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Simple Healthy Smoothie Recipe For Breakfast and Beyond

Posted Jun 02 2008 5:02pm

When the weather turns hot I love to start the day with a healthy smoothie. It’s a simple way to get the day started in a cool refreshing way while providing a delicious source of healthy protein, fiber and phytonutrients. You can use the basic smoothie recipe as a template from which to create your own delicious variations. And smoothies just aren’t for breakfast - they make a perfect light summer lunch or mid afternoon pick me up too.

Simple Healthy Smoothie Basic Recipe

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I like my smoothies thick, but if you prefer a thinner smoothie just add more liquid until your desired consistency is achieved.

  • 3/4 cup milk (or soy, almond, or rice milk) or juice (orange, apple, pineapple, cranberry, etc)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or silken tofu
  • 1 cup unsweetened frozen fruit of your choice (blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches, banana, or any combination
  • 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup or 2-3 drops stevia extract to taste

Optional Smoothie Additions:

  • 1/4 cup plain instant oatmeal, grapenuts, or granola
  • 1-2 scoops whey protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1-2 teaspoons greens plus powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite flavored extract (vanilla, almond, coconut, rum)
  • Dash of your favorite spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom)
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Some of My Favorite Smoothie Variations:

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal: Combine milk, yogurt, banana, peanut butter, a package of plain instant oatmeal, sweetener and dash of cinnamon

Orange Pineapple: Combine orange juice, yogurt, pineapple, honey and 2-3 ice cubes.

Strawberry Banana: Combine soy milk, yogurt, banana, strawberries, and sweetener

Apple Blueberry: Combine apple juice, tofu, blueberries, and honey

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