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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Smoothies are a very versatile drink. They can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make them. The most important thing is that they are nutritious and filling. One simple smoothie in the morning for breakfast can give you all the stuff you need for a great start to your day. And, all you need is a blender and a few ingredients!
Beware, not all smoothies are created equal. If you frequent the local smoothie shop, make sure you've checked out what's going into your favorite drink. Just because it's a smoothie doesn't mean it's good for you. Some are packed with extra sugar, calories, and acids. If you're making them at home, you have more control over the ingredients and you can customize them to your specific nutritional and/or training needs.
I've tried several different smoothie recipes and the recipe below is the result of playing around with different ingredients until I found the right combination of protein and flavor that works for me. I usually have this smoothie two or three times a week for breakfast. Because of the amount of protein, it also makes a great recovery drink after a hard workout or long run. The Greek yogurt alone has 20 grams of protein!
The great thing about this recipe is that anything goes. Don't like Greek yogurt or want less protein? Try a more traditional variety of yogurt. Want more protein? Add some vanilla-flavored whey protein powder. Prefer the texture of a slushy? Use frozen fruit. Don't like orange juice? Use pineapple. Try it out and let me know what you think.
For more smoothie recipes, go to www.smoothieweb.com.
Protien Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen fruit
Place the yogurt and juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Keep the blender on puree while adding the fruit. Increase the blender speed to blend until all the ingredients are smooth and frothy.
• If you like a sweeter smoothie, add Splenda to taste.
• Try a combination of fruit such as bananas and strawberries or blueberries and bananas
• Add a scoop of vanilla-flavored whey protein powder for an extra dose of protein