For this round of Sans Meal Plan, we decided to take a more alternative route and make a variety of smoothies. You could even say we made a four-course smoothie meal. These can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, for dessert, or really at any moment that you’re craving silky frozen goodness and feeling blender-happy.
While we’d love to report that all four smoothies turned out spectacularly, we’re in the business of honesty. That being said, we’ll admit that one was pretty *controversial*. We will leave it to you to try them all for yourself and let us know what you think!
1) The Green Smoothie
This is a classic and is so, so easy to make. The addition of kale in any smoothie makes it automatically nutritious (and #trendy). Even your skeptical friends will find it delicious – honestly, you can’t even taste the healthy!
- 1 frozen banana (peeled and chopped beforehand)
- 1 cup of kale or spinach
- A generous splash of almond milk (for a thicker consistency, add less; for a thinner consistency, add more)
- A spoonful of nut butter (we chose almond)
- 1 date, if you prefer a sweeter smoothie
Combine all ingredients and blend. How is easy is that?! That’s why we <33 smoothies.
We messed up so you don’t have to: We started strong and didn’t actually mess this one up. It was delish. You can also add ½ an avocado for a creamier texture and more filling breakfast, or frozen blueberries if you prefer a more tart smoothie. Be warned, though, that the latter addition will result in a scary purply-black color.
2) The Creamy Pineapple Berry Smoothie (from Roxy’s Kitchen)
We decided to try this smoothie a) because it sounded yummy and b) because it looked so freaking pretty on the food blog. Unfortunately, we were not ambitious enough to make the smoothie exactly as our good friend Roxy instructed us to (no, we don’t know her), but it was still quite refreshing and definitely worth a try.
- 1 pineapple, cut into chunks & half of them frozen (we used an entirely frozen bag, because we’re lazy)
- 1 cup (150 g) frozen strawberries
- 1 cup (150 g) frozen raspberries
- 3 scoops frozen vanilla yogurt (if you use all frozen pineapple, you don’t have to freeze the yogurt)
Combine and blend.
We messed up so you don’t have to: Don’t be lazy like us and try to use plain yogurt + vanilla extract. It’s a touch too tart, and could afford to be a touch sweeter. Also, Sydney accidentally dumped in half of the bottle of vanilla, which was gross. If you follow the recipe, this smoothie is sure to be an A+. If you have the time and patience, and are up for the challenge, then you should also try separating the pineapple blend from the strawberry/raspberry blend to make the prettiest smoothie of all time.
The Pumpkin Chai Smoothie (from My Darling Vegan)
When we saw that there was a recipe for a pumpkin chai smoothie, we knew we had to get on it in honor of all things #basic #fall and #pumpkinspice.
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/2 cup brewed black tea, chilled
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup soft silken tofu
- 1-1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- Dash of ground cloves
Combine and blend. Serve chilled.
We messed up so you don’t have to: Charlotte thought this one was tasty, but Sydney thought it was bitter and not sweet enough (she also can’t drink coffee without sugar). The recipe suggests that you serve this smoothie chilled, which we were too impatient to do. So perhaps it would taste better colder, and with an added date for sweetness.
The Healthy Cake Batter Smoothie (from The Happier Homemaker)
We obviously had to end our four-course meal with a dessert themed smoothie. This one stood out to us in particular because the idea of drinking “healthy cake batter” sounded a little too enticing to pass up.
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 3 tbsp yellow cake mix
- ½-1 banana, sliced and frozen
- Sprinkles (optional, but we strongly suggest using them)
Combine and blend.
We messed up so you don’t have to: Again, we decided to use plain yogurt instead of vanilla yogurt, because we only had plain on hand. Don’t make this mistake. Otherwise, this was our favorite smoothie. And it’s actually sort of healthy, if you ignore the fact that you’re drinking cake batter! Two thumbs up.