Smoothies of Epic Proportion

Smoothies in my household are on the rage.  At in my part of the kitchen.  I have always loved smoothies, but hated how they were always loaded with so much sugar.  I attempted to make my own a while back (say 3 or 4 years at least), but they always turned out more like slushies, too sweet and still with chunks of ice cubes.  I have since figured out that added yogurt as my base instead of orange juice is the way to go, and making sure the cubes are fully blended in, make for the perfect recipe.  So here are some of my favorite mixes so far and I will continue to update as I experiment.

Chocolate Banana Blast (serves 1)
1 frozen banana
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
3-6 ice cubes
1/4 – 1/3 cup Chobani plain/vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 milk
1 tbsp flax/chia
1/4 cup oats
~ Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 3 minutes.

Morning Berry Boost (serves 1)
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt (able to sub any other fabulous flavor)
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp flax/chia
Optional: topped with coconut/granola
~ Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 3 minutes.

So after reading all about this “Green Monster Movement,” I decided to give it a try.  Well, the berries and peanut butter powder do seem to mask the taste a little bit, but I’m sorry, at the moment I just can’t seem to enjoy the taste of lettuce in the morning hours.  I’m totally fine loading up on as many greens and other types of vegetables during lunch and dinner, but breakfast to me is a sacred hour. If I don’t fill up properly, I end up snacking and noshing the rest of the day.  (Noshing – such an interesting word.  People don’t use it really anymore do they?)  I have read that added just that handful of spinach does help you fill up and ads oh so much nutrients to your day.  Hm, maybe I’ll give it another go…

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