Smoothies are my absolute favourite morning breakfast item. And I don’t mean the chalky tasting ones that come out of a package. I mean a good for you, awesome tasting fresh smoothie made with real ingredients.
You do not need to be a chef or even remotely talented in the kitchen to make them either. All you need is a blender and a few key indgredients. Then the possibilities will be endless as to what you can create.
First you need a blender. You do not need anything fancy nor do you need a $500 model to blend your ingredients. I have a Cusinart brand one that I paid about $75 for. I’ve been using it for 3 years and it’s still going strong!
Here is my formula for a great smoothie:
- First a banana. I find without adding a banana to my smoothies, they don’t have the same smooth consistency. It’s not a deal breaker, and I will make one without when I don’t have any on hand. It’s just my personal preference for taste and consistency.
- One Cup of Fruit. I prefer to use frozen fruit as then it makes my smoothie cold. I do not like the taste of warm smoothies – yuck! And I then do not need to add ice. I buy the large 2.75 kg no name brand bag from Loblaws/Fortinos/RCSS for about $12 and it goes a long way! My favourite is the ‘Fruit Blend’ which has peaches, pineapples, strawberries and grapes.
- 1/2 Cup of High Protein Plain Greek Yogurt. Any brand will do. I personally just look for one that is on sale! And has low or 0% fat content. Using this vs a regular low fat or fat free yogurt will make you feel full for longer and more satisfied.
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk. Or any other type of milk (cocounut, cashew, soy, regular milk), whatever your choice is. I personally like the taste of the almond milk and it combines well with the other ingredients. Plus it’s good for you too!
And then I blend it all on high for about 30 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
You can then switch around your ingredients to make all sorts of different combinations. Try mangos, berries, cantelope, melon, oranges….the list goes on for fruit options. You can also use flavoured yogurts instead of plain and try different milk products.
And if you really want to amp up your smoothie into a ‘Power’ smoothie, look at adding things like; seeds, nuts, nut butters (peanut butter is a fave for me!) or dark leafy greens. I personally am not a fan of spinach or kale in my smoothies, but many do like it. I prefer to keep my leafy greens for a salad!
Do you have a favourite smoothie ingredient? Share it in the comments below!
Amber Dinda is wife, mom of two teenagers and a serial entreprenuer. She has embraced the mid life years as an opportunity to enjoy and explore all that life has to offer and not approach mid life as a crisis. You can follow Amber’s journey and experiences by subscribing to her blog and connecting with her on Facebook or on Instagram.