Purple Power Smoothie!
Otherwise known as Blueberry Banana with a few extras thrown in.
I used to think I was having a healthy breakfast by eating a cup of store bought yogurt and a banana for breakfast. Then I actually read the ingredients on the back of my yogurt container and found that a tiny, tiny little carton of yogurt had 30 grams of sugar! Most of that in the form of added sugar.
Friends, 30 grams is about 8 teaspoons of sugar. Or 2½ Tablespoons. Or to put it another way, RIDICULOUS!
I’m sorry, but for 30 grams of sugar, I’d rather have cake.
So, until the day comes that I learn to make my own yogurt, I’ve embraced the healthier morning smoothie!
Our Purple Power Smoothie has 2 ripe bananas, 1 heaping cup (or more) of blueberries, about 3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt, 2 Tablespoons of flaxseeds, a little bit of milk, and a dollop of raw local honey.
Measurements are all approximate here. Use what you have on hand and customize to suit your own tastes.
You can use fresh or frozen fruit or a combination of the two. When my fruit is starting to look a little weary, I plop it in the freezer for future smoothies.
I’ve started including ground flaxseed for extra fiber and the good omega-3s and also just a bit of raw local honey for the allergy fighting benefits it offers.
If you’re using a traditional blender, put just a bit of liquid – milk, almond milk, coconut water or juice in the bottom of the blender to get things going.
If you want your smoothie extra cold like I do, add 1 cup of crushed ice and give it a whirl.
I’m not sure this is what the good folks at Boulevard Brewing Co. had in mind but pint glasses make perfect smoothie glasses.
One blender-full shown here, makes 2 pint glasses of Purple Power Smoothie. Enough to share!
What’s in your favorite smoothie?