My Favorite Smoothie Recipe
I don't know if you're like me, but I could eat a smoothie every day! It's my favorite way to pack in so many of the amazing foods that I want to eat on a daily basis, without having a take hours to prepare them. Smoothies are also super quick and easy: put everything in the blender, turn it on, and there it is! A delicious, healthy meal in minutes. Literally!
The Smoothie Search
Not all smoothies are delicious though, or even healthy for that matter. My husband and I recently took a long road trip in which we greatly missed our daily breakfast smoothie. We started stopping every day at a smoothie shop to see what we could find. Of course, we avoided chains when we could, and tried to stick with super healthy. We were amazed at how hard it was to find a smoothie that tasted as good as the one we make at home every day! We were also shocked by the exorbitant prices for even just a small sixteen ounce cup (that's small to us… we like thirty-two ounce smoothies!!). It was easier to find a smoothie chain shop with more affordable prices and better taste. But generally speaking, they don't have as many healthy options.
What’s in It?
When I am buying a smoothie, I always look at the ingredients first to make sure there is no added sugar. This gets complicated when there is a protein powder or other mix listed in the ingredients. You usually have no way of knowing what the sweetener in that powder is, unless you ask the person behind the counter if you can read the label! I also am very particular about the other ingredients in any pre-made powders or mixes.
Another thing I look at when I'm choosing my smoothie is the ratio of fruit to vegetables. I like to know there are some greens (lots of greens!) as well as some avocado or carrot or other type of vegetable. I avoid too much fruit, especially higher glycemic fruits like bananas and opt for berries whenever possible. Obviously this will differ person to person, depending on the individual's dietary needs. The point is, you want a nutrient-dense powerhouse breakfast; not a sugar-packed dessert!
Often times, I will ask for sending almond butter to be added. But then again, you don't know what's in that almond butter. Probably some sugar!
Make Your Own!
We found on our road trip, that even the very best smoothie we found was still not quite as yummy as our own! Plus, it cost a whole lot more, and didn't have all the great ingredients we like to add.
So the quickest, least expensive, and tastiest smoothie I have found so far is the one I make in my own kitchen! Here's the recipe. It gets tweaked regularly, depending on what specific dietary needs and preferences we have at any given time. But the basic recipe stays the same. It is super easy to add or subtract ingredients to suit your own tastes!
This recipe makes about a quart of smoothie. If you don't eat that much and don't have anyone to share it with, it's very easy to halve the recipe!!
My Favorite Smoothie
1 large handful greens (kale, spinach, arugula, or a blend - I keep these in my freezer at all times)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use a plant-based formula that is sweetened with stevia)
3 tablespoons hemp hearts
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
½ of an avocado (medium)
½ cup plain, whole-milk yogurt
1 ½ cups whole milk (almond or coconut milk can easily be substituted)
1 cup frozen mixed berries
Blend all ingredients except berries on high until smooth. Add berries and blend again until smooth. Enjoy!