So I've been forcing myself to make healthy smoothies every morning again (I fell off the smoothie wagon a couple years ago). I think homemade smoothies are fast, filling, much healthier than their store-bought counterparts, & so versatile. Plus I can control the amount of sugar & such that goes in it. Here's a favorite concoction that I adapted from this recipe my sister-in-law Tamara sent my way --thanks T! (Added bonus that there's an Iowa connection, ha.)
SIDENOTE: I found early on (month 1) thru some trial & error that Quinn has a lactose sensitivity, so I've been on a dairy-free diet ever since. My smoothie version consists of coconut milk yogurt (love the SO brand) & rice milk, but they can easily be swapped out for dairy products of your liking.
Ingredients1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup milk
1 spoonful smooth peanut butter (preferably with no hydrogenated oils)
2 heaping handfuls baby spinach
1 frozen banana, sliced (tip: slice before freezing)
2-3 strawberries, sliced (frozen could be good too)
1 teaspoon flaxseed
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender & close lid.
2. Blend on 'liquefy' setting for 30 seconds or so. Stop, remove lid & scrape inside of blender to ensure every ingredient gets combined.
3. Replace lid & liquefy for additional 30 seconds (or until desired consistency). Enjoy.
P.S. I personally love spinach, but to those who are wary of the green color: you can't even taste the spinach. All you taste is healthy deliciousness wrapped in rainbows & unicorns. Promise. (I've never tasted unicorn, just saying.)
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? I'd love to hear it!