Smoothies are the ultimate quick meal. Whether you are running a little behind in the morning or needing a quick pick me up after work a smoothie is your best bet for not only having something delicious, but also something you can literally make in about two minutes. The trick is having a great base recipe that you can add or subtract ingredients to and always end with an incredible concoction.
Besides being incredibly delicious and easy to make, smoothies are a great way to pack all sorts of nutrients into one cup. Using even a mid-grade blender will provide you with amazing smoothies that you can pack with nuts, grains and even nutritious greens perfectly blended and actually surprisingly disguised in a delicious strawberry smoothie.
A smoothie that would greatly benefit your eye health would be a smoothie with delicious fresh strawberries, a handful of spinach, some almonds and topped off with your favorite yogurt or milk of your choice. I know it sounds weird to imagine putting spinach or any other greens into your smoothie, but with all of the other flavorful ingredients those healthy greens will be camouflaged. You can use other greens such as arugula or kale, but I find spinach to be a great starting point for someone just starting to drink these kinds of smoothies. Spinach has an incredibly light taste and will go by practically unnoticed. These greens contain many nutrients like beta-carotenes and lycopene that greatly impact the health of your eyes and other parts of your body too.
Your smoothie can easily transition with you throughout the year by utilizing fresh seasonal fruits, but when those are not readily available using frozen fruits is entirely acceptable. It makes it even faster to make!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- ¾ cup strawberries, cut in half
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana (I freeze mine because it helps chill my smoothie)
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Add all ingredients to blender. Gradually increase speed on your blender until everything is blended until smooth and creamy. You may need to adjust by adding more or less milk to achieve the consistency you desire.