Most of the country is transitioning out of smoothie weather, but it’s almost 100 degrees today in Irvine. If ever there were a time to try a new smoothie recipe, it’s now. If you’re donning sweaters and enjoying pumpkin spice everything already, give it a try so you have something to look forward to in the future!
For the newbies reading, there is a method to my smoothie madness here. You can read my post, “I’m Shrinking, and So Are My Bills!” to get the whole story, but here’s a condensed version: I am in the midst of a diet, so I am using smoothies because—if you’re smart about how you make them—they can be (1) healthy, (2) dirt cheap, and (3) excellent meal replacements.
The Triple S
This is one of my favorite recipes yet. Really sweet, yet packed to the gills with veggies, “The Triple S” got it’s name because it’s an awesome combination of Spinach, Strawberries, and Stevia. Not only is this is a great way to get your greens in without sacrificing taste, it’s one of the lowest calorie recipes yet! You could make it thicker if you want it to function as a meal replacement, but the thing I like best about it is it’s relative lightness in comparison to the other smoothies I’ve featured on SDMS
If you want to up the protein—especially if you’re a vegetarian (like me) or are not actively trying to lose weight (unlike me) I suggest adding one scoop (100 calories) worth of vanilla whey powder. I don’t think it hurts the taste, but try it and see what you think.
The recipe is HUGE, but it’s also not going to be as filling as the other smoothies.
NB: Take out the Greek yogurt and you’ve got a vegan smoothie, though I’d suggest adding tofu or ground cashews or something to improve the texture.
Vanilla favored coconut milk, 1 cup
Vanilla flavored Greek yogurt, ½ cup
Frozen Strawberries, 1 to 1½ cup
Fresh baby spinach, 2 cups
Stevia, 2-4 grams (i.e. one or two restaurant-style packets)
If you’re catching the smoothie bug and want another recipe to tide you over until my next post, check out The Bluth Banana!
“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.