Smoothies are great, arguably the best snack food known to human kind. Open the doors to a new world now!
If you are a regular Yummly user as I am, you would notice the ever-growing popularity in smoothies. Weekly updates are increasingly including more smoothie recipes, and I’m not complaining! Smoothies are yummy, diverse, convenient, healthy (for the most part), and did I say yummy?
I’m pretty sure I’ve been making smoothies since birth, or my mom has, and I don’t see why any one wouldn’t! As long as you have a blender (or magic bullet or food processor) smoothie making is amazingly easy. No specific recipe required and you can let your imagination run wild.
- Start with milk, juice or water as your base ingredient.
People get fancy by having coconut/almond milk or coconut water instead, but I like to keep it simple.
- Look around your house for your favourite fruit and/or vegetable. And yes, I did say vegetable! Vegetables are a great addition to smoothies. They help with your daily vegetable intake and you barely taste them if combined with fruits, think bananas, and/or a light sweetener of your choice (i.e. honey or stevia).
- Now we can just stop at step two and blend it all together to drink, but we would be missing out on the fun part! Remember when I mentioned ‘imagination’ not long ago? This is when you can set it free… and play around with ingredients!
On top of the base liquid and fruits and veggies, try adding in chopped nuts or seeds (ground flax is my go-to), a nut butter of your choice, yogurt, protein powder, granola or All Bran. The possibilities are endless!
- Don’t be afraid of testing out something new! If you’re thinking of a new combination for a smoothie, just try it, (in small quantities, just in case); you never know how it might be. Even a recipe that’s been published on perhaps Yummly, for example, might not be to your liking. And that’s okay because you can easily adjust it.
New smoothie recipes have been emerging left, right and center… so many smoothies, so little time! I have found “pumpkin spice” that uses pumpkin puree- so much healthier than the Starbucks alternative, “strawberry cheesecake,” “banana cream pie,” and many other recipes that have either enlightened or disappointed my taste buds… or stomach for that matter.
So lets talk smoothies! If you have new and exciting recipes, I would love to know about them! Please comment below what ingredients you have blended into a smoothie that wouldn’t normally be added (tasting good or bad), or something you are about to try… perhaps because of my article. Or what is your take on smoothies; do you enjoy them as much as I do, or are you more of a milkshake kind of gal (or guy)?
What even is the difference between milkshakes and smoothies? Next article topic? I think so!
-From your favourite smoothie enthusiast,
Nicole Macina, first year bachelor of PR student.