Sometimes there is no better way to start the morning than with a delicious smoothie. Smoothies balance the need for a healthy and delicious breakfast that many of us are looking for. If you are looking for a new smoothie to start your day off with, or for a snack, A Couple of Cooks has some fun and surprising options for you.
A Classic Smoothie
A well-mixed berry smoothie is an oldy but a goody. However, A Couple of Cooks have a few tricks up their sleeves to alter and update this classic smoothie. For the perfect berry smoothie, you will need two cups of frozen berries, one banana, ½ cup of Greek yogurt, 1 ¼ cup of milk, 1 ½ tablespoons of maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup, and ½ cup of ice. Additionally, you could add one tablespoon of almond butter, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, or fresh mint or basil leaves. To make the smoothie dairy-free and vegan, substitute milk for almond or oat milk and Greek yogurt for vegan yogurt or half a banana. The result? A classic smoothie modernized.
A Smoothie for the Gym Rat
If you are in need of getting your protein in for the day, look no further than this vanilla protein smoothie. This delicious homemade smoothie will turn you away from store-bought for good. What you will need is one cup of frozen pineapple, one banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter, ½ cup of Greek yogurt, ½ cup of milk (you can substitute it for almond or oat milk), ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and eight ice cubes. Blend together and you have the perfect protein smoothie.
A Smoothie for Veggie Lovers
This smoothie might take you by surprise, but do not knock it before you try it. A celery smoothie is healthy for you and includes more than just celery. What you will need for the healthy and unique smoothie is ¾ cup of celery, a green apple, a banana, spinach, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and ice and water. If you want to add protein to an already healthy smoothie, A Couple of Cooks recommends either ¼ to ½ cup of Greek yogurt or one tablespoon of nut butter.
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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
If you crave chocolate on the regular, give this chocolate strawberry smoothie a shot. Not only is it tasty, but it is also vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free! To make this yummy smoothie you will need, one cup of frozen strawberries, one banana, ¼ cocoa powder, one tablespoon of almond butter, ¾ cup of milk of choice, two tablespoons of maple syrup or honey, one cup of ice, and optionally ½ cup of oats. This healthier alternative to chocolate will be sure to help your sweet tooth.
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