Who doesn’t love a smoothie? They are quick, tasty, nutritious, and now that I am on a health and wellness mission, they are a snap to make for breakfast. The one thing about smoothies are they are a very personal thing, everyone has their favorite.
A smoothie serves me well in the morning because it’s portable, I can take in the car with me. I’m always on the go. It doesn’t matter if I have a meeting, playing tennis, going to yoga, etc. I can drink it on the way and be happy for the duration. I have my favorites, who doesn’t? Right now it’s a carrot, ginger and green apple smoothie with cinnamon sprinkled on the top. With the addition of vanilla protein powder and it tastes like like a zingy creamsicle.
What are the rules of smoothie making?
- The first is good blender. Everyone has a favorite, mine is the Wolf Gourmet Blender. I’m not saying that because they sent it to me. It rocks. Period.
- Second you must read the directions. Trust me on this. I know – it’s a drag but it saves you so much time and energy to know the machine and how to use it.
- Third you must use enough liquid. I found that even the best blender left chunks of ice, fruit, greens, etc., if there was too little liquid. Then again, you don’t want too much, you end up with a watered down version. Most good recipes recommend at least one cup of liquid. I say start with that and add more or less to your liking.
Now for the ingredients, that is entirely up to you. I tend to experiment and then come up with a combination that serves me well. Like My Favorite Smoothie (CLICK HERE for the recipe), I experimented with different greens and found that I could use whatever I have in the fridge. The fruit is not that forgiving, it has to be the combination of pear, banana and avocado. You will settle on the the things you like.
The trick is to have the ingredients on hand. If I’m organized it’s easy, I freeze packets for each recipe. Even if you don’t have the smoothie ingredients frozen in a packet, it’s wonderful to have bags of fruit like raspberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries, etc. to pull out of the freezer.
For the liquid, use whatever you works for you: water, juice, milk, nut milks, coconut water, etc. I always reach for water or unsweetened almond milk. Please make sure the proportion is correct for the Smoothie (see Rule #3). No one like chunks floating around.
Protein powders are up to you. I always have a vanilla protein powder on hand. It adds a boost when I’m off to exercise, plus it mixes well with frozen berries when you’re short on time.
I’ve given a few recipes that work for me. Use them as a guide and find what proportions are best suited to your tastes. Now that we are entering the New Year my resolutions are simple. I’m focusing on wellness and eating right. Having breakfast daily is in that program and smoothies are my ticket for that.
What are your favorites? I look forward to seeing them in the comment section!
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- 5 Medium Carrots (about 1/2 lb.), washed, peeled, trimmed and sliced
- 1 Tablespoon of Ginger, Peeled and chopped
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, washed, cored and chopped
- 1 Cup of Ice
- 1 - 1 1/2 Cup of Water, Milk, Nut Milk or Coconut Milk
- 1-2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
- Cinnamon to sprinkle on each smoothie
- Place all ingredients except for the cinnamon in a blender.
- Blend according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass(es) and sprinkle with cinnamon.
I like to chop and prep the carrots, ginger and apple then freeze them in a ziploc bag. Just pull it form the freezer, break up the lumps as best as you can and toss into the blender with the remaining ingredients.