3 Classic Smoothie Recipes
Even though Jamba Juice sashayed onto the scene back in 1990, their 769 locations should tell you that smoothies have become so much more than a fad. From all-raw juicing to decadent milkshake-like concoctions, smoothies are certainly a top seller across the United States and around the world. Whether you’re going for health, convenience, or flavor, here are 3 great concoctions to whip up in your blender, VitaMix, or Magic Bullet.
1) Strawberry – Banana: This is the mother of all smoothies, the matriarch of the blended drink family, the match made in heaven. This flavor combination is why people started making smoothies, and it’s incredibly easy to concoct. I give you two different options below.
Option 1: This is the easiest option, but it’s a got artificial flavoring and it is high in sugar due to the flavored yogurt. It’s still delicious: 1 container (single-serve) of Strawberry yogurt, 1 medium banana (sliced), 3 ice cubes, and ¼ cup liquid of choice (milk, water, etc.) Pour in blender and blend until smooth!
Option 2: If you want to make it healthier, you can use all-natural ingredients, and zero added sugar. There’s a lot of natural sugar in bananas and strawberries, so you don’t really need more! You need: 5 fresh strawberries (stems removed and sliced in half), 1 medium banana (sliced), ¼ cup Greek or plain yogurt, 3 ice cubes, and ¼ cup liquid of choice (coconut water is a very nutritious addition). Add more liquid if needed to get desired consistency.
2) Peanut Butter Banana: If you haven’t tried this combination, prepare to be blown away. It’s like eating ice cream for breakfast. You simply need 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 medium banana, 3 ice cubes, and ¼ cup milk or liquid of choice. I like to nuke the peanut butter for about 10 seconds to soften it, since I keep mine in the fridge, but it should blend pretty well if you skip this step. If you prefer it a little sweeter, you should add a teaspoon or two of honey, but whisk it into the peanut butter first, otherwise the ice might prevent it from blending thoroughly. Some people like this with almonds, oatmeal, or flax seed to boost the volume and nutritional content, but it’s totally up to you!
3) Piña Colada: You can make all-natural, alcohol-free Piña coladas that are nutritious enough for breakfast, but decadent enough for desert. It’s pretty easy, but it pays to purchase high-quality ingredients for this one. You need: pineapple juice with no sugar added, ¼ cup fresh coconut milk or cream (not the milk substitute, you need the canned Thai coconut milk), juice of ½ a lime, and about 4 ice cubes. If you want to reduce the saturated fat, you can substitute half of the coconut milk with Greek or plain yogurt.
First, you want to freeze the coconut milk in order to give it a thicker consistency when blended. Also, it is a good idea to blend the ice and pineapple juice together first, just enough to crush most of the ice. Add the frozen coconut milk to the other ingredients, and blend away. Find a lovely chunk of pineapple and a pink umbrella and enjoy.
I also love the following blends, but you can really make a smoothie out of anything!
- Orange Creamsicle (use vanilla yogurt, frozen)
- Blueberry Banana
What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Do you prefer a sour-citrus kick instead of the smooth decadence listed above?