I finally got my bum in gear and put together this post on smoothies. Smoothies have become a staple in my morning ever since I started running and wanted a quick way to get some good nutrients into my body. Now, I am completely hooked.
I feel the need to warn you that these recipes are nothing revolutionary and I am not going to be telling you that the secret to making an amazing smoothie is by adding flecks of leprechaun beard or just a smiiiiiidgen of children’s dreams. This is going to be very straight forward.
I should also add that these recipes were taken from one of my girlfriends (thank you Kristen!) and tweaked ever so slightly to fit my needs.
- A dead mans toe
JUST kidding :)
- A blender
- Coconut water (plain)
- Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
- Frozen Mango Chunks
- Uno Banana..as in..one banana
- Chia Seeds
Fill your blender up to the 1 cup mark (go to 2 cups if you want to make enough for later) with coconut water and then add as much spinach as you would like. I usually give it a solid handful and a half of spinach.
My friend suggested that I blend these two things together first until the turn to liquid and I like to take my friends (reasonable) suggestions so that’s just what I do!
Next, I add all the fixins.
I couldn’t tell you the measurement for the mango chunks because I don’t have one, but I am going to guess that it is about 1/2-3/4 a cup. Then, I add two hefty scoops of the yogurt. I used to do one scoop plain Greek yogurt and one scoop vanilla yogurt until someone asked why I don’t just get vanilla Greek yogurt. After my mind recovered from being blown, I bought vanilla Greek yogurt. Then, I break the banana into pieces and throw those in, and finish it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.
I am sure you’ve peeped these around my house. I am absolutely obsessed with blue mason jars (I snagged these at Target). I use them EVERYWHERE and here is no exception.
And, last September, one of my good friends opened an amazing home decor shop in South Boston called Neatly Nested. At the opening party, she had these mason jars for wine and drilled holes into the lids to make room for straws. Those lids are really coming in handy now!
For the second smoothie, I do everything EXACTLY the same but I substitute the mango chunks for frozen whole strawberries and the spinach for kale.
Bobby and I also tried our hand at a vegetable smoothie. It had kale, tomatoes, avocado, spinach, basically an entire vegetable garden and it tasted just like it. Dirt and grass. I’ll stick to the fruit smoothies with a hint of veggie for now.