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my acai protein smoothieA 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)

0.5 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 really affects the texture of your smoothie)

optional: one serving of protein powder

optional: two large kale leaf OR one extra-large collard green leaf (cleaned)

 

smoothie ingredientsClick below for additional notes…

  • I find that ice waters down the flavor.
  • If you aren’t concerned about sugar intake, go ahead and add frozen blueberries and strawberries. OH MAN! So yummy.
  • Vitamina is what they call smoothies in Brazil.
  • If you don’t use frozen ingredients it won’t stay cold.
  • Acai is expensive but super high in antioxidants. But honestly, frozen blueberries is probably a healthier and cheaper option, also with great antioxidants.
  • Some people don’t like bananas, but it won’t have a super banana-ish flavor if you use a fruit like acai with strong flavor.
  • Doubling your protein powder will only make the smoothie taste chalky. Use no more than 50% more protein powder.
  • Using more than one large collard green leaf will make your smoothie have big green specks and a grassy flavor on the back end.

 

 

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