I have been making a ton of summer afternoon smoothies. My favorite go-to has been this Banana Almond recipe I found! Oh, man, it is SO good! And, at just 245 calories a serving packed with vitamin c, protein, calcium, potassium, fiber, iron, and more, it's win-win!
Last week we did peanut butter banana, tropical strawberry, and berry (using the berry frozen mix).
- Frozen Fruit (1 cup) tip: buying frozen fruit is usually cheaper than freezing your own.
- Plain Greek Yogurt (1/2 cup) tip: buy the big tub when you do your weekly grocery shopping
- Vanilla Soy Milk (1/4-1/2 cup) or Apple Juice (1 cup)
Using these "base ingredients" the possibilities are endless. I usually try to get whatever frozen fruit I can find on sale and/or that sounds good, add the yogurt, then add in the liquid starting with 1/4 cup adding a little more at a time until the blender runs smooth. Remember you can always add more but once it's in you can't take it out. I use the vanilla soy milk when I want a creamier smoothie like banana or tropical fruit, and apple when I want it to be a bit sweeter, typically with berries. This is usually enough for 2 servings and each run right around 250-300 calories. Not too bad for a sweet satisfying homemade afternoon snack full of the good stuff that tides me over until dinner. :) My only warning is that smoothies tend to run high in the sugar department, so just make sure you're watching those.