Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

Emeril’s Mango Lassi

Emeril’s Mango Lassi

Emeril's Mango Lassi
Serves 2
Mango Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage that combines mango, sugar, plain yogurt, and a few other ingredients depending on who's making it. This is one from Food Network superstar, Emeril Lagasse.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups diced fresh mango
  2. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  3. 1/2 cup ice cubes
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoons rose water
  6. 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
Instructions
  1. Remove Vitamix lid and combine the rose water, orange juice, mango, ice, and honey. Replace lid and turn on Variable 1, then increase to high speed. Blend until well-combined; roughly 30 seconds. Add the yogurt and process until frothy. Check mixture around 45 seconds. Consistency should be thick, but pourable.
Notes
  1. For a vegan version, try adding either soy or almond yogurt in place of milk-based yogurt. For an added twist, use 1/2 Roma tomato and 1/4 medium avocado without skin. The tomato will give the lassi its characteristic tanginess, and the avocado will help with the creaminess.
  2. Cool mango picture from: spiceend.com
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
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Mango Lassi

Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie
Serves 1
I dug this because it's a nice balance of fruit and veggies, and you can weight it one way or the other if you want to adapt it to your own tastes. The addition of the Greek yogurt gives that little boost of protein, and you could up it even more with some raw almonds.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana, roughly chopped
  2. 4 or 5 strawberries
  3. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  4. 1 small peach, peeled and roughly chopped
  5. 1 heaping cup (or more) fresh spinach leaves, thoroughly rinsed
  6. splash vanilla soy milk
  7. 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  8. 2 teaspoons honey
  9. 1/2 cup crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
  2. * Makes a very large smoothie. Two could easily share.
Adapted from Sing For Your Supper Blog
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