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Now that I live in a sunny, warm climate year-round, I’ve found myself turning to smoothies on a more regular basis than I did when we lived in Minneapolis. Smoothies in the winter just never worked for me. But spring is here and summer is around the corner so it is officially smoothie season!

Smoothies are typically a breakfast meal for me, (I’m not so sure they could work as a lunch or dinner) and my current favorite is a combination of frozen pineapple, spinach, almond milk and greek yogurt. To turn a smoothie into a meal, you’ve got to be sure to include protein, some healthy fat and some volume in the form of fruit or vegetables.

Here are some of my favorite fats, proteins and flavors for smoothies! Blend away!

Fats:

  • nut butter or nuts
  • avocado
  • ground flaxseed
  • chia seeds

Proteins:

  • protein powder (there are ENDLESS amounts of protein powder – find one that you like!)
  • greek yogurt
  • milk

Flavor:

  • frozen or fresh fruit
  • splash of juice
  • small amount of honey or agave
  • dates
  • coconut

Extras:

  • vegetables! (spinach or other delicate greens work well)
  • green super food powder

Inspiration:

What always ends up in your smoothies? 

Comments

  1. says

    Peanut butter cocoa smoothies with bananas, spinach and almond milk are my go-to because they hit all of the things you mentioned: greens, protein, healthy fats, and flavor. I do love a good chocolate cherry bomb though, and I’ve been having fun with a yogurt/acai powder smoothie lately too!

  2. says

    Your current favorite is my current favorite too! I’ve been making these, ok, Brian has…every morning for the past month. It’s a good way to get veggies/fruits in right away for us as I don’t crave fruit at ALL in the winter?! Too cold I guess… I might try adding some protein powder in too. P.S. i’ve been meaning to put a smoothie post up myself! Thanks for your ideas, as always!

  3. Christy says

    Curent fav – frozen berries, greek yogurt, spinach, protein powder, with milk or OJ. Love making these not only for myself but it gets Chris to actually have breakfast, which he’d normally skip :) I’m curious to know what protein powders you like? (I’ve been using a Jillian Michaels brand from Target)

    • Emily says

      I’m still hunting for the perfect protein powder, but Tera’s Whey is good (and made in Wisconsin) but normally I just add greek yogurt for protein.
      Do you like the Jillian Michaels? I’ll have to check that one out!

      • Christy says

        Woops, guessing I’m doing double protein when I do the greek as well :) yes, I do like it so far – can barely taste it which is what I’m going for. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!

  4. says

    I cannot wait for warm weather so that I can get back on the smoothie train! I just can’t do them in the cold winter. My smoothie of choice includes almond milk, frozen bananas, spinach leaves, peanut butter and sweetener. Mmmm.

  5. Hyedi says

    I always struggle with about how much of each of the above to include? Any tips? My go-to is almond milk – nut butter – frozen fruit – spinach.

    • Emily says

      Hi Hyedi! If it is a meal smoothie I would say about 1-2 cups almond milk, 1-2 Tbsp nut butter, 1/2-1 cup fruit and 2-4 cups spinach.
      I know they are kind of big ranges – lower amounts would be for a snack or if you are having the smoothie along with something else. If it is your meal, I would go closer to the higher amounts.

  6. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says

    I fell in love with green smoothies last summer, but like you said, it’s hard to do smoothies in winter. Considering it snowed today… I think I’ll wait a few more weeks! :)

  7. says

    I have been working on adding more kale and spinach although I also love to add cacao powder, nut butters, flax, and frozen fruit.

    I have never tried avocado, but I think would like it!

  8. Shana says

    I use soy protien, banana, bran for added fiber and protien, spinach, frozen blueberries and milk. I drink it as a post workout breakfast meal. It helps repair muscles after my morning strentgh training and gives me a great amount of energy for the remainder of the day.

  9. says

    Having smoothies on breakfast is really good! In summer season often I’ll take this meal on breakfast. I think building smoothies with rich fruits and vegetables gives lot of energy to body. Thanks for your nice presentation, it’s helpful. :)

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