I am super late to the smoothie trend. I know people out there in Cyberland have been photographing their smoothies for years...tons of recipes, too....I am not a trendsetter with the smoothies...
I promised myself that I am going to Trader Joe's later to stock up on frozen fruits, yogurt, and spinach and I will be getting CRAZY myself with the smoothies....as they really are a great way to get nutrients and liquids in and are super low in WeightWatchers points when done right because most veggies and all fruits are now 0 points on the program.
I just had to tell you a really easy and simple way to get apple cider vinegar in, if you are so inclined to try it. It is the best! Since the ACV is an appetite suppressant (at least for me), drinking one of these smoothies leaves me SUPER full and it is a super easy beginner smoothie for the inexperienced like me and also a yummy and filling treat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
- 1 cup skim milk
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 frozen banana
(I like to freeze mine overnight and then microwave it for 10 seconds before I cut the peel off)
- 2 Teaspoons chocolate syrup OR 1 packet of hot chocolate mix (ANY KIND...sugar free or regular) OR for an EXTRA thick shake = 2 Tablespoons of instant chocolate pudding mix (ANY KIND...sugar free or regular)
- 1 Tablespoon of sugar or 1 packet of sweetener (ANY KIND, I am just not doing sugar free anything anymore )
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (Unprocessed with "The Mother" in it)...if you are scared, just start with a teaspoon!
- Dash of vanilla extract
- OPTIONAL: 1 Tablespoon of peanut, cashew, or sunflower butter for protein
- Put all of the ingredients in the blender on low for 20 seconds. Check consistency and if needed blend for a bit longer.
- I like my smoothies like milkshakes, so I avoid high unless I am breaking up veggies in there. The frozen banana gives it an ice cream-like consistency when not over-blended.
- Get yourself a Cool Gear Cup. Mine keeps my smoothies super cold and yummy.
- I like to stick my cup empty without the straw and lid into the freezer for about 10 minutes before I make my smoothie. After I make the smoothie and pour it into my Cool Gear, I put the smoothie and cup back in (without the straw, but with the lid on) for another 3-5 minutes. This helps the smoothie stay really thick and cold the entire time I enjoy it!