Did I tell you about the time my husband won a year’s worth of free smoothies? The first 50 customers at an opening smoothie shop was offering free smoothies (one a week for a year). He went out at 5am as kind of a joke to see if it would even work out, and ended up being #48 or something like that. Crazy, right? The sad ending of this story was that he was greatly disappointed in the quality of the smoothies and we ended up moving away anyway.
Why did I share this story? I don’t know. But…
One thing that is sure in our home is that the blender will be whipping up a smoothie every day. It’s part of the reason we had to upgrade our blender early on (that, and I kinda of made our old one die…). We love experimenting with different combinations of flavors and textures, but there are smoothies involved. Smoothies are a great way to get some nutrients in and even stay somewhat hydrated. They are also easy to customize to your own specific needs. ALSO, they taste way better than any of the ones we’ve bought from stores and they don’t cost $6/smoothie. Yikes.
This summer, I’ll be sharing some of our favorite smoothie recipes with you, starting with a classic.
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Strawberry banana was probably one of the first smoothies I ever made on my own way back when. It has remained an easy favorite.
It was kind of weird to measure out exactly what we put into this smoothie, but I think it was worth it to be able to share it with you. Honestly, eyeball the heck out of this smoothie, because it will still taste great! This is a great smoothie to start out your day with or to end it - I won’t judge.
This recipe will make enough to share with your favorite friend - or you could just enjoy it on your own, I suppose. I love adding flax/or chia seeds to my smoothies for some fiber too. It’s optional for you, however. Just know that you can’t actually taste it if you choose to add it.
By the way, we never add any ice to our smoothies, because we find that it takes away from the creaminess of them (that, and we never have ice on hand!). Instead, we use frozen fruit to achieve a similar effect. Feel free to use a few blocks of ice if you prefer, however.
Strawberry Cream Smoothie
what you need:
2 cups non-dairy milk (I use soy)
1 large banana (use a frozen banana for a thicker smoothie)
1 cup strawberries (use frozen strawberries for a thicker smoothie)
1 tsp ground flax seed (optional)
what to do:
1) Add all ingredients to a blender and process until everything is well mixed.
2) Serve immediately and enjoy!
Do you enjoy a good smoothie? What is your go-to? Let me know in the comments!