While I’ve always loved smoothies, I try not to buy them too often in the city. Smoothies from Jamba Juice are often filled with sugar, but the price of smoothies from juice bars can definitely add up. The solution, of course, would be to start making my own smoothies. They’re cheaper and (can be) healthier. For some reason, I never bought a blender during the first two years I lived in Manhattan. However, since moving in with a friend in August, I’ve started to make smoothies using her Cuisinart Compact-Smoothie Blender.
The most convenient part about this blender is that the to-go cups can be attached directly to the body for blending. I often cut and scoop all of my smoothie ingredients into a cup the night before I want to drink it. In the morning, I remove the cup from the refrigerator, blend the smoothie, screw a to-go lid on the cup, and drink breakfast on my way to work. When I don’t do this, I have a bad habit of waiting to eat breakfast when I get to work around 9am.
I often use what I already have in my kitchen to make a smoothie. This adds to the convenience factor of making them for breakfast, and the results usually turn out well. About two weeks ago, I combined a peach, half of a banana, Chobani yogurt, vanilla extract, and apple cider. The result was delicious. This recipe also gives you a boost of Vitamins A /C, potassium, fiber, and other natural goodness.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? I’d love to try it!