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I decided to write this post in honor of one of the world’s greatest treasures: SMOOTHIES!!!!!
I. LOVE. SMOOTHIES.
Nothing brings a smile to my face, excitement to my tastebuds, and happiness to my heart like a delicious homemade smoothie. Nothing completes a hot summer day like blending up fresh fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, healthy masterpiece.
Many of you may be thinking that my praise of smoothies is a little exaggerated. Let me tell you, IT IS NOT. I literally have a smoothie a day, at least in the summer, and I never get sick of them.
My dad used to make fruit smoothies for my friends and I every day while growing up, and as I got older and my tastes expanded, I started to get creative and make my own concoctions.
Since I’m kind of a health freak now, my favorite part of the day is sending tons of fruits, vegetables, and superfoods to the mercy of my Ninja Blender (That is my blender’s actual name) (And yes, the blender is actually mine) (Best birthday present ever).
For all you novices out there who may be inspired to start making smoothies but don’t know where to begin, here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes:
-1/2 frozen banana
-splash of vanilla extract
-topped with chia seeds
-frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
-topped with coconut chips and cacao nibs
So there are a couple recipes that I actually wrote down. As you can see, I never measure any ingredients, I just eyeball it and throw in whatever looks reasonable. The downside of this strategy is that sometimes I get too excited and put way too much stuff in the blender, ending up with a smoothie big enough for three people. And since there’s no one else around, and smoothies don’t keep for very long, I just end up devouring the whole thing myself. But is that really a downside?
If you want your smoothies to be thicker, always use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit. Frozen bananas are THE BEST for making smoothies that are thick and creamy enough to eat out of a bowl like ice cream.
An amazing perk of smoothies is that you can toss in as many greens as you want, like kale, spinach, and parsley, and you usually can’t taste them. This is an easy way to get more vegetables into your diet even if you aren’t the biggest fan of eating plants. Green smoothies are actually my favorite because they’re not too sweet and they are SO GOOD FOR YOU.
You can also incorporate “super foods” into smoothies that you otherwise wouldn’t eat. I would never eat a handful of flax seeds or maca root, but these ingredients have so many health benefits that it’s worth buying them in powdered form and spooning some into a smoothie where you can’t even taste them.
Recently, I’ve been making this smoothie every day after I workout:
-1 frozen banana
-lots of kale, spinach, and whatever other leaves are sitting in the fridge
-enough almond milk to make it blendable
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can turn your smoothie into a work of art with toppings. Some of my favorite toppings include:
Basically if you like fruit, you were born to make smoothies. If you don’t like fruit, that’s strange and I don’t trust you. As long as you stick to all natural, healthy ingredients, smoothies are so good for you and they’re fun. And there’s nothing better than healthy food that is fun.
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