Back to basics: Smoothies

As you may know, I’m drinking all the smoothies lately.

It was my go-to breakfast this summer, then the weather got cold and I took a break for a while, but they are back in my life in full force.

One of my good friends asked me recently about smoothie recipes, so I thought I’d put together a post with my personal smoothie formula. πŸ™‚

BusyBod: The Perfect Smoothie Formula

Now, by perfect, I mean perfect for me. Obviously, everyone has their own specific tastes and preferences. But after a few years of messing around on my own (without bothering to do anything helpful like look up recipes to try…), I found that this formula works for me.

There are two basic rules I follow for smoothies: 1) always use banana, and 2) never use yogurt.

Bananas are the key to make a smoothie creamy and frothy. Without it, you end up with something like juice or something like a slushy. The no yogurt rule is definitely a personal preference. I used toΒ always use yogurt, but I felt like my smoothie coated my throat and I hated that. I finally realized the yogurt was to blame, so now I never use it.


  1. Banana – Usually one half. A whole banana will make it even frothier but for me that’s a little much. I save the second half for a snack with peanut butter later in the morning. In the summer, I cut up banana and keep it in the freezer. Using frozen banana gives the smoothie a milkshake consistency which is divine.
  2. Other fruit – Preferably frozen. For me, this is usually berries, but sometime I use pineapple or something else creative. Between the banana and the other fruit, my individual smoothie cup is about 3/4 full. This is what really dictates the flavor of your smoothie.
  3. Liquid – I always use unsweetened original almond milk, but you can use whatever you like. I fill the cup to just above the fruit. About 1 cup.
  4. Protein (optional) – I usually add protein powder and the amount depends on the flavor and on what else is in the smoothie. Lately I’ve been using vanilla protein powder. I find vanilla a little overpowering so I only use about a third of a scoop. If it’s right after a workout I might bump it up to a full scoop.
  5. Extras (optional) –Β Extras add nutritional or other value to your smoothie without changing the flavor. This can be lots of things. My baby blender doesn’t handle greens very well but I still add them from time to time. Chia seeds make it extra filling. Oats are another favorite of mine. Sometimes I’ll add 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats again to make it extra filling.

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25 comments on “Back to basics: Smoothies

  1. erin @ The Almond Eater

    Love this! Smoothies are definitely all about experimenting. I also almost always add a banana and never add yogurt (but that’s because I don’t like yogurt). Milk is key and I agree about the vanilla protein powder–if it’s right after a workout of if I want it to be more of a protein smoothie then I’ll add a full scoop but otherwise I’ll just leave it out because it can take away from the flavor sometimes.

    1. BusyBod Post author

      I’ve been having them for breakfast because they are quick, easy, and a good way to get a dose of vitamins and protein in the morning – and because I like them. But of course a regular breakfast with all those elements is just as good!

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Seriously… can it PLEASE be summer? I know I can’t complain since it’s colder up in the great white north, but I’m really starting to struggle! I need some warm weather, time outside, and sunshine.

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Agreed! I love greek yogurt on it’s own, but no thanks in my smoothie. πŸ™‚ I used to go through phases with bananas as a kid, but now that I’m all grown up they are seriously the most versatile fruit. I don’t know what I would do without them!

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Thanks lady! I really need to get a more powerful blender so I can incorporate greens better. I add them sometimes but my cheapy blender basically just reduces it to smaller leaves instead of really blending it.

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Really?! That’s so tough. I can’t have most fruits because of my food intolerance, but I at least have a few I can eat (obviously). Also pumpkin smoothies? Totally a thing, I had a bunch this fall πŸ™‚

  2. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Love this! I used to love using peanut flour in my smoothies as it is packed with protein and makes it taste like peanut butter.

    I selfishly would love to see what yoga exercises you can do (if any), that only involve the legs ie could be done with an injured wrist πŸ˜‰ but that topic may be way way too specific.

    1. BusyBod Post author

      I’ve actually never had peanut flour, is that weird?! There are lots of poses you can do! I’ve never done a sequence that way, but it’s definitely possible. I know yogaglo has one that is standing/seated poses only, I bet you could find a free version too. πŸ™‚

  3. Kat

    This is awesome! Im a huge smoothie love as well, especially in the summer months! I crave them non stop! Bananas are the #1 ingredient for me in smoothies. I cant seem to make a good one without them! They just add such a wonderful creamy factor πŸ™‚ And I also always dump in some flaxseeds!
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  4. Jenn

    Sounds like the perfect smoothie! I agree, never use yogurt and banana makes it better for sure. I also like adding ground flax seed for some extra omega3 and fiber. I am trying your smoothie in the morning routine btw πŸ™‚
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Oh awesome! I hope it’s going well for you! Does the flax change the flavor? I’ve thought about adding it but haven’t tried it yet.


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