Monday, May 20, 2013


I started making smoothies a few years ago and now I usually make them 3-4 times a week for breakfast.
They're portable, nutritious, and you can change the taste based on what you like and what you have on hand.

In the beginning, I thought it was better to put as many different kinds of fruits and whatever as possible.
But I find that smoothies taste better if there is a base plus one or two complimentary flavors (like pineapple and banana or apple and peanut butter).

My base usually includes: yogurt, a banana (because they make a smoothie extra creamy), and ice.
My usual throw ins include: fruit,spinach, peanut butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder, orange juice, oatmeal/granola, and/or brewed coffee.
I never put all those in at once, just one or two. :)...... or three.

Here are a few of my favorite combos (and I never measure. I just throw in a portion that looks good to me):

1. Green Tropics Smoothie
1 banana
1/2 C. (?) pineapple
handful of spinache
orange juice
yogurt (plain or vanilla, w/e I have)
spoonful of coconut oil

2. Banana Nut Winter Smoothie
1 banana
Vanilla yogurt
handful of chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you have)
ground nutmeg

3. Chocolate Protein Smoothie
greek yogurt
cocoa powder
peanut butter

One last tip:
I like to buy canned fruit (packed in juice, not syrup) such as pineapple in the largest can I can find because it's cheap and already cut up. When I open the can I'll put in only the amount I want, then freeze the rest in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, the cubes can be stored in the freezer in a container. The next time I make a smoothie, I'll pop 2 or 3 frozen pineapple cubes in there. It also does double duty as the ice factor.


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