Both Emily and I love easy smoothies for breakfast, lunch or snacks! The emphasis is on EASY. I’ve come to realize that healthy snack options need to be easy – otherwise I’ll probably grab something else – cheese, candy, chocolate. But if I can grab an easy delicious drink instead – and get my daily intake of fruits and veggies at the same time – then it’s a win-win!
I also don’t like to add dairy or fruit juice to smoothies. If I’m going out of my way to create a healthy drink, I don’t need to extra sugar or dairy. Water is a perfect liquid for smoothies – and it cuts down on the ingredient list.
Let’s talk appliances. Both Emily and I like to use the Magic Bullet because it’s so easy to make single smoothies. But, this “recipe” can also be used in a regular blender or VitaMix. I also love blending the ingredients with an immersion blender. (Even though that smaller blender doesn’t work so well on the frozen fruit.) Have fun experimenting!
Here’s the simple formula:
- Add ½ cup -1 cup water first. If your smoothie at any time doesn’t blend well, add more water. That’s the key to an easy-to-blend smoothie!
- Add your greens and apple/banana.
- If using a magic bullet, blend until smooth at this point. Otherwise, only blend once at the end.
- Add frozen fruit.
- Blend until smooth. (You might need to add more water at this point.)
- Drink and enjoy!
Now let’s talk ingredients:
Greens – I like to use spinach, kale or Romaine lettuce. Just add about 2 handfuls (or 1 cup) per serving.
Here’s an awesome tip: put your bag of pre-washed spinach or kale in the freezer! It will keep the greens fresh and you avoid wilt-y veggies ;-).
Apple/Banana – I like to add either one apple or one banana per serving. Just cut it up in large pieces and add to the blender. You can also freeze your bananas (minus the peel)!
Frozen Fruit – I love adding all kinds of frozen fruit – mixed berries, tropical blends, frozen mango, strawberries, mixed fruit – just add ½ – ¾ cup per serving.
Alternatives – This is where you can have fun! Here are fun ingredients to play around with: yogurt, carrots, cucumber, fresh berries, fresh parsley or basil, wheat germ or flax seed, pear instead of apple – go to town! I like to keep it simple, the the options are endless!