Happy 2015! Another year gone by, another new one to tackle. I didn’t make New Year’s resolutions this year but am always inspired by everybody’s renewed interest in health, nutrition and wellness after the holidays. The media is bursting with fitness tips, exercise routines and weight loss recipes. You can’t watch TV without seeing ads for home exercise equipment. The gym is packed (albeit temporarily, thankfully!).
I plan on sticking to my current diet and fitness routine (nutritious, largely plant-based home cooked meals + 6 days per week of alternating strength training, barre classes, hot yoga and cycling – 1 hour each), though I could probably stand to eat less cheese and even more fruits and vegetables. Happily, all the talk about healthy living at this time of year serves as an added boost of inspiration.
It was this surge of inspiration, along with a fresh set of new cookbooks I got for Christmas, that led me to make a green smoothie for breakfast this morning. The recipe is based on Thug Kitchen’s “Basic Shit” sidebar called Green Smoothies Shouldn’t Taste Like Grass (man, I love that book! And no, this post is not sponsored; my husband bought it for me!).
It gives you a good overview of the right proportion of ingredients which I used as a guide to build this banana, kale and strawberry smoothie. In a nutshell, the formula for one smoothie is:
- 2 cups greens (e.g., kale)
- 1 cup creamy fruit (e.g., banana)
- 3/4 cup sweet fruit (e.g., frozen strawberries)
- 1 1/2 cups liquid (e.g., almond milk + Greek yogurt)
I also added cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix because half of my brain is still in the Caribbean piña colada mindset! You can leave it out or add more as you wish.
Same goes for the almond milk and Greek yogurt combo. Feel free to use regular cow’s milk (1% works) if you prefer it. Greek yogurt adds a nice hit of creaminess and tang plus some extra protein, but if you don’t have any, simply leave it out.
I made this same smoothie on Christmas Eve using my mom’s Vitamix, but it worked just as well with my Kitchenaid Architect blender back at home. If your blender isn’t the greatest, you might want to soften any frozen ingredients before adding them to avoid putting strain on the motor. I’ve actually had lower grade blenders crap out on me–more than once with different models and brands–for this reason. As long as you think before you blend, you’ll be fine!
Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? What are you hoping to achieve in 2015?
- 2 cups kale (leaves only)
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until liquified. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
- The kale, bananas and strawberries can be either fresh or frozen, but I prefer frozen because it yields a nice cold smoothie.