How many of you have tried liquid diets or juicing cleanses? It’s not the most appetizing nor pleasant experience. Great to do once in a while to detox but on a regular basis, why not make something that’s delicious, low in fat, and good for you?
Today I made one of my all-time favorite smoothies – strawberry banana peach yogurt smoothy with a blast of untoasted wheat germ and flax seed. Sounds like a mouthful huh? =) Super simple, cheap, and quick to make. You will probably pay close to $10 for a smoothie like this at Jamba Juice. For $9 I bought a large 18 oz pan of blueberries, two 16 oz pans of strawberries, and 4 bananas – enough to make 6 different smoothies! And purchased on the street fruit carts on the Upper East side, no less!
Here’s what goes into your blender – some cubes of ice, a handful of fresh strawberries (cut off the stems and cut in halves), one fresh banana cut into pieces, some frozen sliced peaches, a dollop of fat free plain yogurt, and a sprinkle of untoasted wheat germ and ground flax seed. Flax seeds are usually purchased whole and you can grind them with your blender if you have a chopper accessory with your blender. (Check out my Sprinkle This… section for more information about wheat germ and flax seeds). I measure my smoothie by tasting the concoction after the first blend. If it’s too thick, I add some fat free milk. If it’s too watery, I add some more frozen peaches or fruit. Once you make this smoothie enough times, you can eyeball everything and know exactly how you like it. I like my smoothie a bit thicker and icier, so I often add more ice cubes to make it almost like a cold fruit frosty!
Smoothies are great because they are filling, economical, easy to make and eat – especially if you are always on-the-go. Remember, you can be creative and put whatever you like in them. Have fun during the process and make your blender your new best friend!