Power Punch Smoothie

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Smoothie makes me strong!

“Beach Body 2010” diet program is still going strong; but these 5:30 am classes are taking a toll on my energy.  Sure, I could stop by a Smoothie Queen and pick-up an $8.00 berry-so-berry smoothie thingy; or I could do one at home for much less.  Just because you make these at home doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the cools “add-ins” they offer at the smoothie bar.   Here are a few of the “add-ins” I use when making my Berry, Berry Good Smoothie:

  • Ground flax seed – I mentioned this in my granola post.  This little seed, when ground, has the same Omega-3 fatty acids as a salmon filet.  And I bet you flax seed taste better in a berry smoothie than a salmon filet.  Found the box of ground flax seed at Publix.
  • Yogurt – This adds a little flavor (I use fat-free, light vanilla) and also adds protein.  We all need some protein after a workout to rebuild muscle.
  • Pomagranet Juice – this antioxidant rich juice will block those free-radicals.  No, I’m not speaking of protesting hippies but rather those cancer causing agents that take a toll on your body.
  • Blue Agave Sweetener – Blue Agave, as you know, is the plant that makes tequilla; but in this case the sugars are made into a syrup.  It is 3 times sweeter than sugar but it doesn’t give you that sugar crash.  Cool, huh? I found the bottle in the picture at Costco but I saw it at Publix and Whole Foods. 

Smoothie goodies

In stead of ice in our smoothie, we are using frozen fruit; so you could make this the night before, put it in a covered glass and drink it in the morning.  Since there is no ice, the drink won’t get watery.  So here’s my recipe:

Berry, Berry Good Smoothie
1/2 cup Fat-free, light vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 medium banana
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon Blue Agave sweetener

In a blender (mine was ghetto so I didn’t take a picture of it), add the ingredients in the order listed above.  Start your blender on the lowest cycle and then work your way up until blended smooth.  A little too thick for you?  Add a little more pomegranate juice or orange juice. 

Photo by Ray Hydrick

Josh is not a berry person.  He doesn’t like those little seeds in his dentures. So this one is for him. 

Peaches and Cream Smoothie
1 cup Fat-free, light vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup non-fat milk
1/2 medium banana
1 cup frozen peaches
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 tablespoons Blue Agave sweetener
Dash of vanilla extract

In a blender , add the ingredients in the order listed above.  Start your blender on the lowest cycle and then work your way up until blended smooth.  A little too thick for you?  Add a little more non-fat milk.

Photo by Ray Hydrick

A Little Extra
Protein –  add powdered whey protein.  Just be careful to get plain and not flavored.  If so, you will be stuck making drinks that fall within that taste.  You can also add soy milk – great source of protein and no lactose.

What did I tell you?  Easy.  You can make those drinks at home.  Mix and match – the flavors are endless.  But just know with anything you eat, moderation is the key.  Even these tasty, nutritional drinks have calories and drinking too many of them can be counter productive.  The recipes above can make two 8 oz. glasses.

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5 Responses to “Power Punch Smoothie”

  1. Jamie Says:

    Yum! I could use one of those right now since I am apparently skipping lunch. I wonder how try would taste of you froze them at night and let them thaw in the fridge in time for lunch.

    And these would be great to sell at your granola stand!

  2. Carrie Says:

    Thanks for the tip of not using ice so they won’t get runny — never before realized why some smoothies go bad in the fridge and others don’t. I so do not miss working out at 5:30 in the morning!

  3. Nicola Says:

    The Berry smoothie is the most delicious smoothie ever! I have one every morning now! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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