JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

Junk Food Smoothies are my new favorite thing. I resent diets so much. I went on a juice cleanse once, for eight hours, and by the end of the day I was practically snarling and foaming at the mouth.  Will power is not something I possess in the face of food.  I can muster the strength to say, “No Claire, no chocolate today,” but by 9 pm, I’m dumping the contents of my purse on the floor and digging around for any sweet morsel I can find. It’s hard to see the line between “love of” and “obsession with” food sometimes, and when you constantly reward and punish yourself with it, or use your plate like an food powered moon ring, the line subsumes even more. 

This is taking a darker turn than I expected for a smoothie post.

My point is that sometimes you shouldn’t have to choose between loving food and obsessing over it.  I’ve recently gotten into “healthifying” some of my favorite dishes, but in a way I can get behind. So here are some bomb smoothies.  I love the idea of taking those craveable flavors and packaging them in an easy, quick, and actually healthy snack.  I included some suggestions for additions that will make them even healthier, if you’re into it.

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

SNICKERDOODLE SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons flax meal

1/3 cup oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 scoop hemp protein (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds.  The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

PROTEIN PEANUT BUTTER CUP SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon agave nectar

2 tablespoons flax meal

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds.  The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond if you like a thinner consistency.

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped

1 cup almond coconut milk

DIRECTIONS

Pop everything in the blender, and puree thoroughly. This drink is best enjoyed immediately!

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

20 mint leaves

2 cups spinach, packed

1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1/4 cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)

1 teaspoon spirulina (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Pop the ingredients in a blender, except for the cacao nibs, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds.  The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Add the cacao nibs and blend again, just to incorporate them.  If you over-blend your smoothie will turn brown. Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES // The Kitchy Kitchen

APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons flax meal

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 apple, cored and chopped

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 scoop maca powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds.  The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond milk if you like a thinner consistency.

9 thoughts on “JUNK FOOD SMOOTHIES

  1. Leslie

    I’ve been loving the Snicker Doodle smoothie. I recently went to Connie and Ted’s in West Hollywood and they have a nightcap that is made with a Rhode Island coffee syrup (old Rhodies rejoice!). That drink inspired me to spice this smoothie up with either whiskey or Frangelico (or both) and/or an immersion-brewed coffee (like Eva Solo or French Press that has more body than a filtered brew) and I dust a little nutmeg on top. So I have to say that even though it’s a healthy smoothie it’s actually pretty versatile and fun to play around with. The recipes themselves are great bases for making anything you want smoothie-wise. And the tips on making ice cubes or freezing bananas helped me a lot in terms of getting the mouthfeel and texture I was looking for in these drinks. So what I’m saying is I was shocked and delighted to discover how much I love these recipes. Try them all. They do not disappoint!

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