Let’s talk smoothies. You know those glitzy 8$ smoothies you get at the juice bar at Whole Foods? Yeah, this is basically the opposite of that. This is the kind of smoothie you make when you know you need to get more fruit in your diet and genuinely want to be healthy, but also don’t want to run out of smoothie ingredients every 3 days. Because dragging a toddler and a baby to the grocery store is a little wild. Do you enjoy cold juice like beverages but don’t want to drink straight up juice all the time because you’re not 2 years old? If your answer is yes, we are probably spirit animals.
This is really more of a method I use for smoothie making rather than a specific recipe. You will need three basic ingredients: frozen fruit, a medium size piece of whole fruit (an apple, orange or banana) and one can of cold sparkling water. I buy the giant classy bag of “mixed fruit” (because right now the Wal-Mart grocery pickup service is LIFE) but any mix or type of frozen fruit will work. Also, any flavor of sparkling water will work.
Most smoothie recipes seem to call for room temperature fruit and ice. That’s probably how most people make smoothies, but I have found the sparkling water gives it something a little extra and adds flavor without adding additional sugar. Using frozen (or very cold) fruit allows you to skip the ice and avoid getting that “watered down” taste.
As far as the whole fruit component, oranges are probably my favorite of the three choices and will make it taste the most “juice like”. Bananas give it a more creamy consistency and apples (probably my least favorite of the whole fruit choices for this smoothie) will make it more dense and textural. But again, whatever you have will work. I have a high-powered blender (a Vitamix) which handles the frozen fruit without any issues, but if you are using a regular blender, it may help to thaw out the frozen fruit a little and cut the whole fruit up into smaller pieces so it will be less for your blender to deal with.
Think of this as a smoothie template and feel free to add a handful of spinach or kale, yogurt, a splash of almond milk or anything else you like. Or just be basic like I am and buy a giant bag of frozen fruit, a sack of oranges and a 12 pack of sparkling water, and you’re good to go for the week. Also if you decide to make this smoothie around 5pm, I would not be mad about it if you wanted to put some vodka in. Just saying.
3 ingredient smoothies
A simple, healthy smoothie recipe that's easy to make throughout the week
- 2 cups of frozen fruit
- 1 piece of whole fruit (an apple, orange or banana)
- 1 12 ounce can of sparkling water
Prepare the whole fruit by peeling if necessary
Add ingredients to blender, first blending on low until fruit begins to blend down, then on higher speed for about 60 seconds until fully combined
I find adding an extra 1/2 cup of liquid is helpful when using an apple as the whole fruit choice.