Rise & Shine: It’s Smoothie Time

I’m not a recipe master, nor am I an expert on all things smoothie. But what I can tell you is “This Smoothie is de-lish!” And I wouldn’t waste my time or yours talking about it if it wasn’t.

Smoothies are Hydrating, good for you, and simple to make. Livestrong advocates these very same facts. Google will give you 1.8 million reasons why smoothies are good for you as well. And the fun part is you can always vary the ingredients based on your needs.

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8 Ingredients, 5 quick Steps. 5 minutes to yum


A Few Things You’ll Need To Make This Fruit Smoothie:

  • 3/4 cup of your choice of milk (or the like) or water (just depends on your preference, milk makes it creamier)
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Whole Banana, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1 1/4 cup of strawberry’s, diced
  • 1/2 of Blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar (or your choice of sweetener)[optional]
  • Ice Cubes (as much or as little ice as you desire – this just effects the thickness of the smoothie)

Makes approx. 40 oz.

I don’t always add milk or water, depends how thick I want the smoothie to be. But I encourage you to experiment with it, that’s what I do. In fact, I’ve made this smoothie a million times, a million different ways, and I’ve never measured anything until I decided to write this post and I always love the way it comes out.

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I filled two 16 oz. cups and had a little leftover.

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And if I know I won’t be drinking it all that morning, or if I make 2 blenders full, I have a pitcher to save the rest in.


Directions:

  1. Add Milk (or water), Yogurt, Ice, and sliced banana pieces into blender. Blend until the ice is crushed and the mix is well blended.
  2. Add Honey, Strawberries, and blueberries. Blend again until your sure all the ice is well crushed and ingredients are well mixed and liquid.
  3. You can add more ice now if it’s not to a thickness of your liking.
  4. Add Sugar [optional]. Blend until liquid.
  5. Enjoy!

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Trick: If it’s still not thick enough for you, try frozen fruits (with no sugar added) or freeze your sliced fruits one hour before you make your smoothie


How Do You Know If Your Smoothie Is Healthy?

  • Look for a nutritionally balanced smoothie with non-fat or low-fat milk and whole fruit for fiber.
  • If you’re buying a smoothie, ask whether the vendor uses real fruit or fruit flavorings. Stick with fruit and avoid fruit juice or artificial fruit concentrate. Fruit juice without fiber will cause a spike in your blood sugar, so if you’re a diabetic, you need to be especially aware of that. Low-fiber foods can also mean you’ll be hungry again soon, warns Dr. Patchett.
  • Frozen fruit is fine, and in fact makes smoothies frothier and thicker. But use plain, no-sugar-added frozen fruit to save calories.
  • Opt for fat-free dairy products to get calcium, vitamin D and protein without the fat.
  • Decide whether you really need the add-ons that some commercial shops put into their smoothies. For example, you might be offered a concoction with caffeine, protein powder or an anti-oxidant cocktail.

Have some of your own you’d like to share? Leave me a comment 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Rise & Shine: It’s Smoothie Time

  1. This sounds awesome with the honey in it… yum. Thanks for sharing! And I agree with Nikki, I try to freeze my fruits or veggies so I can avoid using ice, the consistency is usually better! 🙂

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  2. Yum!! I love smoothies and try to drink one every other day or so. I’ve never thought to add Greek yogurt and honey, but that sounds delicious! I also like to throw some spinach in mine. I swear you can’t even taste it, and it’s a great way to get more greens/folic acid into your diet. I struggle to get enough from my regular meals.

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