DIY: Smoothies for everyone


Sue Jin Park

Caryn Corliss, Staff Writer

Smoothies are the holy grail of multi-purpose dining. A golden formula that you can bend in any direction you need to take it. Whether it be a snack, a meal or a treat, there’s a smoothie for such an occasion.  Whatever situation you may find yourself in, we have a recipe that’ll be both delightful and refreshing.

For the “health nut”

If you’re in the market for a good post workout snack, hoping to gain muscle mass or maintain a healthy weight, try this light combination:

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

2 tablespoons rolled oats
2 bananas (sliced)
1 cup almond milk
½ cup cold water
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 ice cubes
2 cups vanilla protein powder (optional)

For the “sweet tooth”

This is the perfect indulgence :

Momma’s Strawberry Shake Recipe

½ of a cup of frozen strawberries
¾ cup of whole milk
¼ cup half and half
2 scoops of vanilla or strawberry ice cream
7 ice cubes

For the “busy bee”

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, take this smoothie on the go:

Blue Banana Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 banana slice
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
2 scoops vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon wheat germ (optional)

For the “short on change”

Hungry with nothing in the house? This simple smoothie only takes 3 ingredients and can be whipped up in about 10 minutes:

Banapple Smoothie

1 diced apple
1 banana, sliced
¾ cup ice cubes

For the “copy cat”

If you’re in the mood for a restaurant-quality drink, but can’t leave the house, make one that’s just as good from home:

McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie

1 mango, diced
2 rings of pineapple
1 tablespoon of coconut yogurt
1 tablespoon of coconut milk
1/8 cup apple juice
6 ice cubes