With the unseasonably warm weather last week, I was motivated to make some refreshing smoothies. Of course, smoothies can be enjoyed any time of year.
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, as well as increase milk intake for that all important calcium.
Personally, I have experimented with a variety of ways to make smoothies, and I am not always happy with the results. Don’t be fooled into thinking that all you need to do is throw a bunch of “stuff” in a blender and it will taste good. Different ingredients will create different textures and flavors, some better than others.
I have discovered that I prefer using almond milk (vanilla flavored) in my smoothies. I like the creamy texture it produces, without the fat and calories of whole milk. Skim and lowfat milk seems to be more watery and I don’t find it as filling.
So here is a simple recipe for a healthy mid-day (or morning) treat.
2 cups Ice
1 cup Vanilla-flavored Almond Milk
1 cup Fresh Strawberries
Place in blender, in the above order. First use *ice crucher* setting until the ice is broken down and blended through. Then switch to *smoothie* setting for about 30 seconds. Pour and serve! Makes between 3-4 servings.
Nutrition Information: (based on 8 oz. serving) 22 calories, 1 g Fat, 3.5 g Carbohydrates, 0.5 g Protein