April 27, 2017

Sweet Summer Smoothies

A few months ago, I really got into the whole smoothie craze. Yes, even the green ones. And as usual, I’ve made up my own tasty recipes. And I’m sure you could too! Just start with 100% fruit juice (or fruit-flavored tea), add 1-2 types of whole fruit, and either a banana or yogurt (plain, flavored, or greek) for thickness and creaminess. I also add soy protein powder, to make it more of a “light meal” than just a snack.

A few notes about smoothie preparation:

1. Whatever method you’re using (traditional blender, smoothie maker, or immersion blender), always add the liquid first. If using tea, let it cool slightly before adding.
2. Always use 100% juice, for the most nutritious results.
3. Break up any larger fruits into smaller chunks, for a smoother blending experience.
4.  Feel free to add ice, if that’s your thing. I am not big on ice, so I’m not sure which methods work better for it. Let me know in the comments, if that’s what you do!
5.  Other than that, just blend and enjoy!

Here’s a few smoothies I enjoy making (with my Cuisinart immersion blender):


Blueberry Peach Smoothie
1/3 cup peach juice OR water
1 cup sliced peaches w/juice
1/3 cup blueberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp soy protein powder


Raspberry Mango Smoothie
1 cup mango (or peach) juice
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp soy protein powder


Creamy Apple Smoothie
1 cup apple juice OR apple tea
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce
drizzle of maple syrup
dash of ground ginger


Creamy Berry Power Smoothie
1 cup berry-blend juice*
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp soy protein powder
dash of ground ginger
drizzle of honey

* Try V8 Fusion  cranberry/blackberry or blueberry/pomegranate.


Sunshine Power Smoothie
1 cup orange juice OR green tea*
1/2 cup spinach
1 banana
1 Tbsp soy protein powder
dash of ground ginger
drizzle of honey

* Or try V8 Fusion+Tea pineapple-mango juice.


Question:What’s YOUR favorite type of smoothie? Any awesome smoothie-making suggestions or tips?


Note: I get my soy protein powder from Shaklee.
Let me know if you’re interested in trying it.


  1. Instead of ice, I use frozen fruit. I like my smoothies thick, so I use more plain yogurt than juice and frozen fruit.