I’m sure most of you, like me, made New Year’s Resolutions. And I’m willing to bet that most of you, like me, are struggling sticking to them. I decided that, for the new year, I would try to give up (ok, more like seriously cut back on) refined sugar. This has been pretty difficult to stick to, because I have always had a sweet tooth. The most difficult part has been finding something that I can whip up when I have cravings for something sweet that I can still consume and not feel guilty about later. That’s why this smoothie recipe is AMAZING. Plus, it’s so simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make it.
Instead of using ice in your smoothies, use frozen bananas instead. Slice up a bunch of bananas, put them in a baggie and stick the baggie in the freezer. The bananas will provide a lot of natural sweetness, so there will be no need to sweeten your smoothie. Fill your blender with 1/3 frozen bananas, 1/3 fruit of your choice, and 1/3 greens. Next, pour your milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk) until it covers about half of your ingredients (you can add more if your smoothie is still too thick). For my smoothie, I used strawberries and spinach. Other options include pineapple and kale (which is an excellent smoothie to fight belly bloat), mixed berries and spinach (an excellent immune system booster), or even kiwi, blueberries and mint (which is loaded with vitamins).
These smoothies are excellent for any meal of the day, or they can become perfect post-workout meals with an added scoop of protein powder. They are perfect examples of how you can still eat clean without having to sacrifice good flavor.