On Friday, we gave you some tips on smoothie additions to keep you full. Today, we give you some ideas to keep your smoothies exciting!
I used to think the idea of a smoothie recipe was a little silly, then I started having a smoothie every day. I quickly grew bored of the flavor combinations I could think of.
Thankfully, there is plenty of inspiration out there. I surfed pinterest and the web and then headed back to my kitchen to experiment. Here are some of the things I learned:
- Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Try new fruits like cranberries, citrus, or grapes.
- Don’t forget spices! Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla are some of my favorites.
- Add a scoop of your favorite nut butter for flavor and protein.
- Use a different liquid to add more flavor like orange juice, coconut milk, or even coffee.
- Unless you have a really high powered blender, apples may be too much, but applesauce can add terrific apple flavor.
If you want a little more guidance, here are some links to some creative smoothie recipes incorporating some of the suggestions above:
Cranberry Vanilla Smoothie from Noble Pig: This sounds perfect for this time of year! Love the use of both cranberries and vanilla.
Skinny Banana Chip Smoothie by The Messy Baker: Add just a little chocolate to your breakfast without wrecking your diet.
Coffee Banana Smoothie by Cookin’ Canuck: An easy way to get your fruit and coffee all in one!
Sunburst Smoothie from Family Fresh Foods: This citrusy smoothie also includes carrots for extra nutrition.
Oatmeal Pumpkin Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers: Oatmeal adds thickness and whole grains, and pumpkin makes it tasty!
Banana Almond Smoothie from Cookie and Kate: One of my favorites. This is especially good when you are tired of fruit. Plus, you’ll be full for hours!
You can also download this handy smoothie cheat sheet to help inspire you in the kitchen.
And be sure to check back on Friday for Part 3 of our smoothie series!