On these hot humid days of summer, we tend to opt for recipes that are simple to make and refreshing to eat. Nobody really wants soup when it’s 90 degrees at 9 AM. But breakfast was always a quandary for me. What’s cold and refreshing for the morning meal? For a long time, I thought smoothies were complicated and expensive to make. Plus, smoothies seemed like the kind of thing you would have for breakfast after an early trip to the gym, something that is definitely not happening here. So I swore off smoothies until last year when I found the simplest smoothie recipe ever and one steamy morning, I decided to try it out. And that’s when Dearest Carl and I boarded what I like to call… the Smoothie Train.
Almost every morning from May through September, I pull out the blender and throw together a delicious and pretty healthy breakfast for two. Here is our basic recipe:
– 1 Frozen Banana
– 1.5 Cups Frozen Fruit
– ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
– 1 Cup Milk
– Drizzle of Honey
– Combine all ingredients in the blender.
– Blend until smooth.
(Recipe makes enough for a very large cup or a regular and small size glass.)
This is the basic recipe that I opt for almost always but I have experimented with other things too. I’ve used almond milk instead of regular milk and while the flavor is pretty good, the texture is definitely less shake-like. I’ve used vanilla flavored greek yogurt which works depending on what fruit you’re using (strawberry is best). I’ve made this with cinnamon instead of frozen fruit (but still a banana) which makes a nice change. I’ve added oats which is a bit chunky but that’s just my blender’s blending capacity. I’ve added coffee (don’t.). I’ve tried frozen watermelon (too watery). I’ve used ice to help get the shake consistency which I don’t recommend (use the frozen fruit for that). I have not ventured into the veggies yet but I have high hopes of adding some spinach to a smoothie soon.
It’s really nice to sip on this in the mornings during the summer while the A/C is still working off the humidity. And I’ve discovered that the greek yogurt really does keep me pretty full for several hours! Also, it’s a great reason to buy the pretty paper straws. (Thanks Target!)
Do you ride the Smoothie Train? Have any tips?