Recipe: My Favorite Smoothies

I absolutely love smoothies and the weather is definitely warm enough here in SoCal for plenty of them.  They’re my go to snack after a good workout; great for breakfast and dessert too.  Here are a few of my favorite variations.  The beauty of smoothies is that they can easily be altered depending on what you’ve got on hand, plus they make for great freezer pops too!

A note about my smoothies.  I like to keep all the nutrients I can, so I always leave skins on apples, etc.  I do remove peels from bananas and citrus, but whenever I use citrus, I grate and add the zest to the smoothie too.  When using oranges and other citrus, I use it whole, not just the juice, for all the fiber.  I also use all organic ingredients (in all my recipes) whenever possible and as far as the dairy and dairy alternatives go, I use whole products (no low fat or fat free in our house).

BANANA BERRY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen – if frozen, add more milk)
1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup yogurt (greek or standard)
1/4 cup milk (of your choice)
 
Note: you could use all yogurt or all milk depending on your desired thickness.
 

BANANA DATE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients
2 ripe bananas (fresh or frozen – if frozen, add more milk)
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup milk (of your choice)
 
Note: this one would be yummy with a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg too.

APPLE (OR PEAR) FIZZ SMOOTHIE

Ingredients
2 cups apple slices, frozen (pear would work great)
1 cup apple juice (or other mild juice – pear would work great)

ORANGE CREAM SMOOTHIE

Ingredients
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen – if frozen, add more milk)
1 orange, zested then peel removed
1/4 cup milk (of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract

BERRY YOGURT SMOOTHIE (pictured)

Ingredients
2 cups berries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup greek yogurt
3/4 cup soy milk
3 tbsp honey or agave syrup (more or less to taste, tart berries need a little more)
 

FRUIT ONLY (DAIRY FREE) SMOOTHIE

Ingredients
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen – if frozen, add juice)
1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
1 orange, zested then peel removed
1 apple or pear
 
GREEN SMOOTHIE (IMMUNE BOOSTER)
 
Ingredients
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen – if frozen, add juice)
1 apple or pear
1-2 cups raw spinach and/or kale (to taste)
1/2 medium lemon, zested then peel removed
1 tbsp ginger (freshly grated or ground)
1 tbsp honey
 
 
For Freezer Pops:
Blend all ingredients and pour into freezer molds or ice cube trays (with toothpicks).  Freeze for 2-3 hours or overnight.  If you use some other container besides popsicle molds, like ice cube trays, freeze for 1 hour until they just begin to set, then insert toothpicks or popsicle sticks and return to freezer for the remaining 1-2 hours.
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