Smoothies Rock!

As the weather begins to warm up, and we spend more time outside enjoying nature…we love to start adding in smoothies to meals other than just breakfast.

Below are several ways to sneak nutritious ingredients into your families diet, plus you can make smoothies incredibly delicious! Starting with a liquid base works best and some of our favorites you might like to try are rice milk, grain milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or hemp milk as all are an alternative to dairy… or even plain water, fresh fruit juice and  green tea work great!

Next you want to start off by adding in your favorite fruit, I typically use whatever is in season or you can grab a few bags of frozen fruit to make a delicious combination to any smoothie. Strawberries, banana, mango and pineapple are some fruit staples, but try experimenting with fresh coconut or different berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and even take a walk on the wild side and use some pomegranate!

You can add a thickener such as yogurt or maybe nut butter, chia seeds, oats, or soaked almonds or cashews. Next if you have a sweet tooth you can sweeten your smoothie with real honey, agave nectar, stevia, or for an exotic flavor try vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, or even fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro, parsley, or basil depending on if you want to play the part of a mad scientist!

The recipes below do not have this last step added- however in every recipe you can boost your smoothies nutritional value by adding a scoop of protein powder, vitamin powder, your green powder (such as spirulina), or flax seed oil.

With any of these recipes you can also easily blend the ingredients, and then pour the smoothie mixture into an ice tray, add a little popsicle stick, and you and the kids can enjoy your smoothie as a dessert!

To get you started here are 4 awesome smoothie recipes that rock!

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Peachy Smoothie

Serves 2.

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk
2 peaches, sliced
1 banana
1/2 cup of strawberries (optional)
6 ice cubes

Method:

In a blender, put the yogurt, milk, peaches, banana, and ice cubes.

Puree until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

Recipe Inspired by: TodaysParent.com

 

Rise & Shine Smoothie

Serves 2

1 ripe mango, peel skin and cut into pieces. (or 1 cup of frozen cubed mango)
3/4 to 1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs. honey or agave
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice

Method:


In a blender, whirl the mango, 3/4 cup of the orange juice, the yogurt, ginger, honey and lime juice until smooth.

Add up to 1/4 cup more orange juice as needed to reach the desired consistency.


Pour the smoothie into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Recipe Adopted by: Williams-Sonoma.com

 

Sneaky Spinach-Berry Smoothie

Serves 2.

1- 1 1/2 cup Almond-Coconut Milk (Blue Diamond Brand makes this)
1 cup vanilla yogurt (Stoneyfield brand)
handful fresh spinach
1 banana
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries

Method:

In a blender put 1 cup of almond-coconut milk, vanilla yogurt, spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Turn on blender, puree until smooth.  Add the other 1/2 cup of almond-coconut milk if you desire.

Pour into 2 glasses, and serve immediately.

Recipe: Naomi Masi

This is my typical smoothie, I often drink this with my toddler to sneak in some veggies during a mid-morning snack. Sometimes we add kale, and cucumber. I prefer to use frozen fruit, if you use fresh fruit you may want to add some ice cubes to give your smoothie the chill factor.

 

Super Green Kale-Cucumber-Apple Smoothie

Makes 4 cups.

1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups green grapes
1 orange, peeled, halved and seeded
1/2 lemon, peeled and seeded
1/2 cucumber, peeled if not organic (not to exceed 4 oz.) and cut into large chunks
1/2 green apple, about 3 1/2 oz., seeded
1 cup kale, ribs removed
1 cup romaine lettuce
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
2 cups ice cubes

Method:

In a blender, combine the water, grapes, orange, lemon, cucumber, apple, kale, romaine, parsley, pineapple, and ice cubes.

Puree until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

Recipe adopted by: Vitamix

 

These ideas are just to get you started, I’m continually putting together various combinations as a way of getting more nutrients into my families diet. I’d love to hear about your adventures and what you will be whipping up this week and how these tips, suggestions, and recipes helped you…so comment below or come on over to Facebook to share your smoothie favorites!

 

tlm-naomiLaundry Mom~Naomi♥

 

 

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