Five smoothies you should be blending now

by Dena Gershkovich
Staff Writer

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Photo courtesy of Vijay Sudu/Unwind.

I don’t need to tell you that finding time to assemble healthy meals and snacks can be challenging. As college students, we live busy lives that leave little time for any snack prep, let alone healthy snack prep. But eating healthfully doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, (literally) whipping up a nutrient-rich snack that’s bursting with fruit and protein could take just a couple of seconds.

Enjoy preparing some of my favorite smoothie recipes, which are listed below
(Note: If you like your smoothies in the a.m., make sure to make them in advance so your roommates don’t hate you. No one likes waking up to the sound of a blender!).

1. The Best Way to Coffee
Do you wish your coffee could be more filling? Are you sick of your regular coffee routine? This recipe will remind you why you became addicted to coffee in the first place and make your coffee more nutrient-dense.

Ingredients required:

  • ½ cup of strong freshly brewed coffee, hot or cold (I like to use hazelnut flavored)
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half a banana
  • 1 square of dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Ice cubes to taste

Directions: Brew coffee, making sure it’s strong so that it doesn’t get too diluted after the ice cubes are added. Place everything besides the ice cubes into a blender and blend well. Add in the ice cubes, three at a time, until desired temperature/texture is reached.

2. A Healthier Pina Colada
This one is especially nice on a hot day.

Ingredients required:

  • 1 single-serving container of fat-free Greek yogurt (¾ cup)
  • About ¾ cup diced pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • A few mint leaves (optional)
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions: Blend. Add more or fewer ice cubes to suit your taste/texture preferences.

3. Chai Tea Latte Freezer
A healthier twist on a classic favorite.

Ingredients required:

  • Around a ½ cup of hot tea that has a very strong spiced chai flavor (I like Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings)
  • 2 tablespoons natural maple syrup
  • ¼ cup skim milk to taste (or almond milk)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions: Blend all ingredients, adding more ice/milk as necessary. Enjoy topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

4. Strawberry Banana Blend
This one is pretty basic, but it’s still one of my all-time favorites since it never disappoints. I especially like this smoothie post-workout. The banana carbohydrates will provide you with energy to fuel the rest of your day, and the protein-containing yogurt will aid with muscle repair and satiation. The strawberries add the perfect touch of tartness to balance out the sweetness from the banana.

Ingredients required:

  • 1 small banana
  • About 5-6 strawberries
  • I single-serving container of fat-free Greek yogurt (¾ cup)

Directions: Blend well.

5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
High in protein and carbohydrates, this is another good post-workout choice.

Ingredients required:

  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

Directions: Blend well.

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