I will be the first to admit that I am not the most domestic woman out there. Spending hours in the kitchen preparing a homemade meal has just never been in the cards for me.
Even though I am not much of a cook, I enjoy eating healthy. One of my favorite snacks/small meals are smoothies! They are fast, easy, and if made with the right ingredients, they provide you with many essential nutrients in one easy meal.
I’ve found that using frozen fruit as a key ingredient in smoothies works best. They eliminate the need to use ice, therefore making the smoothie much more flavorful. Frozen fruits also do not perish, so you don’t have to worry about buying a ton of fresh fruit that is just going to go bad quickly. I do like throwing in a fresh banana when I have one available.
Many fruit juices are filled with sugars and contain very little actual fruit juice. My favorite juice to use is Diet V8 Splash. This juice provides you a full serving of fruits and veggies in each glass! In my opinion, it is one of the healthiest juices on the market. I have recently also started buying Silk Fruit and Protein in mango peach. This juice mixture contains protein, calcium, and fruit juice. It will also make a much more creamier smoothie.
If I’m not using Silk Fruit and Protein, I usually will throw in a serving of yogurt to give me a source of calcium and protein.
My typical smoothie recipe:
– Frozen mango
– Frozen pineapple
– One banana
– Diet mango peach V8 Splash
– One yogurt serving
I use a Hamilton Brach single serve blender. It’s the perfect size for one serving and the container is easy to take with you on the go if you are in a rush.
I have found that smoothies are great for a nutritious breakfast or a light mid-day snack for those of us who are not quite Betty Crocker 😉