Smooth Operator

Everyone’s on a health kick these days, from detox flat tummy tea to the infamous waist trainer. As of lately, i’ve discovered a new found love…smoothies!

They’re nothing new, they’ve been around for quite some time but in this hipster age juice bars and smoothie sit downs are popping up all over town. Each cup comes with all “natural and organic” ingredients like kale, spinach, avocado, and other fruits and veggies. Not to mention Omega 3s, chia seeds, and other nutritious vitamins. Each cup also comes with a stinging price tag of at least $7. Though that little $7 may not seem threatening, but to get hooked on a delicious smoothie and buy it a few times a week, it’s hitting pockets for atleast $25.

My favorite smoothie that i’ve recently discovered is called “Alive,” produced by the juice bar, Beyond Juicery + Eatery. The juicery has several locations located in the metro Detroit area. They’ve received wonderful reviews and business is booming for them! Maybe i’m just the DIY type, but to save time and money, i’ve decided to recreate the smoothie i’ve fallen in love with. My rationale: Buy the ingredients for that smoothie and make a cup everyday for two weeks…all for $25!

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I went on a venture for all the ingredients that included

  • almond butter
  • almond milk
  • flax, chia seed mix pack
  • vanilla extract- pure, preffered or imitation
  • peaches-frozen, unsweetened
  • strawberries-frozen, unsweetened
  • orange juice
  • bananas

all ingredients can be found at Meijer, with a grand total of $25

With my single serve blender, I mixed the ingredients to taste

  • 4 strawberries
  • 6 slices of peachesgiphy (1).gif
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes
  • 1 table spoon of almond butter
  • half of a banana
  • pack of flax, chia seed mix
  • 2 table spoons of almond milk
  • teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of orange juice

Of course, you can substitute any ingredients to your liking but this is what I used and I must say it almost tastes the exact same as the smoothie I bought from the juice bar. These ingredients lasted me about two weeks, allowing me to make a smoothie everyday. The smoothie acts as a “meal in a cup” meaning you can drink the smoothie and feel full, allowing you to have a smaller meal or to skip it entirely.

Try new recipes. Kale, spinach, apple, and pineapple is a popular mix along with bananas, peaches, and pineapple give or take some extra ingredients. Smoothies make you feel light and healthy and are tasty to drink!

Keep cool for the remainder of the summer with a drink in your cup- on your way to class, work, or out and about for the day!

 

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