Thursday, March 20, 2014

All Smoothies, All the Time by Mikayla Halsell

       Today is the Spring Equinox, meaning it's the first day of spring! Now we can look forward to lovely weather, a decline in academic motivation, and anticipation for summer! As summer becomes closer and closer in view and temperatures slowly rise to ungodly levels, most people start breaking out those smoothie recipes that have been hiding in the pantry. But just in case you are one of the few who don't actually have any recipes or even a desire to make smoothies, here 10 different recipes to get you started. And if you don't like smoothies, then go re-evaluate you life decisions and come back later when you're a better human being. 

       But anyways, here is my Top Ten list of smoothies for the spring and upcoming summer! (The list is in no particular order. They're all good, so try them all.)

1. Peach Smoothie


-2 cups of milk
-2 cups of frozen sliced peaches (sweet or unsweet)
-1/4 cup of orange juice concentrate
-2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)
-5 ice cubes (or more if you prefer a thicker smoothie)

2. Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie


-1 cup of frozen raspberries
-6 oz. container of vanilla greek yogurt 
-1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk

3. Mango Pineapple Smoothie


-1 mango, diced
-2 rings of pineapple
-1 heaping tablespoon of coconut yogurt
-1 tablespoon of coconut milk
-1/2 cup of apple juice
-6 ice cubes

4. Super Berry Smoothie


-1 cup of frozen blueberries
-1 cup of frozen strawberries
-1 tablespoon of chai seeds (optional)
-1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
-1 cup of almond milk
-1 cup of blueberry yogurt

5. Spinach Kiwi Smoothie


-1 cup of fresh spinach (1 hand-full)
-1 sliced kiwi
-1/2 frozen banana
-1/2 almond milk
-2 ice cubes

6. Snicker-doodle Green Smoothie 


-1 handful of spinach
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 of an avocado
-1/4 cup of almond milk
-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 
-2 ice cubes

7. Raspberry Pina Colada 


-1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
-1/2 cup of coconut milk
-1/2 cup of pineapple juice
-1 and 1/2 frozen banana
-1/2 cup of frozen raspberries 

8. Berry Green Smoothie


-1 handful of spinach leaves
-1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
-1 frozen (or unfrozen) banana
-1/2 cup of milk (or almond milk)
-2 tablespoons of old-fashioned oats (optional)
-1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)

9. Blackberry Cherry Smoothie


-2 cups of frozen blackberries
-1 cups of frozen cherries (seedless)
-1 cup of vanilla yogurt
-1 tablespoon of blackberry preserves 
-1/2 cup of cherry juice
-1/2 cup of almond milk
-2 tablespoons of flax sees (optional)
-a few ice cubes

10. Green Watermelon Smoothie


-3 cubes of watermelon, cubed (seedless)
-1/4 cup of parsley
-2 cups of packed kale
-1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
-2 teaspoons of green tea powder
-3 tablespoons of pineapple juice concentrate
-1/2 of an avocado 

       Well, I hope that I have inspired your smoothie-making creativity. Don't be afraid to try different combinations and ideas. You can always substitute ingredients that you don't like for other fruits that you prefer. Start off this spring with clean eating and delicious smoothies! Have fun experimenting!

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