Sandra Wu is a big fan of smoothies and fresh juices as healthy power-boosters all day long.
“Smoothies make a quick and easy breakfast or mid-afternoon snack,” she says. “The beauty of smoothies is that they’re so customizable. Start with whatever frozen fruit you have on hand (it’s great to freeze extra in-season fruit just for this purpose). Add yogurt, juice, milk, coconut water, or soy/nut milk and a touch of sweetener, if you like—then blend away. We’ve chosen a few of our favorites that utilize a variety of different fruits (and vegetables).”
Our Test Kitchen team also loves making fresh juices whenever they can. “We don’t necessarily think of them as a meal replacement, but as a supplement to our daily routines for an extra boost of vitamins,” Sandra says. “They’re a great way to incorporate additional produce into your diet.”
Ready for a burst of energy? Here are a few recipes to get you off to a fresh, healthy start.
|Berry Mango Smoothie
Enjoy this healthy energizer no matter what the season. It calls for frozen fruit, so it’s easy to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand.
|Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Whip up this golden tropical fruit powerhouse for a quick breakfast or invigorating snack. Pineapple and mango give it an irresistible natural sweetness.
|Cranberry, Orange & Banana Smoothie
Combine the season’s freshest fruits with protein-packed yogurt to create a satisfying smoothie. Fresh cranberries add extra anti-oxidants – and a cheerful scarlet hue.
|Banana Pineapple Smoothie
Bring a taste of the tropics to your table – this sunny fruit delight combines bananas, pineapple and coconut water to recreate the island flavors of a piña colada.
|Individual Green Smoothie
Bursting with the fresh taste of green apples, grapes, kale and cucumber, this nutrient-packed smoothie makes a great early morning eye-opener or post-workout energizer.
|Tropical Berry Smoothie
Enjoy sunny flavors and a nutritious blast of energy in this fresh, fruity blend.. This energizing smoothie showcases pomegranate plus four super berries—all free-radical fighters that enhance vitality.
|Green Apple, Kiwi & Kale Juice
Green juice fans, this is the drink for you! A great combo of uplifting flavors and high-energy nutrients, it includes fresh apples, kiwifruit, kale, romaine lettuce and cucumber.
|Blueberry, Blackberry & Pomegranate Juice
Power up with a nutritious blend that tastes as great as it looks. The bright, flavor of pomegranate seeds layers beautifully with the vibrant sweetness of the berries.
|Carrot & Apple Juice with Ginger
When you need a fresh burst of energy, go for the gold! This healthy golden juice packs a flavorful punch, thanks to a combo of spicy ginger and tangy lemon.
|Apple, Beet & Carrot Juice
Make the most of farmer’s market produce with this high-energy juice. For a hint of green color and even more nutrients, juice some spinach or kale leaves along with the other ingredients.