I’ve been treating myself to a Panera smoothie every Friday during the summers for a few years now. I like that they’re made with yogurt, but the added sugars? Not so much.
Then I got Ellie Krieger’s So Easy last weekend to kickstart my weekday dinners. I was in a rut. While thumbing through it I saw several smoothie recipes.
Reading through them I realized how easy it is to make a smoothie at home. Even before work! Now I’m hooked.
Here’s a recipe for one of my favorites.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
adapted from Ellie Krieger’s So Easy
1/4 cup of wheat germ
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup fat free french vanilla or plain yogurt (I get the 32 oz tubs from Stonyfield)
1/2 frozen banana
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 cup ice (for me, this is 13 ice cubes)
The order here is important – it took me a few tries before I got a smooth drink.
- Put the wheat germ and almonds in a blender. Blend on high until the almonds are minced into drinkable pieces.
- Add the yogurt and milk. I don’t use a measuring cup. First I spoon in the yogurt, then I pour in the milk until it hits 8 ounces. This is morning time and I’m going for quick prep and minimal clean up. Blend on high to combine.
- Add the banana and strawberries. Blend on high until the fruit is well-chopped. I sometimes need to stir with a spoon mid-way through to move the frozen bits.
- Finally, add the ice cubes and blend on high once more. Again, I’ll sometimes need to stir it up with a spoon to dislodge any frozen bits.
Pour into your favorite drink container. Since I drink this in the car during my commute, I needed to find an insulating cup that didn’t drip from condensation. My Aladdin Double-Walled to-go Tumbler, 20-Ounce does the trick! And it comes in my favorite color – pink (and a few others too). It does get a bit of condensation on it when I use it in humid weather on the patio, but stays completely dry during my commute. My smoothie stays frozen, my tummy gets full and my outfit stays drip-free.
A great start to my day.