Sunday, 16 June 2013

Extra Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great easy and healthy snack when you are on the go. You can't go wrong really. Throw a few different berries into a blender, maybe some yogurt, blend, and you are on your way with a delicious treat. Those are the facts.

But since getting our new-to-us Vita-mix we are looking at smoothies in a whole new light. The options are endless to what you can make! I've made just about everything in it - exceptions include pot roast, twice baked potato, and deep-fried clams. But seriously, Finns baby food was a breeze. Soups from scratch come out boiling. Easy clean up cake mix. Tasty ice cream. And of course the most deliciously strange of smoothies. Here is my latest blend.a.roo:

  • 2 cups Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Frozen Beat {Pre Diced}

You can quite literally throw anything in there and it will slice and dice to your hearts content. Other great ingredient options, to name a few, are: blueberries, mango, banana, orange, pineapple, kale, flaxseed, a splash of peanut butter, asian pear, carrot, and cottage cheese.

First give all your ingredients a good cleaning. Then peel and dice as applicable.

I do all my beats at once because they are messy. Then I store them in freezer bags so they are ready for the next time round. When frozen they eliminate the need to add ice cubs to cool the drink which is oh so much better. Ice, well the water, will separate from the drink if left for too long but with the frozen beats you can keep coming back to the drink just the way you left it. *If it is easier for your lifestyle, you could pre package and freeze all the ingredients into individual servings and cut out the prep all in one swoop.

I've found the simplest approach is to add the juicy fruit ingredients first. I followed the order listed above. That way the juiciness {not my favourite word choice but there it is} from the berries will help pull the rest of the dry and/or bulky ingredients down for easier mixing.

It is incredible how smooth the outcome is. And you cant even taste the extra healthy goods you threw in there! The fruit flavouring stand out. I wouldn't lie to you. And if you still don't believe me, ask Finley...

Are smoothies one of your household go-to's? How do you make yours? I love hearing your ideas! Do send them my way.

Chat soon.

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