No time for a meal? Make yourself a smoothie! They are a quick easy fix when you are in a pinch. You can add protein, fruits, and veggies that are jammed packed with all the nutrition your body needs. Plus, if you add greens, it will give you a great boost of energy to get you through your morning without the dramatic drop you feel an hour after your cup of coffee.
If you are feeling lazy in Chicago or you are in the mood to try out some cool, unique recipes there are several great restaurants specializing in juices and smoothies. Here are a few of my favorites. Check them out if you are in the hood.
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7 Amazingly Delicious Smoothies That Will Transform Your Morning
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Smoothies are the easiest way to eat breakfast. They’re delicious, portable, and simple enough for the pre-coffee brain to handle. Registered dietitians Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh have created a week-long healthy eating plan that includes seven satisfying smoothies as part of SELF’s Best Bodies Challenge.
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1. Cherry-Vanilla Smoothie
In a blender, process 1 1/4 cups nonfat plain yogurt, 1 1/4 cups frozen cherries, 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 2 tbsp sliced almonds, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp cinnamon on high until smooth, 1 minute. For thicker consistency, add 1/2 cup ice.
2. Sweet Peach Smoothie
In a blender, process 2 cups peach slices, 3 oz silken tofu (1/3 cup cubes), 1 1/2 tbsp almond butter, 1/8 tsp ground turmeric, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 cup ice on high until smooth, 1 minute.
3. Mega Greens Smoothie
In a blender, process 1 cup spinach, 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1 small frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple bites, 1/4 avocado, 1 tbsp parsley and 2 tsp olive oil until smooth, 1 minute.
4. Cocoa-Banana Smoothie
In a blender, process 1 ripe banana, 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp almond butter, 3 oz silken tofu (1/3 cup cubes), 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 cup ice cubes on high until smooth, 1 minute.
5. Pineapple-Kale Smoothie
In a blender, process 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 ripe banana, 1 cup kale, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt on high until smooth, 1 minute.
6. Blueberry Smoothie
In a blender, process 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup kale, 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1/2 large frozen banana and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk on high until smooth, 1 minute.
7. Strawberry-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie
Combine 3/4 cup 1% milk, 1/3 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup fresh or frozen sliced strawberries, 1 very ripe banana, 1 small chopped carrot, 2 teaspoons peanut butter and a dash of cinnamon in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. If you want a frothier smoothie, add 1/2 cup ice cubes and blend again until smooth.