In our July Monthly Morsels newsletter we revealed the truth about Pinkberry, reported our favorite supermarket ice creams and also discussed smoothies. We promised a follow up blog most with our “smoothest hits” and here they are. These are a little unusual you can always stick to fruit, protein powder, ice and water.
Giadaesque Smoothie– I watched Giada make a basil smoothie on her show that sounded, as many of her recipes do, delicious. It need, as many of her recipes do, some healthy tweaks.
Ingredients: 5-7 fresh basil leaves torn, lemon zest, 1 scoop vanilla Organic Whey protein powder, ½ frozen banana, additional ice, dash of agave nectar, ice water to desired thickness start with ¼ cup can add more.
Peppermint Potion– There is a restaurant called Peacefood Café not far from where I live. They have amazing smoothies and juices and used to have a chocolate mint smoothie. They took it off the menu so I had to create my own. Ingredients: Nutiva Chocolate Hemp protein (or other chocolate protein), ½ avocado (you will not taste it), a few fresh mint leaves, few drops of mint extract (I prefer Frontier brand), tsp unsweetened cocoa, ½ cup ice, dash agave and ice water to desired thickness.
Bikini Blend– Perhaps you eat well, that’s good but sometimes well isn’t enough. When a bathing suit or beach vacation looms we often want to kick into a higher gear . This smoothie will help with bloat and anything that’s unwanted yet hanging around…Ingredients: Socal detox powder (1-2tsp), 1 cup frozen watermelon and peaches, thin slice peeled fresh ginger, tsp aloe vera juice, dash agave, additional ice and ½ cup plain coconut water.
Energy Express– One of the things I like about smoothies is the ability to combine so many healthful ingredients in a 1 or 2 cup drink. Try this smoothie for a little boost in the morning. Ingredients: Teras Whey Protein, maca , coromega packet, pineapple, 1 cup pre-washed baby spinach, 1 cup ice, green tea to desired thickness.
What is your favorite smoothie? Any ideas you’re excited to try from the suggestions above?
Winter: Frozen canned pumpkin, banana, almond milk, cinnamon
Summer: Frozen figs, banana, almond milk.
This is so fantastic…thank you! I'm off to buy a new blender…
living off of smoothies for breakfast…(and highly recommend the Breville blender – it is AMAZING).
My current faves:
Basil Peach – I use more basil then the recipe above – love the taste of it. about 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla lo-fat yogurt and a splash of ice water.
Arugula Strawberry – this idea popped up after have a strawberry arugula salad – why not blend? About 1 cup arugula, 1/2 cup frz strawberries, 1/4 cup lofat plain or vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup ice water. This has to be my all time favorite.
And of course, adjust ingredients to taste…I tend to go heavy on the greens in the summer when it is all so fresh.
You've inspired us to try a new smoothie each day this week. And it's a great excuse to get a really sweet blender, which I've been trying to justify for a while. Will keep you updated!
Thanks for the blender rec, Jenifer! We purchased the Breville die cast blender yesterday, and it works so well. Thanks for talking me out of the Vita-mix, because I'm not rich.
My favourite smoothie: 1 cup raw spinach (or kale), 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries.