Spring time is smoothie time! Something about warm weather just makes me crave them. I go through phases where I just can’t get enough of smoothies, and now is one of those times! My criteria for smoothies is pretty simple: 1) fast, 2) easy, 3) filling enough to actually be a meal, and 4) delicious! The fast and easy part has been forever solved thanks to our NINJA, a wedding gift I fall in love with all over again every time I use it.
I love that the Ninja has individual serving attachments. I used to use this one, but the blades are at the bottom of the cup, so it was impossible to clean (and they weren’t very sharp… and I burnt out the motor… oops). The Ninja, on the other hand, is super easy to clean since it blends upside-down and then you replace the blade attachment with a lid. Genius!
Anyway, I have experimented with smoothies for years, and I definitely haven’t always been happy with the results in terms of deliciousness and fillingness. However, yesterday morning, I tried a simple smoothie recipe I concocted the night before based on what I had in the kitchen and voila! Deliciousness! Perfect consistency and so filling I can barely finish it. As I promised yesterday morning on facebook, here is the recipe:
Banana Pineapple Breakfast Smoothie
8 chunks of pineapple, frozen
1/4 c. oats (old fashioned)
3/4 c. skim milk
When you freeze the pineapple (or any fruit), lay it out flat in tupperware or on a cookie sheet so it doesn’t freeze into a giant glob. I used fresh pineapple because we happened to have some, but you could use canned if you’re in a pinch (although fresh is always better). I think you can actually buy frozen chunks too, which would be super convenient.
Combine, blend, and enjoy! It’s the PERFECT consistency. Love love love. By my calculation it’s 289 calories, and hearty enough to be your breakfast! I’ve had it two days in a row 🙂
If you’re non-dairy (or even if you aren’t), coconut milk could be a delicious substitution, and if you use unsweetened, it should shave off a few calories. As for the oats, I have to say I was very skeptical about the idea of using them, but I saw it in so many places (including this delicious looking recipe from Heart Shaped Sweat) I was intrigued. After making a Pinterest muffin recipe that had batter made from blended oats, I decided to give it a try since the blender made them so smooth. I have to say I’m very happy with the result, the oats blend right in, add fiber, and make it all the more filling. Maybe I’ll even be brave enough to try spinach in a smoothie soon.
Tomorrow, I’m trying out another concoction with a focus on protein. If it works out, I’ll share soon. Do you have any smoothie recipes you love? If you try this one, let me know how you like it 🙂