Staple Smoothies

Everyone loves a good smoothie whether its packed with fruit or protein. I’ve found it’s easiest to use frozen fruit instead of ice for smoothies since it doesn’t water your drink down at all. Usually I’ll freeze whatever fruit I have if it looks like it may spoil soon, or buy pre-frozen fruit. You can also add unflavored or flavored protein to any of these smoothies for an extra protein boost! Grab your blender and a reusable straw because you’re going to want one of these!

  1. Acai Smoothie

This is so easy and packed with antioxidants! Acai isn’t a very sweet fruit, so I like to add bananas or strawberries to make it more flavorful.

What you need:

  • Frozen acai packets – I purchase mine at Trader Joe’s!
  • Milk – almond, LF, etc
  • Favorite fruits – bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds (ground)

A little tip with the acai packets: let them sit out for about 5-10 minutes to defrost! It’s a lot easier to blend when it’s slightly thawed. Add your milk, fruit, chia seeds, and flax seeds to your blender, and you’re done!

2. Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie mixture because I love coffee and I struggle to eat enough protein daily sometimes. I usually drink this in the morning before I have class or work to give me a little boost of energy.

What you need:

  • 1-2 scoops of flavored or unflavored protein – I recently got coffee flavored protein and I’ve found this is the best! Chocolate works well, too.
  • 1 cup of coffee (cold)
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • Milk or creamer of your choice
  • Ice
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax Seeds (ground)
  • Chocolate or caramel sauce (optional)

3. Classic Strawberry Banana

Everyone loves a classic smoothie. My all time favorite smoothie is strawberry banana, but I love to make this one at home because I know exactly what’s going in it!

What you need:

  • 1-2 bananas frozen
  • Large handful of strawberries frozen
  • Handful of blueberries frozen
  • Almond milk or regular
  • Vanilla yogurt (2-3 tbsp)
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

4. Green Smoothie

These look gross, but are so good! I love adding greens to my smoothie because you can’t actually taste them in your drink and it adds so many nutrients so win-win!

What you need:

  • handful of spinach (kale would work also)
  • 1-2 bananas frozen
  • 1/2 mango frozen
  • 1/2 pear
  • Almond milk or regular
  • Vanilla yogurt (2-3 tbsp)
  • Chia seeds

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