Mornings are more manageable with this strawberry-mango smoothie

The smoothie — a super healthy drink, right? Not so fast.

Smoothies, especially the ones you can order at many nationwide chains, aren’t really that great for you. They’re filled with tons of additives, including sugars and “juice blends” that aren’t really all-natural, and calories, despite being marketed as healthy, fruit-filled drinks.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy smoothies at a drink shop. Hell, I’ll never give up my frappes, and we all know those aren’t exactly good for you either, but I do believe it’s important to use the purest ingredients possible. Know what you are putting in your body.

To be honest, I don’t even drink that many smoothies. I eat lots of fruit, sure, but I don’t usually crave smoothies because a lot of them contain yogurt. I not a huge fan.

smoothie1Luckily, I stumbled across a recipe on Yummly that promised a healthier smoothie with no yogurt. And after making it, I can honestly say this is nearly full-on fruit — so much so that it reminds me of the olden days when I juiced fruits and veggies into frothy sippables.

Instead of yogurt, this recipe calls for a little almond milk. The rest is fruit. (Although the recipe doesn’t say you need ice, I added some anyway to get the drink nice and cold.)

It’s super easy and super flexible. I made half of the suggestion, which I found an appropriate size for one person. You can stack the two flavors or blend it all together. Or try some different fruits. As long as you keep the almond milk and banana base, you should be good to go.

Get the recipe from Ripelife.

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