I'm always busy, so smoothies are a lifesaver! From a lot of trial and error, I now have a go-to list of ingredients that I simply mix and match to create yummy meals that keep me full for hours. So yes, it's completely possible to make a fueling, delicious meal without a recipe, and I'm about to tell you how. You just need to stock a handful of fiber-rich and protein-packed ingredients in your kitchen. And then follow a few important pointers, of course (read on!). If you feel more comfortable using a recipe, that's absolutely fine, too. But read the tips that follow anyway so you can get ideas for out-of-the-box, delicious ingredients to add to your smoothie. Espresso-flavored smoothie, anyone?
How to Make a Smoothie Without a Recipe
The first step to blending a delicious smoothie is having the right kitchen tool, aka a high-speed blender to break down hearty ingredients like canned chickpeas and white beans (yes, these are ingredients I recommend you put in your smoothies!). Then, all you need is a simple step-by-step formula, which you can grab via this Self.com article. I'm sharing my best smoothie-making hacks here to utilize any time of day.
15 Easy Ways to Pack More Protein into Your Smoothie
There are so many ways you can add mega protein to your smoothie without pricey protein powders. Can you guess what my go-to protein-rich ingredients are? Get all the ways to make a high-protein smoothie (including my favorite hacks!) in this TasteofHome.com article.
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Frozen Mochaccino
Here's a smoothie that tastes like dessert but isn't! Instead of heading to Starbucks for a Frappuccino with all the sugar, make this frozen coffee drink with no added sugar. This drink gets you all the sweetness with naturally good-for-you ingredients like banana and unsweetened cocoa powder. Recreating a favorite beverage at home is a great way to add in nutrients and skip any unnecessary added sweeteners. If you want to skip the caffeine, give my vanilla smoothie a try, or try any of these best healthy smoothies. Cheers!
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