Smoothies are usually a let’s-see-what-I-have-around affair. I’ll put in a little of this, a little of that, whatever fruits and veggies are about to go bad, or whatever, and I never measure or even jot down how I made them. That makes mediocre smoothies easy to forget, and great smoothies difficult to replicate!
Recently, though, I started paying attention, and through trial and error, I refined one of my recipes to the point where I can say that it’s… my favorite smoothie recipe. And even though I’m not making smoothies at the moment (too much sugar for the food program I’m on), I wanted to share the recipe, because:
- I don’t want to lose the recipe, and this way, it will live forever on the interwebs,
- Just because I’m not eating sugar doesn’t mean that you aren’t, and this is a fantastic recipe!
This recipe uses my favorite protein powder – Bowflex Body. It’s super fine, so it blends excellently, and it has a great, natural flavor without being chalky or gritty. Plus, it’s full of protein, antioxidants, probiotics, and other good-for-you stuff. (And I’m being honest – not just brown-nosing because Bowflex is sponsoring me in some upcoming stair races!)
This is a smoothie for one person. Start with 1 banana and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries.
If you use frozen fruit, you don’t have to use ice cubes! Next, add 1/4 cup pineapple juice, and 1 cup coconut water.
I love how pineapple tastes, but it can easily overpower everything else, which is why I use just a little bit. Coconut water, meanwhile, is an excellent, natural source of electrolytes (without all the added sugar that sports drinks add), and it’s lower calorie than pineapple juice, too (by almost 40%), so that’s another perk.
Lastly, one scoop of Bowflex Body French Vanilla Fitness Shake and 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal.
Flaxseed is the single-best source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (vegetarians, take note!), as well as many other nutrients.
I’ve gotten in the habit of adding my powders after the liquids when I blend or use shaker cups. They’re less likely to clump in the corners and stick to the sides if they go in after the liquid.
Blend it all up, and voila!
Gorgeous color, lots of health benefits, and tastes great, too! What else could you want in a smoothie? (Maybe a handful of spinach, for some greens? I’ll have to try that next time!)
Most of all… enjoy this smoothie in good health!
Keep it up, David!