I used to love mixing drinks. But now — fast approaching my five-year anniversary of sobriety — I am pretty much relegated to cream in my coffee and a lemon in my club soda. It’s not very exciting.
So on occasion I put a little extra umph in my smoothie making.
Ever since Jamba Juice became a national player, people have flocked to smoothies as a healthy alternative to eating a good way to load up on essential vitamins and other beneficial foods. But most smoothies are also loaded with calories and sugar, which diminishes the benefits significantly. I still love Jamba Juice on occasion but I try to stick to my own smoothies where I can curtail the sugar and push toward a higher balance with increased fats and proteins along with the inevitable carbs.
I do this by infusing the smoothies with vegetables whenever I can. I also never add sweeteners like honey, allowing the fruit to do that work. I use plain Greek yogurt instead of any flavored kind. I also pack in the protein powder and other powerhouse superfoods like flax seeds, chia seeds and others.
It all combines to make a more balanced, effective smoothie that rewards the bride and I after a hard workout or long run.
Here’s the latest one I concocted:
- Fresh pineapple
- frozen mango chunks
- one banana
- coconut water
- grapefruit juice
- half an avocado
- chia seeds
- protein powder
- dash of salt