I’m not a fan of breakfast. When I wake up in the morning I just don’t feel like eating, even for the “most important meal of the day”. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast foods but not when I’m already not hungry to begin with and rushing out for my morning commute. Not eating is probably a terrible way to start the day, which is why smoothies are such a lifesaver. Not only are they fast and easy to make, but all you have to do is drink them and they fill you up until you’re ready for an actual meal.
After many years of attempting smoothie recipes, I’ve found that the best ones I’ve ever made are the ones where I actually don’t follow any recipes.
What you like & what you’re in the mood for depends on how you’re going to make your smoothie. For instance, this morning I had a simpler smoothie without too many components because I only had a few things to work with. That’s the beauty of smoothies; they don’t need too many ingredients in order to still be good.
They’re also great because you can put in healthy ingredients like kale or spinach – which you may not like on their own – and disguise the tastes with fruity flavours instead! When I’m going for the healthier route, I substitute milk for almond milk, use kale/spinach, Whey protein powder, low fat yogurt and honey if it needs extra sweetening. My usual go-to ingredients can also include bananas, blueberries, strawberries, peaches and orange juice. I don’t often add crushed ice because some of the fruit I use is frozen already.
If you’re feeling more devious and you’re not too worried about being health conscious, you can add in things like ice cream, chocolate sauce and peanut butter. You may even prefer this type of smoothie-milkshake hybrid… I don’t blame you, it’s delicious.
So here’s the trick: the perfect smoothie depends entirely on you. Put whatever you like in it and guaranteed it will be delicious. As I said, the best ones I’ve made were made without recipes so I avoid them unless I’m looking for something specific. Eyeballing the ingredients usually works for me but if you’re the kind of person who needs specific measurements, go for a recipe! I found some tasty ones here and here. It all comes down to your preferences.