Sunday, February 20, 2011

Smoothies

I have wanted to get into smoothies for a long time.
They look so good and sound so healthy.  I just wasn't sure where to start.
What fruit do I use?  Do I use yogurt?  What liquid?  How much?  Do I need ice?  Do I need to sweeten it?
So many questions that I put off figuring it out for months.
I finally started experimenting to see what kind of smoothie was going to suit my fancy.  It took some trial and error, but I have found my smoothie groove.

Frozen fruit (peaches, pineapple, berries, mango, bananas)
Fresh fruit (whatever is in the fridge)
Greek Yogurt (I like FAGE Total 0%)
Spinach
Almond milk

*I take some frozen fruit (and a little fresh fruit, too, if I want), about 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, a handful of spinach, and enough almond milk to cover it all up.  Then I blend it until it's nice and smooth.  No need to use ice if you're using frozen fruit and no need to add any sweetener if you don't mind a little tartness to your smoothie.  You can't even taste the spinach, so why not?  I know that people also use fruit juice, water, or regular milk for the liquid.  I like the creaminess of almond milk and it's a lot less calories than juice or regular milk.

*What are your smoothie secrets???

4 comments:

The Domestic Sweetheart said...

Thank you for sharing! Love your blog :) I'm a new GFC follower!

RM Wilson said...

I add in roasted almonds. I put them in the blender first until they are a fine sand-like crumb, them whizz them with some almond milk and the greens first (makes for a smoother smoothie, in my opinion) then add my fruit. I love the extra protein the almonds add, keeps my tummy fuller longer!

Gogi said...

I make this almost every day. I add chia seeds to this. Magic bullet is awesome!

Sara said...

I have been keeping it very simple and all fresh: I use half a mango, an orange, and half a cup of spinach. I juice the orange and throw the diced mango and spinach, layered, in the cup of my immersion blender, then I pour the juice and the pulp (it's all getting blended anyway and it's more fiber). I never use sweeteners because since I don't dillute the fruit it's naturally sweet and tangy, like sorbet =)

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