I thought I’d surprise my Silver Sneakers workout group and make them all smoothies to sample. Here’s the Fit and Fab Smoothie I shared on Wednesday.
Most people can make smoothies, but I’m all about good ingredients (minimally processed and good sources of nutrition). I also try to inject flavors in unique ways. Being good for you doesn’t have to taste plain or boring. My base ingredients for one batch of smoothies are 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 cups (about 6) fresh squeezed orange juice (including the pulp), and one frozen banana (cut in half). Some of the best combinations in addition to my base are:
- Frozen peaches (a handful) and strawberries (about 6) or
- Frozen peaches (a handful) and pineapple (a handful), 1 tsp. orange zest
There are a few things you can add for fiber and protein: 1 tbs. of chia seeds (fills you up and gives you energy), cacao nibs (raw chocolate pieces). and ground flax seeds (provides a nutty flavor). You can find some of these at Big Lots, Publix, Kroger and TJ Maxx. To make your smoothies sweeter without the use of highly processed sugars (like agave or refined sugar), add either: 1 Tbs of: raw honey, 1 tsp. stevia (Sweet Leaf Stevia Drops plain or with vanilla) or 1 Tbs. of date syrup (Amazon). If you do use stevia, the drops with vanilla are the nicest flavor. To add another level of flavor, you can also add one of these flavor freebies: 1/4 tsp. of extract: vanilla, almond or orange, 1 tsp. orange zest which is quite an effective flavor booster.