KISS Berry Banana Smoothie

I’m a huge fan of smoothies. They’re refreshing and you can pack all kinds of dazzling nutrition in there- from protein to healthy fats to all the veggies you would find in a salad– all can be blended into a glorious state of smoothie goodness. Yet so many recipes out there call for juice, ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc.

I don’t get it.

I mean, aren’t those things you actually want to enjoy alone- a bowl of ice cream, vs putting it in a smoothie? And juice- don’t get me started….but both children and adults should have 4-6oz a day OR less (like none), so why put it in a smoothie?

All that being said, I may or may not find myself in a Jamba Juice from time to time. And my favorite smoothie is the Banana Berry- it’s so dang good. But it also has the j-word [juice] in it and who knows what else. All the “knock off” recipes available online called for everything from juice to frozen yogurt to nectars to elixirs (okay, not really on the elixirs).

So in true KISS fashion, I’ve simplified the ingredients, still made it taste good and amped up the nutrition…sans ice cream. If you’re a lover of bananas and/or blueberries, this smoothie is for you. If you’re not, sub another fruit and see let me know what concoction you made!
KISS Tip #1: Keep frozen bananas on hand (peel them, break them in halves or thirds then place in freezer safe ziploc) and toss them in any smoothie for natural sweetness, creaminess and coolness! Because no one wants a warm smoothie and ice just waters it down!
Yes, it’s really that simple. 4 ingredients and it’s ready to be enjoyed.
KISS Tip #2: Serve up a smoothie in a cocktail glass. Wine, whisky, or champagne glassware are great options- it’s a fun way to drink your breakfast AND not overdo it-because cocktail glasses usually have less volume than a Tervis or Yeti.

KISS Berry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 medium banana, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, reduced sugar if desired
1/2 cup milk of choice (cow’s, almond, soy, etc.)
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, if desired

Instructions

1.) Place all ingredients into blender and blend in high until smooth and desired consistency is achieved.
2.) For added nutrition, consider adding 1-3 tsp of flax, chia or hemp seeds!

*Depending on moisture content of fruit (fresh vs frozen), additional milk may be needed. Start with 1/2 cup and increase from there- it’s always easier to “thin” down a smoothie than it is to “thicken” up.*


And remember folks, it’s a Monday….so KISS it all day long.
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