Ahhh, good ol’ Friday again. I never get sick of this feeling of the end of a good and productive work week. Time to write about one of my favorite food groups (yes, I consider them a food group): SMOOTHIES. If any of you know me very well, you would be able to attest to the fact that I have smoothies quite frequently, and in the summer, it becomes a daily routine. There are so many different recipes and blends I can make… just an entire world of concoctions.
A myriad of recipes come across my computer screen everyday, but smoothie recipes are always ones I save. If they have different purposes or different ingredients, I’m always willing to try them.
One of my favorite morning smoothies contains raspberries, almond milk, bananas… and you can even add an avocado for extra healthy fats and to thicken the consistency. I like to add blueberries too, since they’re so filled with vitamins and nutrients. If you have a morning smoothie you already make, maybe consider adding any of these ingredients to jazz it up a bit, as well! My usual morning smoothie consists of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, half a frozen banana, and some almond milk; blended up, no ice or water. Very simple and very refreshing in the morning.
One of my favorite ingredients to add to a smoothie is peanut butter; I try to only add this after I have a tough workout, so that I get a great boost of protein and that delicious taste of creamy nuttiness with banana flavors. YUM! The combination of protein powder, peanut butter, and bananas is always a favorite of mine; sometimes I add strawberries too for some sweet berry flavoring. It’s important to have protein and carbs after workouts, so that your body can recover effectively and fully, so I incorporate a banana or oats as the carbohydrate, along with peanut butter and/or protein powder as my protein source in these smoothies.
Some smoothies target certain parts of the body… some advertise flattening your stomach, some help your brain functioning… I think it all depends on the ingredients and obviously how the individual makes and drinks the smoothie. Obviously, smoothies will affect everyone differently, but, being a smoothie-fanatic, I am willing to be a sacrificial lamb if I get to try new kinds of smoothies! I recently discovered an anti-oxidant filled smoothie that I’m dying to try: Blueberry- Almond Smoothie. It even has chia seeds in it, which add even more dietary fiber and checks off a super food that many people probably don’t eat so often!
There are always more ingredients you can add to your smoothies. Quite a few people I know add milk or yogurt as their thickening agent; I use frozen bananas and almond milk. Avocados are an interesting candidate, and I have yet to try that in a smoothie… maybe this coming week! Another additional ingredient I highly recommend adding to your smoothies is some sort of “green”: spinach or kale would be my top two options. I’ve added fresh, raw spinach to my smoothies before and it adds such a glorious green color, with little to no taste at all. AND you’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients from spinach that you may avoid if you don’t like spinach salads. This Peach, Kale, and Coconut smoothie is definitely next on my list to try; with coconut water, peaches, kale, and ginger all added together, it sounds like a nutritionist’s dream!
I hope you all are on your way to the kitchen, pulling out the blender, and making your own smoothies now; or at least on your way to your local Outpost Grocery store (they make KILLER Peachy Green smoothies and Monkey Shakes). Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to hearing about any smoothie concoctions you’ve come up with! Ta ta for now! TGIF!