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Three-Ingredient Smoothie Recipes from People Who Work from Home

by Natalie Daher

Photography by Twenty20

When your home is your office, your blender can be your DIY juice bar.

To save time and money, remote workers can blend a three-ingredient smoothie, and boom, enjoy a meal or snack between tasks and phone calls. As the American freelance economy continues to grow — projected to hit 50 percent of the workforce by 2020 — so does the appeal of a cheap and easy protein fix.

The home-smoothie advantage comes with perks, too, compared to toting a laptop to your local coffee shop: you control the noise of the blender and the portions. And you can blend extra to save for later.

For dietary needs or preferences, swap a dairy base for ice or other non-dairy products, like Greek yogurt or nut, hemp or pea milk in your fridge. While an American breakfast smoothie is not a milkshake, it’s a dessert-like option that’s also rich in healthy potassium and serves a boost of energy. Some nuances to consider before blending: bananas give texture, berries give flavor, and organic protein powder helps build and restore muscle.

Here are three-ingredient recipes recommended by telecommuters:

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE
1 banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Two containers of chocolate yogurt (½ frozen in cubes)
Add milk for thinner consistency
— Allee, 25, journalist in New York City

STRAWBERRY BANANA
1 cup almond milk
1 half banana
½ cup strawberries
— Caila, 29, marketing manager in Brooklyn

GREEN MACHINE
Handful of spinach
1 banana
Eyeball the milk
—Kurt, 24, lab specialist in Seattle

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