Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe

I lived in New York City for about a year, and during that time I mostly either ate out, got take-out, or bought prepared foods from the supermarket.  I lived in a pre-war (1920s) building that had once been converted into apartments from...I'm not sure what exactly, but let's just say the layout, especially in the kitchen, wasn't really designed for comfortable living.  Between that and having a roommate who had already been living in the apartment for a long time before I got there and who didn't really like to share her space, there wasn't much motivation for me to spend much time in the kitchen.  

There were two downsides to this.  First, it was a little sad because I actually like to cook and bake (did I mention that the oven was so small that a large sheet pan couldn't fit inside?).  Second, eating out all the time wasn't exactly the healthiest thing to do, especially in my neighborhood.  However, there was one place a few blocks away that advertised itself as a healthy dining option.  They had a lot of salads, wraps, and an extensive smoothie list.  I think I ended up trying all of their smoothies during the year, but there was one that was absolutely my favorite and I ordered it all the time.  

After moving away from NYC and getting my own place with a bigger, more user-friendly kitchen, I was finally able to start cooking and baking again.  I bought a shiny new blender and remembered this smoothie.  I couldn't remember the ingredients from the menu exactly, but I think I got the idea, and this turned out to be as tasty as it is easy, not to mention that it's a beautiful shade of purple!

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is adaptable.  You can use different berries if you'd like, or different types of milk.  You can omit the chia seeds or add something else instead.  I think the restaurant may have added oats to their smoothie, so that's another option.  But of course, it's also good just the way it is!

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe (makes approx. 2 1/2 cups):


1 cup almond milk (or coconut, soy, dairy, etc.)

1 banana
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup blackberries, strawberries or other berries (optional)
1 Tbsp peanut butter (or peanut butter powder)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Agave syrup or honey, to taste (optional, depending on your taste and the sweetness of your berries)
Handful of ice (can be omitted if using frozen fruit)

Add ingredients to blender in the order listed above.  Blend on high speed until smooth.  Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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