Friday, July 30, 2010

The Perfect Fruit Smoothie

I know that everyone probably thinks that they make the best smoothie in the world. They are all wrong. This is the best smoothie in the world. No, probably not. But it is amazing. And you should try it. I do eat a lot of smoothies, as aforementioned it is one of the only two breakfasts which have rotated back and forth in my life for at least the last two years with almost no exceptions. I toyed around with finding the perfect smoothie recipe for quite a while because I wanted to find one that was very healthy and well rounded, yet still delicious. Some people can eat smoothies that are unbelievably healthy with green vitamin powder and spinach and carrots and all kinds of salad fixings mixed in. (I know this because I live with one. He can pretty much put any rabbit food in a blender and call it a yummy smoothie.) I am not one of these people. My smoothies need to be tasty and delicious and fruity. But in order for it to count as a solid breakfast that will get me through my commute and at least 3-4 hours of work, it needs to have a good deal of protein and fiber in it. Behold the perfect smoothie recipe:

Breakfast Smoothie:
2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mangoes or peaches
1/2 cup frozen blackberries or raspberries
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp. oat bran

Half of this recipe includes about 350 calories, 12 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein. Plus it tastes amazing.

The key to this recipe is making it the night before. Now, I would tend to do this anyway because mornings are a time of great trial for me. I don't speak. I don't smile. And I certainly don't prepare food. I put all of these ingredients in the blender the night before and stash the blender in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, the fruit is partially defrosted and ready to blend easily. The result is a delicious smoothie that is the perfect consistency every time. Score.


  1. I've never thought of thawing my frozen fruit - or assembling the blender haha - the night before! good tip. Our daily breakfast is smoothies and muffins.

  2. Any tips for people who don't like bananas? I've seen various sites suggest pineapple.

  3. That might work. The banana for me adds creaminess, so maybe some pineapple but also some silken tofu. The tofu makes it extra creamy and adds a lot of extra protein.