I love smoothies and make them frequently throughout the week.
When I’m too lazy to put out a fruit or veggie with lunch, it’s smoothie time.
When I fear Little D might have trouble going number two, it’s smoothie time.
When it’s hot outside (like it has been the past few days), it’s smoothie time.
When I feel like we’re running to event after event and are eating with less variety, it’s smoothie time.
While I play around and make different smoothies, right now these are our three favorites. Just so you know, I use a high-powered blender (Blendtec). We typically don’t eat them for a meal, but rather a snack or part of a meal.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
My frustration with Little D’s disinterest in fruit brought me to this smoothie many moons ago. I sometimes add chocolate or flaxmeal (or both) and have been known to throw in a celery stick but this is my base recipe. He and I usually share this smoothie.
Berry Beet It Look Alike
Big A used to enjoy a strawberry yogurt smoothie base, but she started rejecting it. She loves Berry Beet It at Jamba Juice, which is no longer offered. To make this I add 1 cup frozen mangos, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen strawberries along with 1/2 cup of carrot, 1/2 cup spinach, 1 cup grape juice, and 1/2 cup water. I usually put the leftovers in popsicle molds.
When my husband told me his favorite store-bought smoothie is one with kale and pineapple, I knew we had to add it to our collection. Then, like magic, this recipe appeared on Mom’s Kitchen Handbook. The only difference is I add 1 cup of greens (kale or spinach) and use cow’s milk.
So tell me, what’s your favorite smoothie? Leave the recipe (or link) in the comments.
Thanks for the recipes for the smoothies. I can’t wait to try the berry upbeat lookalike.
Love this! I want to try that beet one.
Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD says
That’s a favorite around here!