Smoothies: 5 Ingredients or Less
My lovely friend Katie from high school thought of the great idea for me to write about my favorite smoothies, seeing as the warm weather is ahead of us and summer is just around the corner! I don’t know many people who don’t like smoothies and they are pretty much the perfect food for maintaining a plant-based lifestyle. You can easily make them vegan and they are always full of energizing and smile-inducing ingredients! They are perfect for on the go- just what college students need! I’m really thinking about investing in a Vitamix for my apartment next year since I know I’d use it often if not daily! Compiling my favorite smoothie combinations is making me crave a giant blender full of fruit! For the ideas below, I do not list amounts for each ingredient. Don’t worry-there really is no way to mess up a smoothie! Add however much of each ingredient you like to taste! That is the best part about simple recipes like these. There is no right or wrong way to make a smoothie. Here are my favorite smoothie concoctions:
The Oh-So-Simple OJ&B
From the name you may be able to guess at least one of the 2 ingredients!
- Orange juice
- mixed frozen berries
That’s it! I love this one because it is super quick to make. Just throw everything in and blend! If you don’t have frozen berries, use fresh and add some ice!
Mango is my favorite fruit (for now…) and I love to combine it with sweet banana! This one will fill you with energy and the sweetness of the fruit will satisfy you like a dessert.
- Frozen (or fresh) mango
- ripe, spotty bananas
- spinach for a green color and a boost of iron, calcium and Vitamin K to name a few!
- nut milk of choice, or water. I add enough water to cover the fruit first, then if I want it to be thinner after I’ve blended, I add more liquid as I see fit.
*A trick about adding greens: if you don’t want to see the green color, use mixed berries in the smoothie since the dark red and blue colors will mask the green!
One of the most refreshing fruits is watermelon. It is 92% water and full of vitamin C and lycopene! Stay hydrated with this slushy-like drink.
- ripe watermelon chunks
- coconut water (full of hydrating electrolytes)
- a squeeze of lime, if you desire
Blend! If you want to add ice, go for it. I’d just make sure my coconut water was cold!
If you’re feeling daring, or if you love when you can taste the health in a smoothie like me, give this a shot!
- 2 oranges
- 2 bananas
- 2-3 dense handfuls of greens like spinach or kale-or both! (get fancy with basil, arugula or swiss chard!)
- water, nut milk or coconut water
- Chia seeds for a helping of healthy fats
If you don’t have a super great blender, adding tougher greens like kale or swiss chard may leave chunks in your drink. That’s fine if you can get past the texture but use your judgement if you want it to be smoother.
This one will remind you of an island vacation!*Paper umbrella optional*
- Coconut water
The coconut water will add even more sweetness. You can even use pineapple coconut water to add more fruity flavor!
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These are just a few of the smoothies I’d think about making when going to whip up something good! I really decide what to put in my smoothies based on what I have in the freezer/fridge. I love smoothies and I will often make them into a meal! They are filling, nutritious and the easiest food to make! Just throw everything in a blender and blend! Don’t forget to do a dance while blending! Hope you enjoy one of these!