I like smoothies. I am pretty good at making them. Maybe even an expert – I spent much of my university career as a professional smoothie artist at a big juice bar chain. I can still make the top 5 off the top of my head. My kids say I make the best smoothies ever, so that alone lets you know how pro I am. Ha. I also love fresh juice, but have vowed to never ever never clean a juicer again, as much as I’d like to have one. I have two go to smoothies.
Mocha Protein Shake to the Max
Chocolate protein powder (I used BSN Lean Dessert Fudge whatever), regular coffee made on the small setting on the Keuring, 1/2 cup of milk and enough ice to fill my large favourite Blender Bottle SportMixer. It has a good shape, hot pink accents and a tattoo-inspired Little Mermaid sticker. Get in some protein, a little bit more with the milk (and calcium too!) and caffeine all in one drink. It tastes pretty good too – basically like a chocolate coffee milkshake.
Fresh Fruit Heck Yes!
This one is simple – take 1/4 cup of 4 different fruits or any combo of fruit totalling 2 cups. I like to make these up in little baggies with fruits that are on the edge or that I bought and the kids were not into (helloooo cantaloupe). I also watch bad tv while I do prep. It’s how I roll. These baggies were made up of 1/4 each of raspberries & blueberries which I had bought Costco packs of so there was lots, some strawberries and the unloved cantaloupe. I throw these in a magic bullet cup thinger with some water, low fat greek yogurt and either a touch of honey or some vanilla protein powder depending on if it’s a breakfast smoothie (protein!) or afternoon snack smoothie (sweet sweet honey). It’s really simple, but super effective. Is it OMGawesomeTheBestSmoothieEver? Not quite, but it’s simple and I am not a big fan of sorbet, lots of honey, stevia, agave, ect as sweeteners in smoothies which tend to make TheBestSmoothieEver because they take them more into that desserty treat category. And I don’t do figs or dates. I am not a big juice fan (unless it’s fresh and has beets) in general, other than the occasional orange juice for breakfast. But if you are, totally replace the water with some juice. Party time! And if you want to feel healthy or whatever, throw in a handful of kale or spinach – I find kale can up the refreshing quotient a bit.
Fruits that go great together:
Banana & Strawberry – CLASSIC
Watermelon-Raspberry-Cherry-Squirt of lime
Pineapple-Raspberry (or blueberry)-Banana
My other favourite smoothie has 1/2 a banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, a few slices of peach, orange juice, plain low-fat greek yogurt and some honey. So good. Sooooo good. It’s a good breakfast.