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Simple Smoothies for First Timers

Here are two of my favorite smoothies that I make almost every day. These recipes are easy and take no time at all. These smoothies are especially amazing if you’re attempting to add a little bit more fruit to your diet, and a fun way to do so. Smoothies are especially wonderful during the summer—give it a try. Enjoy!


Recipe: Banana Berry Blast

  • Prep time 2 hours
  • Ready in 5-10 minutes
  • Serves 1 person
  • 373 calories

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 chopped frozen banana
  • 1/4 of a cup of blueberries
  • Roughly one serving of yogurt (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any kind)
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries

Directions

  1. Freeze bananas in an airtight freezer bag for about two hours or overnight for a thicker smoothie. The blueberries can also be frozen but don’t have to be.
  2. Once your desired frozen items are finally frozen they can be placed into your blender first and evenly. In my experience, bananas are very easy to blend frozen compared to other fruits, but it is best to be sure your ingredients are even especially if you own a smaller blender (like my own).
  3. Scoop yogurt into your blender all over the fruits. This will also make it easier on your blender. I also suggest using yogurt with fruit in it to add a splash of flavor. Remember that it’s okay to mix and match! I personally add strawberry or peach activia to my smoothies. I choose activia because of its probiotics and wonderful taste.
  4. Now that you’ve added your fruit and yogurt, it’s time to add your milk and juice, add in the milk and juice just like the yogurt. Any variety of milk will do depending on preference. I especially have a taste for almond milk! Lately, I use whole milk because of it not giving much of an aftertaste, whereas some other milks might.
  5. Lastly, blend all of your ingredients together until smooth. You may add more liquids depending on how you prefer the consistency of your smoothie.

Recipe: Coffee Craze

  • Prep time 2 hours
  • Ready in 5-10 minutes
  • Serves 1 person
  • 154 calories

Ingredients

  • 4 Oz frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • ¼ cup of coffee
  • ⅓ cup of milk

Directions

  1. Freeze bananas in an airtight freezer bag for about two hours or overnight for a thicker smoothie.
  2. Place frozen bananas into your blender evenly.
  3. Pour coffee and milk over the bananas.
  4. Add in unsweetened baking cocoa.
  5. Lastly, blend all of your ingredients together until smooth. You may add more coffee or milk depending on how you prefer the consistency of your smoothie.

Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to get messy! Try any fruit and even vegetables. Smoothies, in my opinion, are an easy way to try new foods. There are so many different ways to make smoothies when it comes to ingredients, explore!
  • Add toppings like homemade granola, small fresh fruits, mint leaves, chocolate chips of your choice, even cocoanut! This can add a special hint of taste and crunch. Adding toppings like granola can also give you fiber and fulfill you.
  • Avoid using smoothies as meals, although depending on your smoothie, not all smoothies can replace meals. Also, getting used to letting smoothies replace meals may lower your calorie intake which will give you less energy than the smoothie should be giving you considering you still eat.
  • If you feel more comfortable blending as you go to skip the loud grinding your blender may produce then feel free to do so. Just keep in mind blending as you add ingredients may take longer and potentially change the consistency you might be going for.
  • Lastly, although I’m sure I’ve stressed this enough, experiment. Adding fruits or vegetables you’ve never tried before can open your mind to many new things that will only benefit you. See what you like and don’t like. Following this recipe is only a bridge to your adventure in the land of smoothie making
  • When blending coffee smoothies, be sure to avoid artificial sweeteners. Encourage yourself to use natural sugars in fruits.
  • Have fun!

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