Smoothies are an absolute favorite of mine. They are refreshing, filling and quick which are always “musts” for me in the summer. I love that by mixing fruits and veggies you can get in your servings of fresh produce and I find them to help immensely my running during the hot months.
I have been getting many requests on facebook for some smoothie recipes and ideas, so today all of those requests get answered! Also, if you do not have a blender that you love, here is a review of the one I received from my sister-in-law for Christmas. I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Tropical: Not only is this smoothie delicious, it is also full of Vitamin C and Iron. Add to your blender 6 oz. of water (if you can, use coconut water), as well as a large handful of spinach, 1/2 Cup of frozen pineapple and 1/2 Cup of fresh or frozen blueberries. Blend on high until you reach the consistency that is your preference.
The Classic: I like to eat-eat-eat, apples and bananas… and strawberries! Most Strawberry-Banana smoothies you buy from the stores/restaurants use apple juice. But in this recipe we will cut out that added sugar and instead use real apples! Who would have thunk? It’s like this… 6 oz. water (again, coconut would be fabulous), 1/2 of an apple diced – combine these first, then add… 2 tbsp. of plain, non-fat greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and 4-6 Strawberries. If this is to thick for you, add more water until your desire consistency is reached.
The Sweet Tart: Cranberries, Bananas, Raspberries and Lemon! Seriously, it’s delish! Add to your blender either 6 oz. of Almond Milk (you can use regular milk if you’d like) or water and then plop into the liquid as follows: 4-5 Cranberries, 5-6 Raspberries, 1/2 Banana, 2 tbsp Lemon juice. Once everything is combined, you can add some ice if the smoothie isn’t thick enough. topic.
The Perk Me Up: I hate coffee…. ahhhh, I feel so much better getting that off my chest. Unfortunately though, much of the world does not feel the same way I do. So, to please all of you (because seriously, I hate it…. this recipe literally does NOTHING for me), this recipe has been born. Not only will it please your taste buds, it will also please your nervous system as well as your coworkers. So here is the scoop, combine in your blender 4 oz. of almond milk, 4 oz. of cold coffee, 1/2 of a banana and 4-5 almonds. You can relieve your little heart and time schedule and not blend heavily and it will be frappuccino like… this may require a bit of ice as well. If you need a bit more “starbucks” to the taste (a.k.a. sweetness), add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and thank me at 9 a.m. 🙂
The Berry Blast: 4 oz. of Almond Milk, 1 Cup of fresh Blueberries, 1/2 Cup of fresh Strawberries, 1/2 Cup of fresh raspberries and 1/2 Frozen Banana. It’s as simple and delightful as that!
Ok all of you smoothie lovers… I hope you enjoy these and if you find similar versions of these on this bad-boy we call the internet, well I’m not a thief, smoothies are just ridiculously popular! Blend on friends!