Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe #22: My Own Smoothie...Every Morning, and Sometimes in the Afternoon

I have never been a big fruit eater....vegetables, well that's another story.  It's not to say I don't like fruit, but would always prefer having a big salad with about 10 things in it.  Then came my Nutribullet, and my life did a complete 180.  If you don't know what one is, you might be interested in looking it up to find out more about it.  The point is, now I get my fruit in the form of a smoothie.  I know this isn't a new concept...I have one friend that I worked with who would bring one every day.  Megan would have this large concoction of something green looking like it was right out a swamp.  But, it smelled good, so I thought I would look into getting something that could do the same thing.  Hence, my Nurtibullet and my smoothie.  I had to experiment a bit to get one that I really liked, and came up with the recipe below.   I have to tell you, my favorite thing to drink in the whole world is a  great chocolate shake, but even better, a superb chocolate malt.  I remember having the BEST one in my life a few years ago at "The Ice Cream Man" (I had to hunt the town down looking at my atlas) in Greenwich, New York.  Leslie and I were in Vermont and I wanted to take her to Saratoga Springs so we could go shopping with the elite.  I'm very glad the place is not nearby...I would be in big trouble.  But, if you don't live too far, and have never been there, (it's east of Saratoga on route 29) then you must go.  But, back to the smoothie.  I have, at times, actually chosen making myself one of these instead of going for a malt near where I live.  Now, that's some change!

1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut up                                      1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries*
6-8 frozen bing cherries*                                                 1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 heaping tbsp Tillamook vanilla bean yogurt             1 packet Equal, or your sweetener of choice
4 strawberries, moreso when they're in season              about 1/4 cup hot water

I usually put the flax seeds in between the fruit so it blends better.  Mix the whole thing up.  If it's too thick, and I still have some small chunks, I add a little more hot water.  Bon appetit!

*I usually buy bags of frozen blueberries and bing cherries at my grocery store.  They store well and by using frozen, you eliminate the need for ice.


 
 
 
 



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