Every time I buy a smoothie from a juice shop, I am so guilty because I know I can make the exact same thing at home…if not better. $10 for a smoothie?! That has to be some sort of crime. Yet I can’t completely say I’m innocent in abstaining from buying one. Sometimes.
The thing with smoothies is that it really takes a lot to screw it up. You have like 99.5% chance of making it taste good no matter what you put in it, but I will say that there are three items I use as a general base for all of my smoothies.
- Frozen bananas. These are the textbook definition of smoothie game changer. Ripen your bananas, and when they are spotty just chop into little coins and throw into a ziplock in the freezer. These will consistently make your smoothie thicker, creamier, and sweeter without adding any actual sugar.
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk. Almond milk is my favorite, but I’ve also been loving oat milk and hemp milk. Just be sure to watch out for any added sugars.
- Frozen spinach. I love throwing frozen spinach in all of my smoothies because you can’t taste it, and health is good.
- Nut butter. When I’m not eating this from the jar with a spoon, I’m putting it in my smoothies. Adds protein, healthy fat, and it just tastes so good.
- Chia seeds. Fiber is your friend.
My blueberry pie smoothie uses my traditional smoothie base and adds a few extra things. Throw everything in the blender, and take it on the go, or enjoy in a bowl with granola (and more nut butter on top if you’re like me).
Blueberry Pie Smoothie (Vegan)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP almond butter
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
Blend it up! Top with fruit, granola, coconut yogurt, and melted almond butter. You can also add a scoop of collagen peptides if you're into that.
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