5 Delicious Smoothies
I love smoothies, especially when it gets warmer. So I decided to share some of my fave recipes.
The key for me to keeping my smoothies clean and simple is finding the one ingredient that brings everything together. For me, that ingredient is dates! But it is different for everyone. Before I discovered dates, my smoothies were all over the place because I just couldn’t find anything to make them sweet enough. So I would add stevia or honey, milk, yoghurt, etc all in an attempt to give the smoothie the right flavor. Since I discovered dates, all that has ended!
Also, make sure all your fruits are ripe!
Also known as the base because this is the base for all my smoothies. I only use 2 ingredients for this. 4-5 bananas (frozen or unfrozen) and 4-5 dates! Then I blend with ice and water. Every once in a while I’ll use almond or cashew milk or sometimes coconut water but I make a huge serving (30-32 oz) every morning (when it gets warmer) so it is more economical for me to just use water. Dates are really creamy and milky when blended and so are bananas so the combination is very creamy and using water in this recipe does not result in a watered down recipe at all. Ladies and gentlemen, this smoothie tastes just like a milkshake!
(2) Very Berry Smoothie
For 30 – 32 oz you’re going to need the base (2-3 bananas and 4 dates) and any berries of your choice. Blueberries are my fave but sometimes I’ll add strawberries or raspberries or blackberries or any combination of the above. I blend with water and ice and it is super delicious, but feel free to use any liquid of choice. Some people feel adding water and ice to smoothies dilute the flavor but they still want the texture ice gives. You can achieve this by freezing your fruits before using it in your smoothie.
For 30 – 32 oz I use 2-3 bananas, 4-5 dates, 1-2 kiwis and some berries. Any berry or combination berries works great with this smoothie. I’ve heard pitaya/dragon fruit tastes great in this smoothie but I’ve been looking for pitaya almost 2 years now and I haven’t found it anywhere so I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it 🙁
(4) Paradise Smoothie
This is pure paradise in my tummy. For 30 – 32 oz I use 1 small banana, 4-5 dates, a cup of cubed pineapples, a mango, an avocado, and a tablespoon of coconut butter/cream and I blend with water and I blend with water and ice. I love this. This is so delicious. Sometimes when I want to taste one ingredient more, I’ll leave out one or two fruit(s). For example when I have a huge avocado craving, I’ll leave out the mango and sometimes when I have a mango craving I’ll leave out the avocado. Sometimes I’ll leave out both the mango and avocado and the combination of pineapple and coconut is amazing. This is really a great recipe. Like all the other recipes, tweak it to satisfy your taste buds.
(5) Empty-the-fridge Smoothie
This smoothie usually occurs when I’m about to go away for some reason: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Spring break, etc or at the end of the week when I just have a little bit of each fruit left. Do like the name suggest, empty your fridge into your blender and blend! For me this is usually bananas, dates, berries, kiwis and sometimes mangoes and it tastes great! I love it.
It takes me a few hours to drink 30 -32 oz of smoothie so this prevents me from snacking on other things and it really does keep me long for a long time and curbs my cravings so I really like smoothies.
I know using water as the liquid choice may not be everyone’s cup of tea but this is what I like. Sometimes I top my smoothies with chia or flax seeds. I used to add spinach or kale in my smoothies but I discovered I prefer to chew my veggies rather than drink them so I don’t do that anymore.Experiment with different things and discover what you like. One piece of advise if you’re using smoothies as way to lose weight then you want to use as much whole fruits (and veggies) as possible and minimize the other things that come in boxes and packages like milk, yoghurt, honey, etc. Not that any of these are bad for you but the calories do add up. But I’m no professional so I encourage you to play around and find out what works for you.
Thanks for reading.