Good morning friends!
Since today is my last day at home, I was really hoping that I would be able to sleep in at least past 8:30 or 9 am. Sadly, this was not the case. I gave up, and instead turned to Pinterest, which kept me entertained until my stomach began to rumble.
On the menu this morning? Chocolate protein smoothie! In the blender went:
- 1 scoop Vega chocolate protein powder
- Silk almond coconut milk
- 0% Greek yogurt
- 3/4 frozen banana
- 1 spoonful cocoa powder
I also finished off some yesterday’s leftover Peanut Butter Cup smoothie, and am now crunching on some macadamia nuts while I type up this post!
I’ve been an absolute smoothie fiend since Christmas day. Can you guess why?!
We are now proud owners of a Vitamix!!!!
I have always been a huge smoothie-lover, but this crazy machine makes them infinitely better, and more exciting!
Alright since we’re on the topic of smoothies, and since I’m clearly so, so exited about it, let’s tackle a very serious and important question: How do you make the perfect smoothie?
How To Make The Perfect Smoothie
Add fruit (preferably frozen)
I always, always, always put at least one frozen banana in a smoothie. If I don’t , I feel like something’s missing! I also like adding in frozen strawberries or blueberries for more volume and fiber, as well as taste.
I’m a huge fan of using milk (either regular or almond milk) as opposed to water or juice, since I prefer creamy smoothies over tangy (or watery) ones.
A pro to using regular cow’s milk is that you get about 8g of protein per cup, whereas you only get ~1g by using almond milk. However, cow’s milk has roughly 100 calories per 1 cup serving, whereas unsweetened almond milk only has 35-40! For me it comes down to convenience. If I have almond milk on hand, I’ll usually use it because I can’t taste the difference in a smoothie, but if I’m drinking it straight, I’d rather enjoy a glass of regular milk.
My favourite protein options are Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and protein powder.
Usually I will put in either Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, and I always put in protein powder. By doing so, not only do I get protein from both, but I also get extra creaminess from the yogurt/cottage cheese, and great taste from the powder!
Add (healthy) fat
When I want to kick up the richness of a smoothie, I tend to gravitate towards nut butters. I love adding peanut butter (duh) or cashew butter to a smoothie to make it more satisfying and taste a little more like ice cream!
I’ve also found that avocado is delicious in smoothies, so if you’re allergic to nuts (or love avocado), I highly recommend trying this fruit!
Optional: Add spinach!
I add spinach to my smoothies whenever I can, because I get a huge kick out of sneaking vegetables into dishes! Eating spinach that tastes like chocolate? Sign me up!
Yes, it tends to give a slightly (or not so slight) green hue, but if you can get past that, you’re on your way to health-guru stardom! I promise you can’t taste it at all, and if your blender is at all competent, it will grind the leaves such that they are completely undetectable.
Dang, after all that I’m now feeling like I should go make another smoothie for lunch! Well, in about 4 hours when this smoothie-rock finally digests… 🙂
Have a great rest of your Tuesday!
How do you make your smoothies? Do you have any smoothie tips?
What’s your favourite smoothie flavour?