Monday, September 10, 2012

My Favorite Smoothie

Let's play favorites. Ok? Just this one time.

Favorite Musician: James Taylor (Bon Iver is a close second though)

Favorite City: San Francisco ... I mean, I'm really freaking lucky.

Favorite Candy: Hershey's Chocolate Bar - lets keep it classic.

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting (I swoon for Matt Damon). The Cutting Edge is my guilty-pleasure famous movie, though. "Toepick."

Favorite Flower: Sweet Peas

Favorite Dessert: My Mom's yellow butter cake with 3-inches of chocolate frosting.

Favorite Ballerina: Maria Kochetkova. Five feet of perfection.

Favorite smoothie: This one.

Are you surprised it involves chocolate? Those are dark chocolate chips. It's totally still healthy. Dark chocolate is good for you, remember?

I know that Summer is ending (or just beginning, if you live in San Francisco). And Fall, my favorite season, is fast approaching, but I'm trying to enjoy the Summer fruit while it lasts; blackberries, white nectarines, raspberries...did I mention I love berries?

I love making smoothies for breakfast or for a post-run snack. I've experimented with many combinations, but this one is my favorite. The banana provides a great, mild base, while the berries provide a bit of sweetness. Berries also help stabilize your blood sugar! And of course, almond butter is necessary, simply because I am obsessed, but also, because it adds some healthy fat and staying power to this smoothie.

Here are my smoothie tips:
  • Use frozen fruit, no ice! I'll buy bananas, then slice them, put them in a bag, and freeze them. Buy fresh berries and freeze them, or buy frozen ones. I like the Trader Joes mixed frozen berries.
  • Make sure to add a healthy fat to the smoothie. I love adding almond butter or peanut butter. It helps to fill you up!
  • Sneak in greens, don't be scared. You can totally put spinach in this smoothie; the cocoa helps mask the spinach flavor. (I much recommend spinach over kale in my smoothies)
Bottoms up!

Laura's Favorite Smoothie

1/2 banana, frozen and sliced into 1-inch thick pieces
1 heaping cup of frozen mixed berries
1 1/4 cup almond milk (can use your 'milk' of preference)
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 to 2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon flax seeds, optional
handful of raw spinach, optional
chocolate chips for garnish, optional
Stevia or sweetener of choice, to taste (optional)

1. Put banana, berries, and almond milk into the blender. Blend, occasionally stopping to help mix everything together.

2. Once the fruit is semi-blended, add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend until desired consistency. If you want your smoothie thinner, add more milk. Add sweetener, if using, to taste. I'll often use 1-2 drops of Stevia max, as I'm quite sensitive to it.



  1. YUM! that looks really good! I need to get more creative with my smoothie combos!

  2. I just started the Whole Life Challenge and this smoothie may be what gets me through it. Thank you!!!