A Smoothie a Day

By Stephenie Cox –

I am a big fan of smoothies for breakfast and snacks. I have even gone as far as to do a smoothie cleanse, mostly because I still can’t commit to juicing and felt I needed a reset. It is the best way to get the most nutrition in one glass. Smoothies can be the best energy lift and often replaces the need for a sweet treat or caffeine boost in the afternoon when our bodies are craving protein and carbs. I may get made fun of with my green goop sometimes, but I cannot rave enough about how these delicious little smoothies set my day off right. I have been asked how I make smoothies, and when I go into, “Add a little of this and a little of that,” I am countered with, “No, a real recipe, not pie in the sky throw it all in the blender.”

Let’s take a moment to talk blenders. I love the magic bullet because it is an all-in-one compact cup that you take with you. But, it can only blend so much. I am alright with that, but I recommend a high performance blender. I confess I got sticker shock when I started shopping for one. Do they really have to be so expensive?

It took me a year to commit to buying a Vitamix. In the end, a high performance blender offers you more options for your smoothies, as well as other things like salad dressings, soups, nut butters, etc. It makes a difference when you are adding veggies and oats to your smoothies creating a perfectly smooth smoothie. 

My kids will drink just about everything because they don’t know it’s in there. Well, the green color gives it away, but maybe a blindfold for the first sip would help the picky ones.

Here are a few of my favorites, but remember that making it your own is the key to loving smoothies. Play with the recipes to perfect them to your taste.

For smoothies, place all ingredients in blender, and blend on low for 30 seconds. Move slowly to high until mixture is completely smooth. Enjoy!