The Everything Smoothie

We make smoothies for breakfast at least a couple of times every week.  I used to search for recipes for them, and finally I just made enough that I figured out that no real recipe is required.  We just throw everything but the kitchen sink in basically.  Well, almost.

Everything-Smoothie

I add all the ingredients to my blender.  We have a base that we start with:

  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • About a cup of yogurt (usually we use plain or vanilla, but all the fruit flavored yogurts are delicious too.  If we have Yoplait on hand I just use one small container of it.)
  • About a cup of liquid (skim milk or fruit juice)

Then we add in EVERYTHING.  I usually choose at least 4 or 5 things from this list.  Often 6 or 7 things if we have them.  We’ve used:

  • peaches (fresh or frozen)
  • berries (all kinds, fresh or frozen)
  • bananas
  • spinach and other greens
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • flax seed (1 or 2 Tbsp.)
  • oranges or tangerines (peeled first)
  • kiwi
  • apples
  • pears

Everything-Smoothie

This one was made with a skim milk, ice cube, and vanilla yogurt base.  Then we added blueberries, oranges, carrots, apples, spinach, banana, and flax seed.  I put everything in and then blend it up for a few minutes.

Everything-Smoothie-(5)

We’ve tried tons and tons of combinations.  I always put in at least some fruit and some vegetables because then my kids feel like they’re eating a fruit smoothie, but are still getting some veggies too.  We never measure and we never write down a recipe because it just seems that all the flavor combinations seem to work.  Sometimes we have to add a little bit of sweetener (sugar or Stevia or whatever you use), but often the fruit itself provides plenty of sweet.  When I go light on fruit and heavy on vegetables I’ve noticed it sometimes needs a spoonful of sugar.  {A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?}

By the way, my blender is a Ninja, which I love, because it grinds everything so finely that my kids can’t even identify the spinach and broccoli I’m putting in their breakfast smoothie.  The Ninjas have blades going all the way up instead of just at the bottom, so it doesn’t matter what order I add my ingredients.   One blender full makes breakfast for my whole family of six.  If they’re still hungry they can have a piece of whole wheat toast to go with it.  They’re really pretty satisfying all on their own though.

They’re also great for when you’re dying for a milkshake, but know you should go for a healthier alternative.  If I’ve got a sweet tooth, they always hit the spot.

What do you put in your smoothies?

 

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