Friday, August 3, 2012

Two Healthy Smoothies!

So after ~6 years of not having a functioning blender, I recently bought The Ninja!!  I was (and still am) pretty excited, since anyone I spoke to who owns one had nothing but rave reviews to give.  Although you can definitely do all kinds of stuff with it, I bought it primarily for it's smoothie-making capabilities.  I'm trying to experiment a bit, and wanted to share with you a couple of the smoothies I've been enjoying.  

Healthy Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie

Adapted from the recipe on Sterling Style.  Makes ~2 smoothies.

You'll need:

1/2 - 1 whole banana, frozen
2 tbs cocoa powder
2 tbs peanut butter
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk/almond milk, plus a splash more
a few ice cubes, depending on how thick you want it to be
honey, to taste (optional)

Toss everything into your blender (minus the honey) and blend away!  Give it a taste.  If it isn't sweet enough, add a drizzle of honey, then blend again.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Nectarine Smoothie

Adapted from the Baltic Maid.  Makes ~2 smoothies

You'll need:

1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced and frozen
1 nectarine, cut into wedges and frozen
1 banana (mine was frozen)
1 1/2 cups milk/almond milk, maybe a bit more
1/2 cup quick oats
honey, optional

Toss it all, minus honey, in the blender.  Blend it up.  Add more milk if it's too thick.  Taste it for sweetness.  Enjoy!

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