I didn’t like yogurt. I love the tang and tartness of yogurt, but steered clear for years because it was just a little bit…slimy going down. Then I discovered greek yogurt and sing its praises from the mountaintops. Greek yogurt is regular yogurt with some of the liquid extracted so the consistency is more like sour cream. (not slimy!) My favorite brand is Fage (pronounced Fa-yeh). Costco just started selling non fat 36 ounce tubs of the stuff. A very happy day for me.
As a little side note, I often have this uncanny ability to fervently wish Costco would start stocking some key item integral to my happiness and fulfillment in life and …..walla it soon appears at the store. How do they do that?
I also didn’t like making breakfast smoothies at home. Equipment issues.
Then I discovered The Ninja!
Seriously, this is hilarious. I am very minimalistic when it comes to gadgets in my kitchen. Clutter makes me anxious, so the bar is pretty high for anything to make the cut and actually land in my cupboard. If your product is named after a cartoon superhero and is marketed through infomercials touting its ability to do everything under the sun including achieving world peace, ummm….chances are its not making the cut.
I stand humbled. I always use frozen fruit to make my smoothies and there is nothing like the vertical blade system on the Ninja to pulverize the fruit. I have a breakfast smoothie almost ever morning, so I got over myself and bought one. I got mine at Kohl’s with the 30% off any item in the store coupons they often mail out.
So this is the smoothie I made this morning:
Greek Yogurt Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup frozen Strawberries
3/4 cup all natural fruit juice (I used cranberry)
1 cup greek yogurt
put the strawberries, juice and yogurt in the blender
blend until smooth (about 30-45 seconds)