I cannot count how many smoothies we’ve made over the years, but I can safely say it’s in the thousands. My husband and I made them almost daily when we were first married and haven’t stopped since. The early days of smoothie making always began with some frozen fruit and some type of liquid (usually rice or soy milk), but always had some mystery ingredient such as cinnamon or chili pepper and a few times tamarind. We got pretty creative. We even had dreams of pre-packaging smoothie “pouches” and marketing them. Almost 18 years later, from the looks of the freezer aisle and smoothie delivery companies, we were on to something. Oh well…
Fast forward 18 years and 3 kids later we are still making smoothies – literally every single day for 18 years, there is some sort of smoothie made in our home for breakfast, lunch, snack or accompanying a frittata for a quick and easy dinner. To say that our trusty and pricey Vita-Mix we’ve owned for almost 15 years was a good investment, in an understatement. Our only upgrade was one that we were gifted a few years ago and has multiple speeds which is pretty necessary if you use it for soups and sauces – high and low just doesn’t cut it for these tasks! Our Vita-Mix is an essential tool in our kitchen.
The funny part is for all these years not one person in our family has measured out ingredients. We can all successfully eyeball the ingredients and make enough smoothie for anyone in the house – either 2 tall glasses enough for a meal or 4-5 small snack glasses. In our house, there’s no such thing as making a smoothie for one…
Berry Banana Smoothie
This beautiful purple smoothie is both satisfying and packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals. Blueberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and the spinach gives the smoothie a boost of nutrition with vitamin C, folate, and iron. Bananas give a healthy dose of potassium as well as fiber. And a little Greek yogurt for protein makes this a perfect way to start the day or midday snack.
- ½ cup almond milk
- ¼ cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
- 1 handful spinach
- ½ tsp honey
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
- 2 ice cubes
Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.