Friday, July 13, 2012

Breakfast Smoothie

What do you drink with breakfast? Coffee? Juice?

Or do you drink something instead of breakfast?

Smoothies have become quite popular, and I've recently jumped on that bandwagon. A smoothie is filling without being fattening, if you make it right. To make it even healhier, I used Good Belly instead of orange juice, since it has probiotics.

Cherry juice added color and sweetness, and the yogurt added creaminess and body.The crushed ice also adds to that body, making the drink seem more substantial than if it was just juice over ice. The vanilla is optional, but it adds some depth of flavor.

You can look at this as a template rather than a recipe - use a different flavor of Good Belly, and use a different juice, if you like. You could even use a flavored yogurt. If you like the flavors together, that's all that matters.

Breakfast Smoothie

1 tray ice
I cup tropical orange Good Belly
1/2 cup cherry juice
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the ice in the blender an blend until it's thoroughly crushed into tiny bits. That's one of the tricks to getting fine bits of ice rather than large chunks. If you add the liquids before the ice is pulverized, you're more likely to get those big icebergs in you smoothie.

Add the Good Belly, cherry juice, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy.