I’m dying to spend time outside on my deck. Weather is looking pretty good for the next couple of days to do just that, but my schedule this weekend is going to prevent me from doing so. I just hope Mother Nature isn’t putting us on and really means to allow us to have Spring from here on out.
In the meantime, this smoothie is what I drink every morning. It’s filling, nutritious and tastes great. One thing I love about smoothies: you can add just about anything to it. Any kind of fruit and some veggies will go well in this recipe. I make a gallon at a time. You can cut ingredient portions to make less. Occasionally, I end up with more than a gallon, depending on the amount of OJ I add.
2 32 ounce containers of Greek yogurt. I use the Greek yogurt because it has less whey (the liquid on top of the yogurt) and more protein than regular yogurt. One container is plain, the other vanilla.
About 5 cups total fruit, cut into chunks if needed. I have been using frozen because I’m lazy. If you use frozen, you will want it partially or completely thawed. If processed frozen with the OJ, you will end up with the blades of your blender all gummed up. Any kind of fruit you like is fine. I always use mango. I have also used blackberries (only once-I hate the seeds!), dark cherries, blueberries and strawberries.
1 12 ounce bag of granola. I always use Bear Naked Fit. It is lower in calories and sugar. Use whatever you like.
1/2 cup of wheat germ. This adds a good dose of several vitamins and minerals.
Orange juice. You will need a minimum of 3 cups. I add as I am blending, so you can expect to add a bit more than 3 cups.
I also add a fiber supplement. The clear, tasteless, flavorless, smooth textured kind. The brand I use has 5 grams of soluble fiber per heaping teaspoon.
In a food processor (blender if you don’t have a food processor), process the granola and wheat germ until fine.
Set the granola mixture to the side. In a blender, pour in half of the fruit and about a cup and a half of orange juice. Blend until smooth, adding more OJ if needed. Add 1/2 container of yogurt and blend again until smooth. Add some of the granola mixture and blend again.
Pour the mixture into a pitcher (or whatever you plan to store the smoothie mixture in). Repeat until all of the ingredients have been blended. Once all are blended, stir all together in the pitcher.
If the smoothie is too thick, just add more OJ. I add OJ to my cup to thin out individual servings until I have enough room in the pitcher to add OJ directly to the pitcher. I generally end up with a thicker smoothie that is more like an ice-cream shake than a smoothie.
Enjoy! Up next, something from the grill!!! Until next time, Grill, Baby, Grill!