Banana-Almond Smoothie

So this smoothie really isn’t much to look at, but its humble looks are deceiving. This is a speedy, satisfying, and healthy drink that is perfect for a weekday morning breakfast, snack, or post workout treat. Just 3 or 4 ingredients, a quick whirl in the blender, and bam, done. You could totally customize this to your liking- swap in peanut butter for the almond butter, use coconut milk (or other milk of your choosing) for the almond milk, add a handful of spinach, add a dash of cinnamon, the possibilities are endless!

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Banana-Almond Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 banana, broken into 3-4 chunks, frozen
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Source: Bon Appetit

Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend, and a smooth start to the week! I went to Washington, D.D. over the weekend to visit my brother and his fiancee, and it was such a wonderful trip. I’ll be posting about it sometime this week! I was not ready to come back to Connecticut at all… if only I didn’t have to work…sigh… How amazing would it be to perpetually be on vacation (whether travelling or just hanging out at home)- I don’t think I’d ever tire of it (as long as I had money to do fun things and eat delicious food that is). I guess that’ll have to wait until retirement, or I suddenly become a millionaire.

So I wanted to give you a quick and delicious recipe to start the week off right. This is a super tasty and healthy smoothie that is such a satisfying snack! It would also make a wonderful breakfast, or even dessert… I think it’s delicious enough to drink anytime of day. This smoothie is thick, creamy, and seems much more decadent than it actually is, and it’s something you can feel good about indulging in.

Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie

Strawberry-Coconut Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

1 banana

2 Tbsp light coconut milk

1 tsp lemon juice

3/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Source: Whole Living, January/February 2013

Antioxidant Smoothie

When I was doing the Whole Living 2013 Action Plan, one of the things I loved about it were the smoothies that you start your mornings with the first week of the plan. They really made me feel like I was starting the day on the right foot, fueling my body with good things from the get-go. I feel like they are something I need to incorporate back into my daily life… not necessarily as a breakfast, but either a breakfast or snack during the day. Since I’m not a huge fruit eater, these smoothies were such a good way to get fruit into my body. This antioxidant smoothie was one of my favorites of the cleanse, and it couldn’t be simpler. Mixed frozen berries, unsweetened pomegranate juice, and water- that’s it. They make a refreshing, healthy smoothie that contains lots of nutrients and antioxidants that will make you feel like you are doing something good for your body. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot more recipes for smoothies on here 🙂  (Also- I’d love to get a juicer soon and start experimenting with making some juice!)

Antioxidant Smoothie

Antioxidant Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup (4.5 ounces) mixed frozen berries

1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

1/2 cup water

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Easy peasy!!

Source: Whole Living