Happy Friday! First of all, I want thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your sweet comments, tweets, and emails from yesterday. Some of you brought tears to my eyes because of the sincerity and kindness that you poured out to me. Thank you!
Today I wanted to talk about something a little more on the “lighter side” (relatively and figuratively!) – SMOOTHIES! I officially declare it smoothie season with all of this warmer weather and summer on the horizon. Smoothies are one of my all time favorite things to eat slurp down. They can be yummy, nutritious, and refreshing all in one! They can also be tasteless, unhealthy, and full of sugar if you’re not careful.
So let’s talk about how to make a smoothie that is more on the delicious and healthier side, because what’s not to love about delicious and nutritious? Smoothies have endless possibilities of ingredients, so there’s no one set way to make a quality smoothie. There are some ingredients that I often use as the “base” of my smoothies to make them better tasting and better for you though.
My favorite base ingredients of any smoothie:
- Lowfat/nonfat milk
You can use cow’s, almond, soy, etc. I try to stay away from juice because it often has a high sugar content. Most milk packs in extra calcium and protein.
Some people like to use frozen fruit instead of ice, which is totally fine too!
- A source of protein
Protein helps satiate you and causes you to not feel hungry again after a half hour. My favorite forms of protein to add to smoothies are protein powder or greek yogurt.
- A ripe banana
I almost always add at least half of a ripe banana to my smoothies. The banana is a natural sweetener and also helps make the smoothie nice and creamy!
After those four base ingredients, the possibilities are endless!! I love to add various fruit, nut butter, cocoa powder, etc. In a lot of the smoothies I make, I also will add a handful of fresh spinach to pack in some extra nutrients. I guarantee you won’t taste it, especially if you include that ripe banana in there. And just think, you’re getting an extra serving of veggies that you can’t even taste! I love when that happens.
I also have a new smoothie recipe to share that I came up with the other day. It’s definitely a new favorite of mine! I was craving some frozen yogurt like crazy, and this totally did the trick at satisfying my craving.
Peanut Butter Banana Vanilla Smoothie
(Makes 1 serving)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 – 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons all natural peanut butter
- Ice cubes
- Put all ingredients into your blender.
- Blend until all ingredients are blended well.
- Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
- How often do you make smoothies?
- What are your favorite base ingredients for a smoothie?
- Link up some of your favorite smoothie “recipes”!