This past Fourth of July, I made my fiancé an awesome metabolism-boosting smoothie from this website. It was going to help us start our day right because it was inevitable that we'd end up nomming on chips 'n queso, BBQ, beer, and 'ritas. (God bless Amurrica!) Problem was, I realized that I didn't have most of the essential ingredients for that smoothie anymore! And I didn't have the ingredients for my second favorite smoothie, either. Blast it! What was I to do? Make stuff up and pray it turned out okay, of course. I completely winged it. Here's what resulted: Chocolate Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie: Serves one You'll need: - 6 oz. Chobani Greek yogurt (I used the strawberry flavor for an extra-sweet kick) - 1/3 C. fresh chopped strawberries - A handful of blueberries, to add the blue in the red, white, and blue - Dash of milk (I used vanilla almond) - One heaping spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder - Spoonful almond butter - 1 tbsp. flax seed meal - Handful and a half-ish of spinach - Cinnamon - Ice 1. Dump everything in the blender in the order I list the ingredients. 2. Blend until smooth. 3. Garnish with a strawberry and sprinkle cocoa powder/cinnamon! Here was the thought process - the yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries add the red, white, and blue components I was looking for. Berries are healthy because they give a huge boost of antioxidants, protecting you from free radicals. This is why you should incorporate berries into your diet each day to ward off cancer and other diseases. They also have low sugar, so they are helpful for people with type 2 diabetes. Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt. It also provides probiotics, which helps give you a flat tummy and promote good digestion, which in turn leads to good health. (Have some each day to help GI problems!) I added it in the smoothie to make it creamier. Cocoa is good in moderation. It decreases blood pressure and helps control cholesterol. As they say, a little square of dark chocolate is a good snack with antioxidants! Plus, it's kind of my favorite thing ever. Almond butter, or almonds, balances electrolytes and gives a good dose of fiber and protein, in addition to giving good cholesterol (according to livestrong.com). Plus, it gives a good micronutrient, vitamin E, which helps repair cell damage. Flax seed gives a hefty dose of fiber and omega-3s (a great option for people who don't eat fish). Both fiber and omega-3s are great for your GI tract. Fiber helps keep everything moving, thus eliminating toxins, and omega-3s coat your mucosa lining from your esophagus to your bum, lubricating bowel movements. Spinach, as you see from this picture from popeye.com, is a superfood. I find that it's best to toss spinach in smoothies to get those nutrients, as you can't even taste it in that context. Greens should also be incorporated into your daily diet to prevent cancer. It gives you niacin, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium - basically everything, ha! I tossed it in to give my smoothie a healthy kick without tasting the green. Cinnamon helps stave off cravings and is also used as a medicine in many parts of the world. It reduces inflammation and bacteria. So there you have it! I think it's fun to see how healthy I can make something and still have it taste delicious. :)
I forgot to take a picture until I was almost done. Whoops!