This is a very simplified version of the smoothie that I make every morning. The great thing about this smoothie is that it's incredibly easy to add and take away ingredients to make it your own.
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Yield : 1
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. That's it!
A few years ago I invested in the Magic Bullet Blender, which has individual cups that I can take on the go. A normal kitchen blender works great, too.
Tip: When using Kale, I prefer to use only the leaves in my smoothies to keep it from getting stringy. I keep the stalk for later use in my juices.
Bananas are a great source of potassium but that's not all. Food Matters has a wonderful article on the benefits of bananas and let's face it, they taste great too!
Tip: I buy bananas at the store that are at their peak and freeze them at home. This trick will save you money and give you a nice cold smoothie. Make sure to peel before freezing. If you don't see the bananas on sale at your local store, ask a store representative and they'll gladly go get you some.
I prefer almond milk or coconut milk because they do not contain cholesterol or saturated fats, like cow's milk and therefore, are better for the heart.
On that note, enjoy the feeling of starting your day off right!
This recipe is Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8. Options to lower those points and still have a great tasting smoothie:
Leave out the honey and you'll knock 1 Point off the smoothie. The banana and almond milk will give the smoothie enough sweetness. The honey is added in the event you need it a bit sweeter.
Leave out the pear and you'll knock an additional 3 points off the smoothie.
Now you're down to a 4 Point smoothie that will still be delicious and packed with the nutrients and protein that you need to start your day off on the right foot.
Give these ingredients a try in your next smoothie:
* 1/4 or 1/2 an Avocado - Avocado tastes great and is a healthy fat, one your body needs. Did you know there are entire sites dedicated to the benefits of avocado? Check out this one.
* 1-2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter - Healthy Ambition has a great article discussing the benefits of peanut butter as well as tips on purchasing healthier peanut butter options.
* 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed - Studies have shown that ground flaxseed can help fight diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer. Check out why it's incredibly healthy for you!
* 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are a super food! They are full of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, minerals and antioxidants.
* 1 scoop Protein Powder (My favorite is vanilla) - Increase the protein in your smoothie, keeping you fuller longer and adding all sorts of vitamins and nutrients. There are many different types of protein powders on the market. Each will have an ingredients list of the various vitamins and nutrients they contain.
* All different types of fruit. If using a whole banana, use half of another fruit. Otherwise, your smoothie may end up being an extra large portion.
NOTE: Be careful that your smoothie doesn't end up consisting of all fruit. Fruit is loaded with sugar, which can be incredibly unhealthy if too much sugar is consumed.
* small handful Fresh Parsley
* small handful Fresh Cilantro
NOTE: I add these two ingredients to my smoothie every morning. They work as binding agents to bind up toxins such as heavy metals. Some studies have shown that when heavy metal toxins are removed from your system, your body will work more easily to clean out other toxins.
* 1/2 - 1 cup chopped Fresh Broccoli - It sounds different but adds nutrients without altering the taste too heavily. Eventually increasing to 1 cup will give your body approximately twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and half of vitamin A. It will also give you plenty of calcium, iron, fiber, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
Tell us your favorite smoothie combinations, tips and tricks!