Liquid Lunch: Smoothies with Wheat Germ
Unless you have a role in Mad Men, the three-martini lunch is pretty much a thing of the past. Today, lunch in a glass doesn’t involve olives, and can actually be a good way to keep your energy flowing. We’re talking smoothies—loaded with fresh fruit, protein-rich yogurt and your daily dose of nutrient-packed wheat germ.
While smoothies can be wonderful sources of vitamins, carbs and fiber, keep in mind that they are not always low in calories. The average store-bought smoothie, depending on how big it is and what it contains as a sweetener or liquid base, can set you back 300 calories or more. Making your own smoothie is a more affordable and nutritious alternative that allows you to control the ingredients and get creative with various flavor combinations.
Smoothies are easier to make than you might think. Here are the 3 basic steps for making one 12-ounce smoothie:
1. Add 1/2 banana, a handful of your favorite berries or chopped fruit (fresh or frozen), 4 tablespoons yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Blend thoroughly.
2. Place 4-5 ice cubes into the blender and mix until smooth.
3. Add a splash of milk, dairy-free alternative or fruit juice if it’s too thick.Some of Our Favorite Ingredients
- Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- Tropical fruit (banana, mango, kiwi, pineapple)
- Kretschmer Wheat Germ (Original or Honey Crunch)
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh ginger
- Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Coconut oil
- Camu powder
- Protein powder (keeps you fuller longer)
- Agave nectar, honey, pure maple syrup
- Juices—orange, apple, pineapple
Tell us about your favorite recipes and “top secret” ingredients!