Sometimes when I roll out of bed in the morning, it’s just nice to have a break from eating my normal oatmeal or egg whites for breakfast. When I’m in the mood and have the ingredients on hand, I like to whip up a chilly fruit smoothie for breakfast – especially during warm weather days.
So I thought I would share some of my top favorite smoothies for all to enjoy. All are sugar free and contain nutritious fruit. One suggestion with the smoothies is that it’s usually tastier to add frozen fruit versus fresh. I’ve also noted how many servings each recipes makes. Just double or triple the ingredients it if you are whipping up smoothies for family and friends.
Blueberry Smoothie: Cut 1 frozen banana (thawed for 10 to 15 minutes) into small pieces and place into the bowl of a blender. Add 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoons flax seed meal, and 1 1/2 teaspoons honey. Blend on lowest speed until smooth, about 5 seconds. Gradually add the 2/3 cup frozen blueberries while continuing to blend on low. Slowly increase the speed. Blend until smooth. Serves two. 207 calories per serving.
Blueberry, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie: Put ground 1 tablespoon flax seed meal or wheat germ into blender to grind and further breakdown. Add 1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, yogurt, and 1 cup milk into the blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves two. 251 calories per serving.
Mango Peach Smoothie: Place 1 sliced peach, 1 peeled and diced mango, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, and 1/2 cup orange juice into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves two. 107 calories per serving.
Nectarine Smoothie: Place 2 large nectarines (pitted and quartered), 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces), 1 large orange (peeled and quartered), 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 tablespoon honey into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves four. 184 calories per serving.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie: In a blender, combine 1 banana, 1/8 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup soy milk. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey for garnish. Serves one. 422 calories per serving.
Pineapple and Banana Smoothie: Place 4 ice cubes, 1/4 fresh pineapple (peeled, cored and cubed), 1 large banana (cut into chunks), and 1 cup pineapple or apple juice into the bowl of a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves one. 281 calories per serving.
Raspberry Blackberry Smoothie: Place 1 small banana, 1/2 cup blackberries, 1 cup fresh raspberries, 1 (6 ounce) container vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey, and 4 ice cubes into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves twp. 195 calories per serving.
Strawberry Smoothie: Place 7 large strawberries in a plastic container and freeze for about an hour. In a blender, combine frozen strawberries, 1 (8 ounce) container lemon yogurt and 1/3 cup orange juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves one. 281 calories per serving.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie: In a blender, combine2 small bananas (broken into chunks), 1 cup strawberries, 1 (8 ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt and 3/4 cup milk. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves two. 258 calories per serving.
Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie: Place 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 1/2 cups frozen diced watermelon, 1/4 cup cream, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a blend. Cover and blend until smooth. Serves one. 494 calories per serving.
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