Basic Smoothie Recipe

I love living in a world of creativity.  The only thing is that it’s not always the easiest to find.  It’s not because it isn’t there.  It’s because we’re too busy to notice it or perhaps we’ve convinced ourselves (with an influence from social media) that our environment is too boring.  

A lot of the time you can find huge amounts of creativity in the seemingly smallest of places.  So imagine my surprise when I came across the smoothie of the day at my gym which they gave the iconic name of Beynana (Beyoncé Berries, Jay Z Coconut Water, Blue Ivy Almond Milk, Honey, Bananas, & Vanilla Protein).  So clever, so fun, and yet so simple!  It’s hard not to have even the slightest smile.  Turns out I had all the ingredients to make my own version at home!  Yessssss!   

Was it good?  Ummm.. do girls run the world?  Halo Yes!  

Smoothies can be really easy to make and I'm always surprised by smoothie cookbooks that are out there.  Save yourselves some money because all you need to do is focus on this simple lesson in creativity:  create!  This basic smoothie formula will help too.  You can apply this to any future smoothie concoction.  Figure out a clever name and you'll soon have your own recipe book for smoothies!   

Now, I will caveat this by saying like exercise, diet, religion, and relationships a smoothie is a personal thing and this recipe may not work for everyone’s flavor palettes.  For example, I know some people like to use a ton of ice  and as you’ll read below, I do not.  So definitely let me know what you think of this and how you decide to personalize this recipe for yourself.

Basic Smoothie Formula – Serving Size 1

  • 8 oz of liquid (almond milk, coconut water, etc – I would not recommend plain water)

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of something frozen (ice or frozen fruit or veggies)

To take this to the next level, also add:

  • A few dashes of complimentary spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, basically anything you’d put in a pie)

  • A drizzle of your fav local honey

  • 1 serving of a probiotic and/or other supplements (love Aloha green powder!)

  • 1 scoop of protein source - either protein powder or almond butter

Throw it all in a blender until you don’t hear the chunks grating against the blades anymore.  I love to use this time to sing (close to) the top of my lungs and by the time I get to a point in the song where I can’t remember the words then the smoothie is typically done.  Pour into your favorite glass, add a straw, and Voila!

So if you’re a smoothie novice or a smoothie expert I’d love to hear your recipes, tips, and even questions!  And if you need a creativity challenge then answer this question:  if you were a smoothie what would be your recipe?