Smoothies galore

Smoothies are my absolute favorite beverage! I can have them any time of the day, any day of the week, any week of the.. well you get the point!
I’m so excited to write this post because I have been asked for smoothie recipes on Instagram by few too many people. Well, finally here it is. Just a few of many many smoothies I have on a daily basis.
I have been making (and devouring) smoothies since quite long now. The first ever smoothie I made was with bananas, kiwi squash/concentrate, yogurt, milk and honey. As time passed, I experimented with a ton of fruits and veggies to create different types of smoothies with or without yogurt and milk. Recently I started leaving out regular milk from as many meals as I could. That also meant I cut down on yogurt. Started using almond milk which gave the smoothies a subtle flavor and made them sublime. Not that I turned vegan, just that I like the taste of almond milk. I also started adding protein and fruit powders to boost their health quo.
Frozen bananas are a staple in my freezer. If the bananas sitting out get too ripe or develop black spots, I peel them, toss them in a zip lock bag and store them in freezer.
The best part about smoothies is toppings. You can add a variety of toppings ranging from fresh cut fruits, seeds, nuts to homemade granola and coconut chips. You pick!
Here’s a basic smoothie recipe and some variations of it. Hope to hear from you guys if you tried any of these and if you liked them. Any suggestion and feedback is welcome.


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Basic smoothie recipe

Ingredients:
1 frozen or fresh banana
1 cup almond milk (adjust as per your needs)
1 tsp sweetener
a dash of vanilla extract (optional)
1 cup other pulpy fresh or frozen fruits chopped/diced

Method:
1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve cold in a tall glass, mason jar or pour on overnight oats to make smoothie bowls.


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Very Berry Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:
1 frozen or fresh banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp sweetener
1 cup frozen or fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
1 tbsp freeze dried raspberries, for colour
OR Cooked beetroot
Method:
1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve cold in a tall glass, mason jar or pour on overnight oats to make smoothie bowls.


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Lean Green Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:
1 frozen or fresh banana
1 cup almond milk (optional, I skip it for this smoothie)
1 tsp sweetener
1-2 peeled, diced kiwis
1/2 green apple
handful baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup mint and basil leaves
1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice
Method:
1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve cold in a tall glass, mason jar.


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Bunny Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup peeled and diced carrots (baby or regular)
1/2 inch ginger
1 tsp sweetener
Pinch of salt
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Method:
1. Boil and cook the carrots until tender. If you want you can juice the carrots instead of cooking but I prefer to keep the pulp for texture.
2. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Serve cold in a tall glass, mason jar.

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