Smoothies have become my go-to afternoon snack for packing in a ton of added nutrients and supplements the last few months! Smoothies have always been one of those almost-daily splurges for me… NYC had so many great smoothie places and it was such a nice treat post-workout. Or if I needed a snack or a little afternoon pick-me-up, I’d always opt for a smoothie because well, they’re healthy! Joyful Almond, add spinach, no agave at Juice Generation is my JAM. But that $9.74 (how I still remember that is embarrassing… ) adds up when you’re going multiple times a week. Real Good Juice and Hi-Vibe are two of my favorites in Chicago, but when RGJ was becoming part of my daily routine, I realized that $11/day would be better put towards a good blender and making my smoothies at home. I invested in a Blendtec and can’t believe I waited so long. I was between a Blendtec and a Vitamix and I don’t think you can go wrong with either, to be honest. But I chose the Blendtec because the blades aren’t sharp (I’m accident prone) and the jars are dishwasher safe. The second point is kind of moot because I use it every morning for my coffee and again in the afternoon for a smoothie so I actually end up hand-washing it twice a day.
I DIY my daily smoothie at Real Good (I hate bananas and practically every smoothie on the menu has banana as an ingredient) and it took me longer than I thought it would to get the measurements and consistency right. Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, almond butter, almond milk, camu camu, and plant protein… Harder than it seems, trust.
I like thin smoothies so I use a lot of liquid, fyi. Use less and work your way up to see what’s best for your taste and texture preferences! I use about 10-12 ounces of liquid and split it between almond milk and water, but you could try it with all water or all almond milk, especially if you need more calcium.
8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 cup Kale or Spinach (packed densely, ~the size of a baseball)
1 cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
1 tbsp Almond Butter (use a cookie scoop to make it easy!)
1 tsp Camu Camu Powder
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (unflavored)
A few tips… I run my blender’s smoothie setting twice for a total of 120 seconds of blending to get a super smooth consistency. If the kale is too strong for your smoothie taste, try spinach instead!
Frozen Pre-Measured Smoothies
I wanted to switch it up for more of a variety a few weeks ago and gave Daily Harvest a try… I’m obsessed! Totally hooked. It couldn’t be easier to make them… You pull a cup out of the freezer, fill it with liquid (suggested liquid is on the container… almond milk, coconut water, etc), dump it into your blender, and hit blend! You get all of the nutrition info and ingredients before you order, and you only have to order what you like. (And for any other banana haters out there, they have *tons* of options for us!) They end up coming out to $6.99-$7.99 a smoothie, which is a heck of a lot less than you pay at a smoothie shop. (Or at least any of them in NYC and Chicago!)
Like I said, I add a little bit of extra liquid because I like mine thin, and also because I always add a ton of different supplements to mine for health and wellness benefits. Collagen, Chlorella, Mucuna Pruriens, Moringa, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Reishi, Camu Camu, Maca, etc. I’m doing a whole post about these and more in a few weeks!
A few more smoothie recipes I love…
Let the blending begin!
What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes? Would love to try them out and add more to my list!