Smoothie Ideas

I drink a smoothie for breakfast nearly every morning. They are not only healthy, but easy to sip on while I’m doing my hair or makeup or otherwise prepping for the day in a non-frantic-but-militantly-timed sort of way. Below are some of my favorite combinations.

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A few tips:

  • My general equation is: banana or oats (to thicken) + milk/water of your choosing + greens + frozen fruit + “extra” (nut butter, spices)
  • I use unsweetened vanilla or unflavored almond milk. Nut milks can have all sorts of preservatives, sweeteners, gums, and flavorings added, so keep an eye on the ingredient labels. My favorite brands are Whole Foods 365 and Califia Farms.
  • Nut butters can also be full of unnecessary stuff like sugar, preservatives, and the like. You want your ingredients on these to be pretty short– the nut, some salt, and that should really be it. Trader Joe’s makes a great raw almond butter, and for peanut butter I go with Teddie or Trader Joe’s brand.
  • In terms of greens, spinach has virtually no taste and therefore goes in most of my smoothies. Kale has a stronger taste and I usually only pair it with strong/sweet fruits like pineapple or strawberry to tone down the earthiness
  • With the exception of bananas, I generally use all frozen fruit in my smoothies so that they are cold (nothing’s worse than a lukewarm smoothie) without needing to add ice.

Peach-Ginger
1 banana
Handful of spinach
¼ cup fresh or frozen peaches
¼ cup fresh or frozen mango
A dash of ginger powder OR some fresh pressed ginger juice
Almond milk

Tropical
Handful of spinach
¼ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
¼ of a fresh orange
Almond milk

Lemon Blueberry (derived from b.good’s Lucy Blue smoothie)
1 banana
1 date, pitted
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
¼  lemon
1 tablespoon almond butter
dash of cinnamon
Almond milk

PBJ
1 banana
Handful of spinach
½ cup fresh or frozen berries (any combination of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Almond milk

Kale
1 banana
Handful of kale
¼ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon almond butter
Almond milk

Percy (recipe from Jugos, Boston)
1 banana
Handful spinach
¼ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
¼ cup fresh or frozen mango
2 figs
Almond milk

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