Smoothie 101

I've totally jumped on the smoothie train this last year. I love how refreshing, healthy and filling they are!

Today I'll share the basics of my smoothies and some favorite combinations.

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The basics (that go in every smoothie):

  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1/3-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
  • Large handful, about 1/2 - 1 cup leafy greens (spinach or kale are my favs. It's important to switch up the green you use and some days I'll go without any.)

Add-in combinations:

  • Papaya, mango, pineapple (1/3 cup each)
  • Mango and pineapple (1/3 cup each)
  • Strawberry and blueberry (1/3 and 1/4 cup)
  • Strawberry and avocado (1/3 cup, half an avocado)
  • Strawberry, mango, avocado (1/3 cup each, half an avocado)
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Tips:

  • I use the Magic Bullet (the NutriBullet's older brother). It yields a single serving so these measurements are all for one smoothie. Sometimes it's too full to add my greens right away so I'll blend the fruits together and then add in the greens.
  • I've had the best results with texture when one of the fruits (usually banana) is frozen. On that note, I have had far too thick smoothies when I used all frozen add-ins. Stick to just one, plus the ice cubes.
  • Adding avocado yields the creamiest consistency, so much that I needed a spoon to eat it! And I loved that.
  • Occassionally I'll throw in a heaping tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt.
  • You want the hardest ingredients to be on the top (farthest away from the blade). So for the Magic Bullet this means putting the frozen banana and ice in first and then the rest of the produce, followed lastly by the milk.

What are your favorite ingredients to add in a smoothie?