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Whats in your smoothie

I usually drink a smoothie every morning for breakfast. It’s an easy way to get a lot of green into my diet. Every now and then I tweet a picture of my generally green smoothie and always get asked what is inside the smoothie.

I usually make a smoothie out of whatever fruit we have in the house. That said, when I do my weekly grocery shopping, I get purchase fruit with smoothie making in mind.

I don’t add protein powder or milk or juice. This has been my most recent brilliant find, that really adds to the smoothie.

I usually add one container of that, one banana (which makes the smoothie a really good consistency), and then at least a cup of spinach (which was scary in the beginning because it makes it pretty green, but it literally has no flavor), another cup of kale (which took me forever to find but another green additive with tons of good stuff in it, and no flavor), and then either throw in strawberries, peaches, pineapple, oranges, cuties, I’ve even done apple before, which was a little weird, but it still worked. If they are on sale I’ll get blueberries or raspberries as well. Blueberries get all over the teeth though, so be aware if you do a blueberry smoothie. The other day I even put in a half of a grapefruit and it was great!

I don’t add it all, but I add about 6 strawberries and then a cup of pineapple. Or three cuties and a peach. If I have blueberries on hand, I also will add 1/2 cup of them. Usually as long as I add enough of one ‘flavorful’ fruit, you can’t taste the kale or spinach at all.

I’ve tried the peanut butter ones, and to me, I’m just not a fan. Those ones always seem to double the calories as well, which isn’t as fun to log  in my app and I hate having that many ’empty’ calories for breakfast. I just don’t like peanut butter enough to put it in a smoothie I think.

So basically, every single one of my smoothies tastes differently, but I do make sure to keep the spinach and kale levels high. I always test them while they are still in the blender to see if I need to add more fruit and then I’ll put more in before pouring it out.

I use whatever fruit we have on hand and it always seems to taste totally fine. I don’t add milk or juices because of either the calorie count or sodium. I also add ice at the end after all the fruit is blended to help with the consistency. So even though my smoothies are always different, they are always good and really get me off on the right foot with eating healthy first thing. It’s easy to ‘blow’ your day in the beginning and then continue the downward spiral throughout the day since you’ve already ‘blown’ it.

So that’s what I am putting in my smoothies. Whatever is on hand! When I go grocery shopping I just pick up whatever is on sale and then keep it in the fridge all week to add it into the smoothie. The coconut yogurt has been a great find as well and helps with the consistency and it’s not that expensive either! Total gem.

This weekend I’m working the LA Marathon expo in the rain. Wha-whaaaaa but I do get to have Sunday off and tonight B and I are going on a date night. I have been looking forward to it all week long!


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  • Reply Jodi

    Do you cut up the fruit or cut off the skin or anything, or can you just dump it in? I guess it would depend if you have a blender or juicer ?

    March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Rebekah

    I’ve just started making smoothies too, and am still experimenting. I’ve been using almond or coconut milk rather than yogurt, but I have a feeling yogurt helps the consistency.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Holley

    Have you tired using almond milk? I love buying the unsweetened vanilla flavored one…I think there are only 40 calories in a cup? It’s a good substitute when I run out of yogurt!

    March 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    I am addicted to making smoothies rigt now!

    March 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever

    Isn’t it crazy how you can put all that spinach in and not taste it? Love green smoothies.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Hmmm, I LOVE smoothies!!! :)

    March 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Freezing the fruit for your smoothies eliminates the need for ice so it doesn’t get watered down. I’ve found that bananas work best. I cut up my bananas in 1 inch chunks, put them on a cookie sheet, freeze them, and then transfer them to a zip lock bag for storage in the freezer.

    March 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm
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    March 21, 2012 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Lynne

    How funny that I should choose today to catch up on my blog reading and see this. Just this past Thursday, my husband and I ventured into the world of green smoothies. Ours had broccoli, kale, spinach, orange juice, honey, plain yogurt, and ice. I have to say it wasn’t much in the looks department, but it tasted pretty good, and I have no doubt it was good for us. Now that we have finally taken the plunge, we will be making more.

    March 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Healthnut Nutrition

    Your smoothie looks amazing! I love adding greens to my smoothies, I did a blogpost on one of my recipes if your interested:)

    February 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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