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Smoothie Mania

This week I have been on a monster smoothie kick.  I don’t know if it was the necessity of a breakfast on the run (since forming a habit of snoozing into the late morning) or the endless pictures of interesting mixes on my pinterest page… but I fell.

I have always been a little anti-smoothie.  Not in theory… I love juices and mixing fruit and yogurt together.  I just never found drinking meals enticing.  Until now…

It seems that, if you use the right ingredients, smoothies are little miracle workers, packing in a ton of nutrients.  They can mask the presence of super hero foods with secret powers.  Spinach, kale, oats, avocado… if you can blend it and you can name it, well then, you can add it to a smoothie.

Here are some concoctions I feel pretty successful about this week… so far. There will be more to come, the fun has just begun for me and smoothies.

Avocado, Berries, Banana, Spinach

Serves 1

1 cup Zico Coconut Water, Plain (any brand or flavor can work)

1/2 Avocado

1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries

1/2 Banana

1 cup (tightly packed) Spinach

  • I finely chopped my spinach in a food processor (not pureed) so that there was no chewing involved in consumption.  Totally your call.
I didn’t use any yogurt in this particular smoothie because the avocado and  banana work to make the creamy texture while the berries and spinach give it some umph.  If you like your smoothies a little thicker, bulk it up with some plain Greek yogurt.  It has way more protein than regular yogurt and you don’t need to use as much because of it’s incredibly creamy texture.

 Carrot, Mango, Orange, Banana

 Serves 1

2 Frozen Mango Halves (If you can’t find these, cut up mango into chunks and freeze.)

1/3 cup Old Fashion Oats (coarsely chopped… about 6 pulses in the food processor)

1/2 Frozen Banana (Peel the banana before freezing… I didn’t and they are IMPOSSIBLE to peel,   cut, anything.  Save yourself the heartache.)

1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 cup OJ

1/2 cup Carrot Juice (About 3 whole carrots juiced.)

1/3 cup Zico Coconut Water, plain (Again, any brand or flavor can work here.)

  • Using frozen fruit is awesome!  It acts as ice and makes your smoothie cold without the potential of getting watery on a hot day.

I wanted to keep this smoothie from being green and deathly looking… thought bright orange would be so pretty!  And, it was.  If you’re asking yourself, oats!?  I did too, but  I promise they add great texture without clumping or turning into oatmeal.  Coarsely chopping them in the food processor before adding them to the blender created the perfect consistency.  There was no straw blockage, just goodness.

So, without further ado, toss all these ingredients into the blender and wa-la… masterpiece!  If you’re like me… juggling keys, pulling on boots and barely remembering to collect your brain for the day, simply pour into a transportable mug.  As i’ve been drinking mine on the way to work I will vouch for  the duration of stop lights getting shorter.  Not possible?  Okay, maybe I just get lost is fruity heaven… whatever works!

Wherever you are when you enjoy, sip while your body smiles.

  • Quick side note/Disclaimer:  I am super lame and haven’t taken any pictures of my own yet (unacceptable).  My defense, as mentioned above:  smoothie adventures happen too early in the morning.  I wanted to post today though so you’ll have to love me despite the generic, semi-unrelated smoothie photos I found, compliments of google image search.
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