Summer means smoothies! But not icy, chunky smoothies â€“ yuck! So, whatâ€™s the secret to creamy smoothies?
Hint: itâ€™s definitely not about the blender! Sure, those $500 Vitamixs are nice, but they arenâ€™t necessary. The $50 blender I stole from my ex-boyfriend in our epic break-up 8 years ago works just fine, thankyouverymuch. He might have (temporarily) taken my pride, but I got the blender. Zing!!!
The secret is FROZEN FRUIT. Fresh fruit (especially bananas) just doesnâ€™t recreate the same thick, creamy texture.
I buy bags of frozen strawberries or raspberries (because they are often cheaper than buying fresh and freezing myself), but I always freeze my own bananas. Buy a bunch, wait until they go brown, peel and slice, and drop in a freezer-safe bag. Once you blend it up, I promise it will create the dreamiest, creamiest smoothie ever.
In the mix today:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons Standard Process Non-Dairy Protein Powder
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 2 tablespoons sunflower butter
Another secret (if you have a crappy blender): Put the milk and the lightest ingredients in first, and add the heaviest ingredients last. So to blender this smoothie successfully, I blended the milk, raspberries, protein powder, and sunflower butter first, and then I added the banana.