Cheesecake Smoothie

2015-10-07 07.53.11RECIPE #83, DAY #101

ORIGINAL RECIPE: I made this one up some time ago*

TIMING: 5 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TOOLS: A good blender

COOK TYPE: None

HEALTH: Smoothies–while super easy to put together and really yummy–can be pretty good for you. When eating them for breakfast, you want to have more protein, less sugar, real fruit, and possibly some happy additions. This smoothie is a little bit of an indulgence, but it does have protein and real fruit and no conventional sugar (except for the optional topping). We love this smoothie in our family.

2015-10-07 07.53.06EXPERIENCE: I can’t remember why I ever made this one up–it was before my son’s love affair with cream cheese–but I am glad that I did. It is definitely one of my favorite smoothies.

Don’t expect something really fruity, here. You are going to get a lot more creamy than fruity.

NOTES: I suppose you could go with blueberries, raspberries, or cherries instead of the strawberries, just like if you were making cheesecake.

I always keep frozen bananas in the freezer. Always. I just grab an extra bunch at the grocery store, peel them when I get home and break them into thirds, placing them in a zipper top freezer bag. Then store in the freezer and wait for a smoothie morning.

You can use either cream cheese or neufchatel in this recipe. Neufchatel has a slightly tarter and creamier flavor, even though it has less fat. I prefer neufchatel in everything.

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  1. In a good blender, place in this order: 2 frozen bananas broken into thirds, 2 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup milk, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  2. Blend. Add more orange juice if necessary, and the object is to get the liquid to form a whirlpool at the top but not to thin it too much.
  3. Serve topped with 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1 tablespoon wheat germ.

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Serve with a briefcase and a mad dash out the door.

*Recipe changed from the original.

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