Smoothies are better than juices. I’m sure a lot of people will agree on that. For one thing, you’re losing out on all the fiber and other nutrients when extracting the fruits into the juice! Plus you can’t serve your juice in a bowl topped with granola and other good things.
In any case, my recipe for a delicious smoothie serves as the baseline for which you can play around with the ingredients (all you need to keep in mind is the ratio). Firstly, there’s the layer of greens, then fruits, and other, additional flavors that you have in your pantry (cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, flavored protein powder, etc). I recently made this recipe, but it turned out more soup-like than anticipated. That’s because the frozen banana I added had become thawed as I left it out for too long. In hindsight, I should’ve added ice to the smoothie. Another way to make your smoothie thicker is by adding crunchy peanut butter or avocado for a dose of healthy fat and creaminess (you can’t taste the avocado if you only put like a quarter of it).
This smoothie is great to have at breakfast or lunch. I love to have it for lunch after I work out, so I’ll add in a scoop of protein powder for that extra boost of protein for my muscles (I use Nutra Organics Clean Protein Vanilla Powder!). You could also make it as a snack and save half for another day!
I believe that smoothies are an art form. This recipe is intended to serve as a blank canvas for anyone who wants to make a basically delicious smoothie. I hope you get inspired and add in whatever fruits or greens or flavors you’re feeling on that day. I’d love to hear what you put in your smoothies; shoot me a DM on Instagram or tag me on Twitter!
Ingredients: (Serving Size: 2 cups)
- A handful of spinach
- 1-1 1/2 cups of berries
- 1 banana
- A spoonful of peanut or almond butter
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder (could leave out if you’re not feeling it)
- A few dashes of cinnamon
- A dash of cardamom
- 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
- Ice (optional if you prefer a thicker smoothie)
- Plant-based milk or water, to thin out if necessary
- Shredded coconut
- Peanut butter (if you didn’t add to your base)
- More fruits
- Dark chocolate chunks