Friday, April 16, 2010

Getting ready for warmer weather: fruit smoothies

We have had some short bouts of warm weather. Enough to remind me that we are getting toward that time of year where lighter clothes come out of storage and where I have a desire to start eating lighter and more healthfully. I have already vowed to cut out unhealthy snacks and try to eat breakfast more regularly. I'm not giving up my weekend waffles though! Those must stay!

When I do want an effort-free snack or quick meal replacement I love homemade smoothies. In addition, I recently gave in and purchased a Vitamix blender (a major splurge) and now I will jump on any excuse to use it. I have two favorite smoothies: a frozen berry smoothie (raspberry is my favorite) and banana. The banana smoothie requires fresh bananas which I don't always have on hand, but you can buy frozen berries and keep them in the freezer all year long for a smoothie on demand!

Frozen berry smoothie

1 cup frozen berries (raspberries are my favorite)
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (optional)
1 cup ice
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder (you don't need this but adding a sugar-free whey protein powder will turn the smoothie into the perfect snack and keep you full for hours)
Agave to sweeten, if desired

Blend all ingredients in blender until ice is completely crushed and drink is thick and well-blended. I like my smoothies fairly thick, but you can add additional milk or water to loosen if desired.

Banana smoothie

1 ripe fresh banana
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (optional)
1 cup ice
1 scoop vanilla-flavored protein powder (see note above)
Agave to sweeten, if desired

Blend all ingredients in blender until ice is completely crushed and drink is thick and well-blended.

note: I like my smoothies fairly thick, but you can add additional milk or water to loosen if desired.

9 comments:

Tartelette said...

Hmmm I just got thirsty...gorgeous shot Sabra!

larry B said...

These smoothies look & sound delicious. Great photos

angela@spinachtiger said...

I love protein smoothies, and like you often used agave to sweeten. Now I'm reading that agave is worse that high fructose corn syrup. I now use stevia to sweeten. This was not good news because I had a good amount of recipes posted using raw agave nectar. It can be so confusing.

As usual,your photo is stunning, and the lime touch is nice.

skrockodile (sabra) said...

Hi Angela!
I read the same thing - but then I read that those sources weren't credible. So for now I'm trying not to over-react and waiting to see ... but it's true agave is processed and processed is never good. I would sooner use raw cane sugar (or honey) - but I do like the low glycemic aspect of agave. I will continue to read and let you know if I see anything definitive.

sudy said...

Delicious. Perfect to just keep frozen berries on hand. Guess I'll get some protein powder to have, too. I didn't ever use it before. Learning all kinds of things. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Beautiful color! P.L. loves smoothies for putting on weight and energy-builders. He throws in banana and any syrups in the fridge. He'll love using your fancy blender. In mine, you have to put your feet in and squoosh the fruit a la Lucille Ball.

WizzyTheStick said...

Oh yum homemade smoothies are the best!

Nabia said...

This looks so refreshing! I love all the ingredients you used!! First time here and I love your blog, Everything looks so fresh and healthy and tasty!

Joanne Amos said...

I have all the ingredients except for the protein powder. Thanks for the tip. I will try it cause I know I will like it. (^_^)

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