I’m not typically a smoothie person. I want food, dang it! But after all the sweet, heavy, and copious amounts of foods I’ve consumed over the Holidays, I need a “super” health boost. Enter the superfoods in the form of a quick, easy, handy dandy smoothie. I can do this!
What is a superfood, you ask? A superfood is a food that is high in nutrients and considered beneficial to your health. In other words, a marketing tool to make healthy food sound cool enough to eat it up. Who doesn’t like super, right? The term is not scientific or regulated and there are no hard and fast rules as to what makes a food a superfood, but one thing all alleged superfoods have in common is they’re essentially a single food that does not have a label with a list of ingredients. The rule of thumb is the more ingredients, the lower the quality of the food. To make the smoothie it’s best to use a combination of fresh and frozen foods.
I used some frozen fruit for a few reasons:
1. Frozen is often the healthiest option. Even healthier than fresh.
2. I like the ease and shelf life of frozen.
3. It makes the smoothie cold.
I can’t say I’ve personally ever made a yogurt smoothie until now- so I’m no expert in them. In fact, I’m not seeing as many yogurt smoothies around as I used to. I’m seeing more green juice drinks. But I like yogurt, particularly Greek yogurt, for a few reasons:
1. 6 ounces of Greek yogurt is packed with protein (around 18 grams), about double the amount of regular yogurt.
2. By using yogurt, I feel like I can actually replace a meal with my smoothie. I don’t feel the same way about juice…..just me.
3. I think acidophilus is my friend
I made this recipe using ingredients I like; that I believe to have a high nutrition value. Smoothies are very adaptable and easy to add and exchange ingredients. These ingredients were easy to find in my local grocery store requiring no special trips to a health store. Yea!
Guess what??? The smoothie turned out SUPER good! Thick and drinkable, or eat it with a spoon. You CANNOT taste the spinach, only the fruit. Ok now I’m annoying myself with all this super talk. Enjoy!
- 2 (6 oz.) packages of Chobani Blueberry Non-fat Yogurt, or 1 cup
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed mill (I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 Tbsp. honey crunch wheat germ
- 1 kiwi, peeled, quartered
- 2 cups tightly packed fresh, baby spinach
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 6 frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 cup ice (add a little water if you want a more liquid consistency)
- Put the yogurt, banana, flaxseed, and wheat germ in a blender or food processor and blend smooth.
- Add kiwi and spinach and blend smooth.
- Add blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, honey, flaxseed, and wheat germ and blend smooth.
- Add ice and blend smooth.