Let’s Talk Smoothies

I loooooooove a good smoothie. How can you not love something that has so much healthy deliciousness in one cup! I’ll make a smoothie any time of day, I don’t know about you, but after a workout I’m especially craving something quick, cold, and drinkable – a smoothie is perfect. I thought I’d share some of my favorite smoothies with you today, these guys are in permanent rotation in my kitchen.

Before I get to the good stuff, let’s talk likes/dislikes. Everyone usually has smoothie preferences. First off, I usually like to use milk as my smoothie base, either skim or unsweetened vanilla almond. I also try to get a good ratio between carbs and protein – this is especially important for post-run or workout recovery. When it comes to veggies in smoothies, I opt for baby spinach. A lot of people like kale in their smoothies, I’m not one of them. I’ve tried it, twice actually. I was not able to fool my taste buds either time. They knew exactly what was up and they did not enjoy it, so I avoid kale in smoothies. Also, I am a big fan of frozen bananas, they’re an instant thickener and add great flavor. I like to peel and slice up bananas into big chunks and keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer to have on hand whenever I need.

Ok, enough of that, let’s make smoothies this week!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (my favorite post-run treat)
8oz milk (your preference)
1 frozen sliced banana
1 ½ tbs smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
(Optional add ins: chia seeds, cocoa powder, handful of baby spinach – the nut butter masks the taste I promise)

Berry Protein Smoothie
8 oz milk (your preference)
1 cup frozen berries (I like Trader Joe’s Very Cherry Berry Blend)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Designer Whey)
OR 1 cup plain greek yogurt
(Optional add ins: raw or roasted almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon)

Apple Pie Smoothie
8oz milk (your preference)
1 frozen sliced banana
1 sliced apple (peeled and chopped into pieces)
Small handful of raw or roasted almonds
Dash of cinnamon
(Optional add ins: chia seeds)

Blueberry Oat Smoothie
8oz milk (your preference)
1 frozen sliced banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
OR 1 cup plain greek yogurt
Small handful of plain rolled oats (If you have time, I like to toast them in the oven or toaster oven, but they go from toasted to burnt in an instant so keep an eye on them!)
(Optional add ins: chia seeds, drizzle of agave syrup or honey)

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
8oz milk (your preference)
1 frozen sliced banana
½ cup pure pumpkin puree
Small handful of raw or roasted almonds
Heavy dash of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg)

Tropical Mango Smoothie
8oz orange juice (I like Trop50)
1 frozen sliced banana
½ cup frozen mango pieces

Are you a smoothie lover too? What’s your favorite?

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Smoothies

  1. I love smoothies too. Will try some of your combos. My additional optionals are ground flax seed and black sesame seeds as they are both so good for you and tastes good. I find that the trick to using kale is to go small. Remove leaves from one sprig and put in blender. Add one large orange and blend well. Nutritious and refreshing and light without being overwhelming “green.”

    • Sounds yummy! I have a friend who always uses ground flax seed in her smoothies, I’ll have to give it a try! And I hadn’t thought of black sesame seeds before – what a great idea!

    • I have a Cuisinart immersion blender and I love it because it does a good job and is perfect for individual sizes. But I know some people who opt for a typical blender. I say, whatever will get the job done! 🙂

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