Easy smoothie recipe & all about smoothies!
Hey there! How are you doing? Hungry for some good food? Well then, let’s jump right into this super easy smoothie recipe!
I eat smoothie bowls every day. Yep, EVERY DAY. That’s how much I love my smoothies! I prefer them to be thicker so I can eat them with a spoon rather than drink them. The more liquid version just doesn’t work for me so I usually stick with smoothie bowls. But, no worries, this recipe will take into account the consistency you want your smoothie to be! It’s just a matter of using different amounts of liquid.
Alright, so smoothies may look great and all but whoa, don’t you get bored of having them for breakfast every day, you might be wondering? The answer is no - obviously - because I vary the flavors and switch up the toppings a lot! That keeps my breakfast delicious but also interesting.
On one day I might use mixed berries, on another just wild blueberries, on the next just strawberries, while on other days I will mix frozen fruit with spinach, kale or other leafy greens. Sometimes I eat my smoothies with minimal toppings, somethings I use extra granola and chocolate chips, and other times I even add oatmeal to my smoothie bowl. Either way, it’s yum but also rarely repeats itself from day to day.
So, are you hooked already or what?
Apart from how mouth-watering smoothie bowls look and the joy of practically endless choice of toppings, there are, of course, health benefits to this breakfast too. Some people prefer to start their day with a savory meal while others can’t do without a sweet breakfast - you can guess which category I fall into. What about you? No matter which one you prefer, I think you’ll find the following paragraph helpful.
The thing is, my choice for eating a sweet breakfast comes from wanting to satisfy my sweet tooth in the morning so that cravings don’t come chasing after me later during the day. Fruit and ripe bananas make for great natural sweeteners! And they’re not without their nutritional benefits either. Berries, especially (wild) blueberries, are high in antioxidants; same goes for blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. But what are antioxidants? They basically protect your body from damage caused by normal processes that take place in your organism and they may even prevent the development of some diseases! Foods high in antioxidants also contain vitamins and minerals your body needs, such as vitamin A, C, E and K.
I also use fruit as toppings. Did you know that kiwis contain as much vitamin C as oranges? And that mangos are really high in vitamin A? Check out this website if you want to find out more details about specific vitamins and minerals.
Also, because smoothies are obviously blended, you can sneak in veggies and protein powder in there as well! Getting an adequate protein intake each day is a great way to control your appetite and prevent overeating. If this sounds like a topic that interests you, soon there will be an entire blog post about how to control your cravings and feel full and satisfied after a meal, so stay tuned!
As for the veggies, leafy greens such as spinach, kale or collard greens are what I use - they turn my smoothies a beautiful green color and are packed with iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate, fibre and potassium. And before you panic and are tempted to run away, don’t worry, you really can’t taste the greens in your smoothie if you blend them with a ripe banana or even some frozen fruit. The result is just sweet and delicious!
Anyway, enough of my rambling, here’s the actual recipe:
Easy smoothie recipe
- 0.5 - 1 cup plant milk or water (depending on the desired consistency)
- 0.5 - 1 cup of frozen fruit
- 0.5 - 2 banana(s)
- 0.5-1.5 cup(s) of spinach/kale
- optional: 1 scoop of protein powder
Simply blend all of the above ingredients together, adding more liquid as you go and depending on the consistency you want your smoothie to be.
These are completely optional and all up to you - although I do encourage you to use some peanut or almond butter in your smoothies since I’m a nut butter fanatic and they do contain some extra protein, so why not? My suggestions are:
- 1-2 tbsp of nut butter
- fresh fruit (kiwi, mango or more berries)
- some granola/cooked oats
- 1 tbsp of chia and/or flax seeds
So, did I manage to convince you to try eating smoothie bowls for breakfast? If so, use this recipe to make your favorite flavor combos and definitely do share your thoughts and results with me in the comments!
Also, if you’re looking for some more inspiration in terms of what fruits and veggies to use, more smoothie recipes will follow soon so look out for that!