ever since we got the vitamix, we have been making so many smoothies. they really are the perfect breakfast. and they’re a pretty easy way to cut back on unnecessary carbs and calories. our pre-smoothie breakfasts (and, okay, our weekend breakfasts, too) are so sugary or carb loaded there was no way we’d drop a pound. chocolate filled croissants, cinnamon pancakes, last night’s dinner leftovers served on top of potato hash. it’s hard to cut out food that’s so delicious – but, we’re trying. and every little bit helps.
strawberry + banana + apple smoothie:
1 1/2 c. strawberries
1/4-1/2 c. yogurt
blueberry + grape smoothie:
1 c. red grapes
1 c. strawberries
1/2 c. blueberries
1/4-1/2 c. yogurt
(the grapes make the smoothie a little more watery than normal – but this one is our fave)
avocado + spinach + banana smoothie:
1 c. spinach
(obviously, the boys weren’t too pumped about this one, but i really liked it. it totally needs that banana, though otherwise it tastes like weird avocado butter or something.)
disclaimer: we use frozen strawberries and blueberries. we don’t live in a place where they’re fresh year round, but mostly, we just like the thickness the frozen fruit gives it. and we always throw in vanilla greek yogurt to make it nice and creamy. these recipes make enough for both of us to have two mason jars full and a little extra. we drink it while we’re getting ready in the morning, and then take the rest to work/school with us!
we make different smoothies every day, but usually start with the same base of at least 1 c. strawberries and 1/4-1/2 c. yogurt. strawberry, blueberry and mango is another favorite, but have you ever heard how hard it is to get mangos in this part of the country? well, easier than finding masago, but still pretty difficult.
someone — share more smoothie recipes with me! 😉