A few years ago, smoothies became the snack du jour. They were touted as diet food (meal replacements) and soon smoothie shops started popping up everywhere. We were paying $5 and $6 for fruit blended together. And ultimately all we did was increase our sugar intake.
After a few studies regarding the myths and facts about smoothies, we got smart! The public demanded that smoothie shops add veggies, yogurt and/or protein to the mix. Home electronic companies jumped on the bandwagon and started marketing “smoothie makers”. So now everyone has a bullet or ninja at home to make their own.
I don’t have either of those, but my blender is no slouch! And I make some amazing smoothies with it. Remember: when it comes to cooking, its not all about the tool– its about the ingredients.
Anyway, I call smoothies my frenemy because they are so yummy (friend), but so sugary (enemy). So I like all frenemies, I take them in small small doses. And what do I put in mine? Seriously only a handful of quality ingredients. And NO ice.
The DineWithDani Acai Protein Smoothie/Vitamina
1 cup plain greek yogurt (flavored yogurt has too much sugar and the texture ruins the smoothie)
1 pack of Sambazon Acai puree (it says sweetened, but its really not sweet- and if you have another brand– it’ll work)
1 frozen banana (when bananas are on the way to being overly ripe, I peel them and freeze them in a ziplock bag for smoothies at a later date)
.5 cup of almond milk (you can use cashew milk, skim milk, lactaid or whatever you have)
1tbsp of honey (i choose raw honey and honestly it isn’t just for sweetness, it also affects the texture of your smoothie as well)
optional: one serving of protein powder
optional: one large kale leaf or collard green leaf (cleaned)
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