Favorite Morning Smoothies

Since I finally have a morning commute, I have become a big fan of smoothies. I love that I have something to do while I drive, and I don’t let myself drink them until the ride so I look forward to getting into the car. Below are three of my absolute favorite smoothies.

The Antioxidant Bomb

Since health magazines have been obsessing over which foods have “antioxidants” I now refer to anything that is supposedly full of them as “antioxidants.” I’m not kidding. I’ll walk up to James and say “hey, would you like an antioxidant?” By which I mean “would you like a piece of dark chocolate? Before the chocolate, I do love a traditionally fruity smoothie. I call this one the “antioxidant bomb.”

In this smoothie I like to add:

1 Cup of Mixed Berries

4 ounces of Grapefruit Juice

4 ounces of Coconut Water

The grapefruit juice adds a delightful tartness to the smoothie, and sometimes you want something sour to wake you up. Trader Joes and Whole Foods both sell it freshly squeezed, with the only ingredient being actual grapefruit juice. Additionally, I recently started freezing the juice in cube form. Since it is preservative-less, it goes bad after a few days. I started pouring it into ice cube trays, and popping three or four out the night before to defrost in the fridge. It is usually slush by morning! The coconut water, on the other hand, cuts the grapefruit juice with just a hint of sweetness, so you aren’t overwhelmed by the tartness! Throw it all into the blender at once and bask in the beautiful deep pink and purple of this slush-like smoothie!

The Peanut Butter Bomb

Anyone that is reading this that hasn’t had a personal conversation with me in the past month will know that I hate bananas. I always have! Because of this smoothie, I finally can stand the taste. The peanut butter disguises it enough, and the fact that bananas are so good for me (are they really, though? It’s what they say but I don’t know if I believe it) makes me love this smoothie. Further, it is protein packed so it actually keeps me full until lunch.

In this smoothie I like to add:

1 frozen banana (cut into bites before freezing)

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter

1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder

Throw it all in the blender at once and enjoy the thick, milkshake-like breakfast shake!

The Green One

A couple of weeks ago James and I did The Green Smoothie Cleanse (you can read my review here). The cleanse helped me perfect the green smoothie that doesn’t taste as healthy as it is. And while it is the measurements that I perfected, it is really the color that I am most proud of. Using predominately yellow and orange fruit keeps the smoothie from becoming an awful brown color. It’s really hard to drink something that looks like dirty dishwater. With this combination, however, the smoothie is a vibrant and appetizing green!

In this smoothie I like to add:

8 ounces of water

2 heaping handfuls of spinach/chard/kale (sometimes I buy just one, sometimes I enjoy the “power green” mix that is sold pre-washed. Who has time to wash kale in the morning?)

1 cup of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, and strawberry)

1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder

Start by blending just the water and spinach. This helps make essentially green juice, so you don’t see little floating bits of leaves in your smoothie! Then add the fruit, blend until smooth, and finally the protein powder! I used to make this with just one handful of spinach, but as I have grown accustomed to it, it actually became a little too sweet. Adding the extra handful of bitter deep leafy greens helped balance it out! This is totally the smoothie drinkers preference!

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