I really love smoothies.
I don't claim to be a health guru, but one thing I've never had trouble with is making a morning smoothie, probably because I look forward to it! They are cheap, they are true fast food and if you make them a certain way (not the Jamba Juice way) -- I'm assured by the internet that they are really healthy for you, so you know it must be true.
Let's get right into it: here are three smoothies ranging from easy to more difficult that I think you'll really enjoy! If you are a photographer, it's a great thing to slam before going into a long day of shooting.
This is one is fantastic on a rainy day, as it has a nutty almost Holiday like taste to it. It's very simple to throw together and makes a great to-go smoothie. Drink it right away as it doesn't sit for long before it starts to separate.
EASY: CINNAMON BANANA CHIA
2 Frozen bananas
1-2 Cups Almond Milk (depends how thick you like it)
1 Tsp Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds -- put all in blender and blend away!
If you have just a little more time, this zingy smoothie is one of my favorites. It is sweet with a citrus sour taste that will really wake you up. You can even freeze the extra and re-blend it the next morning.
SOME WORK: GRAPEFRUIT STRAWBERRY SUNRISE
*Adapted from Yummly
Fresh Squeezed Juice From ONE Grapefruit
1-2 Cups Almond / Soy / Coconut or Cow Milk (depends how thick you like it)
8-10 Frozen Strawberries
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Vanilla Yogurt (soy or coconut yogurt works too!)
One Probiotic Capsule (open encasing and pour into smoothie mix)
Add Crushed Ice As Desired -- put all in blender and blend away!
This is my all-time favorite smoothie...but like all good things it takes some prep and work. The taste is an incredible mix of creamy and fruity, and I feel really good after I drink it. This is a sweet, tropical smoothie -- you won't even believe it's green! We invested in a really good juicer a few years ago just to make this recipe, and use it all the time. An affordable juicer from places like Target or Amazon will get you by in a pinch.
TAKES TIME: GREEN MONSTER
*Adapted from The Juice Master
Juice From 4 Apples (juiced with juicer)
Juice From 1/4 of a Pineapple (juiced with juicer)
Juice From 1/4 Cup of Fresh Wheat Grass (juiced with juicer)
Juice From Handful of Fresh Spinach (juiced with juicer)
1 Tsp Spirulina - see here (can be purchased on Amazon)
1 Probiotic Capsule (open encasing and pour into smoothie mix)
1 Cup of Crushed Ice or Ice Cubes -- put all in blender and blend away!
These smoothies are even Corgi recommended, as my cooking assistant Walter will tell you. I hope you enjoy them...if you wind up making one please comment and let me know what you think!