Thursday, January 8, 2015

Great Smoothie/Shake Recipes

I recently got a new blender as you know, the Ninja is awesome.  I have a few go to recipes that I use often for shakes/smoothies and I have a couple others that I have made that are great to.  In general, you can really do anything you can think of and tolerate in a blender.  Some tips or observations I have made include:

1.  Freeze peeled bananas, they make smoothies colder & stop them from over        ripening.
2.  Almond milk to go low calorie or FF milk to add more protein.  
3.  Stay away from OJ, Honey, & anything else that adds a lot of sugar.

Here are the recipes.  The top three are my shakes I use always.  Beyond that, some I have tried and some sound like future possibilities.  Enjoy!

Basic Fruit Smoothie:

1 cup of almond or fat free milk

1 banana
1 cup of ice
1 low sugar, light yogurt or plain greek yogurt
1/3-1/2 cup of a frozen berry or berry mix, (no sugar added)

Basic Protein Shake:

1 cup of almond or fat free milk

1 cup of ice
1 scoop protein powder
1 banana
1 greek yogurt (optional)

Power Green Smoothie

2 peeled kiwi
1 peeled lime
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
2 handfuls of kale, (rip off the big stems)
few sprigs of mint
some ice

Mango Melon Smoothie

2 cups spinach
2 cups coconut water
1 ½ cups diced frozen mango
1 ½ cups diced watermelon

Strawberry Ginger Zinger

2 cups almond milk
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups strawberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon grated ginger, to taste

Coffee Almond Breakfast Smoothie

4 oz. chilled coffee
4 oz. fat free milk
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp whole almonds
2 tsp natural cocoa powder

Pineapple Mojito

2 cups kale
2 cups coconut water
3 cups pineapple
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1 lime

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