A simple smoothie guaranteed to give you a boost of energy!
Recently, I’ve been starting to wean refined sugars and refined grains out of my regular eating habits. To be honest, I typically eat a lot of sugar and a LOT of refined grains. While I have long avoided highly processed foods, I’m realizing just how unhealthy refined sugars are and I want to make better food choices when confronted with them. I still am planning to happily enjoy these foods occasionally, but I want to see them more as treats and not as foods I’m addicted to.
As a result, I’ve been in search for healthy go-to snacks that curb the craving for sweets and sugar. Enter: smoothies. Duh. Smoothies are a classic healthy snack so of course I’m going to turn to them in my hour of need! Smoothies harness the natural sugars found in fruits to provide a great substitute for a cookie craving. Plus, smoothies can be filled with all the add-ins and fruits and veggies you want to give you more protein, energy, flavor, you name it.
This Energizing Banana Blueberry Smoothie is just your classic smoothie: banana plus berries plus a dairy plus a special add-in. I love the blueberries in this smoothie because I always keep a giant bag of them in my freezer (thank you giant warehouse stores). AND blueberries are the superfood that have always been in style. Hello, antioxidants!! Goodbye, heart disease.
Your banana and blueberries can be frozen or fresh, but, ideally, one of them is frozen to give your smoothie a nice cool, creamy texture.
Your dairy item can be yogurt, milk, or a non-dairy milk, like almond or soy milk! Totally customizable to your dietary needs. I used whole milk this time, but I love to use plain yogurt too!
A special ingredient I like to add in my smoothies (and I’ve included in this recipe) is flaxseed. It’s an awesome source of fiber which you can grind up right before adding the rest of your ingredients. It won’t affect the flavor, but it’s full of potentially, as preliminary studies show, disease-lowering nutrients. But if you don’t grind it, it can pass through undigested and not give you any of those important nutrients! Simply add it to your blender before any other ingredients, pulse it for 15-30 seconds, and then you can add the rest of your ingredients!
Try this smoothie when you need a new one! It’s good to mix up your routine every once in awhile and this one is a winner, I promise.
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt or any type of milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
- 1/2 Tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed
- If your flaxseed is whole, grind it in a food processor for about 30 seconds. Then, add yogurt, banana, and blueberries. Enjoy immediately.
If you try these, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work.
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