Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are a summer staple at our house.  Really though, they're an always staple.  I love having a smoothie after a run and my kids are almost always eager to share with me.  During the hotter months though, we make a lot of breakfast smoothies because they're so much more refreshing when it's 95 degrees at 9 a.m. than pancakes or eggs.  Here are a few of my go to smoothies:

Tropical Smoothie (a.k.a. Dragon Smoothie)

I don't know why we started calling this smoothie the Dragon Smoothie (maybe because it's green like a dragon?) but we did and the name stuck.   

1 or 2 bananas (this depends on size and how many kids will be sharing this with me)

1 cup (approximately...I don't actually measure anything other than with my eyeballs) frozen or fresh greens (spinach, kale, a mix, whatever you have on hand)

1 cup (approximately again) frozen pineapple

1 scoop chocolate Orgain Organic Protein Powder (I only use one scoop for this recipe because two tends to overwhelm the pineapple)

1/2-1 cup milk (approximately again) of choice or water

Optional: Ice (if you're using frozen spinach and frozen pineapple you won't need ice but if you're using fresh you likely will)

Peanut Butter Smoothie

1 or 2 bananas (see above)

1 cup (approximately...see above) frozen or fresh greens

2 scoops chocolate Orgain Organic Protein Powder

1 spoonful of almond butter (I know, I know, it's a peanut butter smoothie but I add almond butter...I just really like the texture and I think it adds a nice flavor)

1/2-1 cup milk (approximately again) of choice or water

1/2-1 cup ice (approximately)

2 tablespoons PB Powder

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

1 or 2 bananas (see above)

1 cup (approximately...see above) frozen or fresh greens

2 scoops chocolate Orgain Organic Protein Powder

1/2 cup milk (approximately again) of choice

1/2 cup-1 cup frozen berries

2 tablespoons PB Powder

All of the smoothies I make are pretty simple because I'm not one for overcomplicating anything in the kitchen. Also, I never measure anything when I'm making smoothies so these amounts are all just approximations that you can adjust for taste.  The Peanut Butter Smoothie is my ride or die but my favorite one to make lately is the Dragon Smoothie.  It's super refreshing and the green color really makes you feel like you're doing something healthy and good for your body.  It's also so satisfying watching your kids drink a bright green smoothie.

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