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How To Build The Perfect Smoothie

Can you believe April is here? My year runs alongside the school calendar, so I particularly can’t believe the school year is almost over! April brings the start of some warmer weather, and of course, April vacation; which after that the school year simply flies by. The next few months are exceptionally exciting for me, and I can’t wait to soon share all of the excitement that is going on with you guys, my internet family! 

But let’s get to this week’s Healthy Food Friday with American Express. This month we are focusing on smarter money and budget-friendly healthy foods. Starting off with bananas seemed like a no-brainer. Bananas are a power fruit. They are packed with health benefits, there are so many ways creative ways to incorporate them into your daily diet, and bonus, they are a total budget-friendly fruit!

Aside from some other delicious uses for bananas (i.e: banana bread donutsprotein pancakescocolate chip banana muffins, and waffles), I can’t get enough of frozen bananas in my morning breakfast or post-workout smoothie. Let’s talk about building a perfect smoothie, shall we?

Step One: Choose a base, 1 cup

Step Two: Choose your fruit (fresh or frozen, I go frozen), 1-2 cups

Step Three: Make it green, 1 cup


Step Four:  Make it creamy, 1-2 tbsp

Step Five: Add a boost, 1-2 tbsp

Step Six: A Little Something Sweet

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How To Build The Perfect Smoothie
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What is your all-time favorite smoothie?

April 4, 2014

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21 responses to “How To Build The Perfect Smoothie”

  1. Jessi says:

    This is absolutely the best way to build a smoothie! I usually only use spinach as my base but now I’m going to branch out a little!

    My favorite mix currently:

    Almond Milk + Spinach + banana + protein powder + ice + tinnnny splash of vanilla coffee creamer!


  2. That graphic is insane Lex! You are so talented!

  3. Great tips! I love all types of smoothies but I love green smoothies with some peanut butter 🙂

  4. I love this feature. I too keep bananas frozen at all times for smoothies. I think my favourite is my Vegan Pina Colada smoothie!

  5. Alexandra says:


    I love your tips! I’m from Brazil and I’m always following your updates. How long do you keep your bananas in the freezer for? I had one for two weeks and it turned a bit brown. Thanks!!! 🙂

  6. Kaila Saxton says:

    My latest smoothie love is this one…and it MIGHT be due to the slightly tropical-ness (I don’t think that’s a real word but let’s go with it!) and my daydreaming of summertime! 🙂

    1 cup fresh DELICIOUS pineapple (if you like thicker smoothies, you might want to freeze half the pineapple)
    1 frozen banana
    1 cup of spinach
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    Almond milk

    Blend and ENJOY!

  7. jill conyers says:

    I’m beginning to feel like a Lexi stalker 🙂 I’ve been making smoothies forever but see a few tips I’ve never considered. Thanks!

  8. Lindsey says:

    Awesome graphic! I’m always trying to figure out how to put together a good smoothie, this takes all the guess work out!

  9. Lately I’ve been so addicted to smoothies! I love adding in the greens for extra nutrition. It’s like a treat but totally healthy. WIN!

  10. Cassie says:

    What a fancy info graphic they have!! Adding something for creaminess is so key… My fave smoothie is blueberry banana spinach almond butter chia seeds & coconut water!

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  12. Kate says:

    Want to get on email list

  13. John says:

    And the problem with milk as a base is…?

  14. Stephanie says:

    I love the graphic! Is there any way to make it a printable? I’d love to hang out on my fridge for quick reference… thanks!

  15. S. Yeager says:

    What if you wanted to use yogurt as a base? Would you still use a cup?

  16. April says:

    I have just subscribed to your website from another one (I don’t remember where!). I’m sure I saw a Vanilla Coffee Smoothie (or Coffee Vanilla) listed here. I’ve searched several ways and cannot find it. Your recipes are hard to search with pictures without a good list to begin with.

    Do I remember that smoothie in the wrong website? It sure sounded good!


  17. Xochitl says:

    My Favorite mix: green shake
    Spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, cactus, ginger, lemon and beats for a sugar bust!

  18. sally hicks says:

    I saw this list on Fb about the smoothies. I would loe to have hard coy for my kitchen but I cant seem to print it any suggestions?

  19. Roshani says:

    A great dish and fabulous combination! That stuffing must be really tasty !!

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