This past week we had a hot snap in San Diego.  95F and sunny.  It was hotter here for a couple days this past week than it was all summer, but I loved every hot and sweaty second of it.

San Diego road with palm trees and blue sky

After a run outside, I needed something quick and easy to replenish my stinky self thirsty self.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

I always have a tub of frozen banana chunks and other fruit odds and ends like peaches, mangoes, mixed berries, plums, or blueberries, too.

I buy whatever fruit is on sale that week at the grocery store and if we don’t get around to eating it before it gets too ripe, I slice it and throw it in a baggie into the freezer and it’s perfect for smoothies.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

I’m calling this a ‘recovery’ smoothie because:

the potassium in the banana is great for muscle repair

the blueberries are high in antioxidants

the nut milk has protein

and the optional add in’s like chia seeds or nuts (or protein powder) have protein, fat, and fiber

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

This isn’t rocket science.  Far from it.  It’s called toss what you have in the freezer into the Vita and turn it on.

It worked for me and was ready about 23 seconds after I walked in the door which is exactly what I needed.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie

1 large banana (previously frozen in chunks is recommended  but not necessary)

1 c blueberries (I used bagged, frozen)

1 c milk (I used almond milk)

1 tsp vanilla extract

sweetener to taste (honey, sugar, stevia, agave, etc.)

ice cubes (I used 1 c but use more or less, or none, based on preference)

Optional: protein powder, smoothie optimizers, chia seeds, cocoa powder, nuts, dried fruit such as dates, raisins, figs

Blend all ingredients in Vita or blender & serve

Yields approximately two six-ounce smoothies.  If you don’t want the second one, store it in the freezer in a glass and remove from freezer about a half hour before you want it at a future time.  Often times I have “planned leftover” smoothies that I will set out to defrost a half hour before I want it.

 

It really hit the spot.  Sweet, fruity, a little bit creamy, and refreshing.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

I chugged it in about 30 seconds.  I am a power drinker.  Built for speed, baby.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

And yes, this would still hit the spot even if you didn’t just have a hard run, a tough gym session, or a sweaty yoga class.

Skylar happily took the other half off my hands and the hardest workout she had was organizing her Barbies’ shoe collection.

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie in wine glass

 

What do you like to put into your smoothies?  Any must-have ingredients?

I have other smoothie recipes you may enjoy including:
Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Chocolate Coconut Princess Smoothie
Peach Banana Colada Smoothie
Purple Rain Smoothie
Taste of the Tropics Smoothie
Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie In a Bowl

And I think smoothies out of wine glasses taste better. 

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