Ingredients for a Perfect Smoothie
I have been on a smoothie kick for about…let me think…3 years. This is incredibly surprising, because I usually get burned out on foods fairly quick…probably because when I find a food I like, I eat it 23 times a week until I never want to see it on my plate again. I do the same thing with good music. I should probably take this time to apologize to my parents for making them listen to Mariah Carey’s song, Dreamlover, for most of 1994. Fortunately, my intense love for smoothies (and Mariah Carey) has remained over the years and this cold beverage is my go-to breakfast at least 5 days a week.
I make different flavored smoothies all the time, but there is one thing I always try to incorporate into my smoothie; a frozen banana. Now, this is also surprising because I don’t care for bananas (it is a texture thing) unless they’re dipped in chocolate and/or covered in peanut butter. However, a frozen banana makes all the difference in the world to me when it comes to smoothies. It makes my smoothy extra creamy, almost like a milkshake…okay….so the term ‘milkshake’ might be stretching it, but you catch my drift.
The next thing I must have on hand is vanilla almond milk. I don’t care for milk (unless we’re talking ice cream or milkshakes, then that’s a horse of a different color), but I absolutely love vanilla almond milk. It makes my smoothies so much more flavorful and sweet.
I made a strawberry and banana smoothie this morning & I threw the following ingredients into my blender:
- Vanilla Almond Milk
- Vanilla Flavored Greek Yogurt
- Dash of Honey
- Slow Cooking Oats (←really helps keep me full)
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Handfull Frozen Strawberries
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Another fun smoothie fact: If you use protein, you shouldn’t put your protein into the blender until all other ingredients have been well mixed. You only want to lightly pulse or stir your protein into your smoothie. You risk losing some of the nutrients when you break the protein too far down.
I should probably note that there are other foods I never tire of and they are as follows:
- Ice cream
My love for baked goods runs deep.