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Smoothie Four Ways

 

The warm weather has finally arrived in New England, despite the SNOW that some areas saw about a week ago. Thankfully, not here. But back to the warm weather. This time of year makes me crave lighter foods. Something more refreshing. Smoothies are such a great way to get a lot of nutrients and stay hydrated in the warm weather. My son and I love them as a mid-morning snack, or is some cases a pre-daycare treat during the week. While we usually default to this smoothie recipe I personally like to change it up a bit. The base for all of these smoothies is the same. 1 banana and almond milk. Vanilla flavored to be exact. While it’s sweetened, it’s still healthy and helps to sweeten the smoothies a bit. The other key is to use very rips bananas. Not ripe like banana bread ripe, but almost. I’m including the individual recipes for each below. I wish you all a very happy and healthier Thirsty Thurs-yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Cherry Jubilee Smoothie is like the dessert minus the heat and booze. Start with 1 banana and 1/2 cup of Almond milk. Add in cherries, about a 1/2 cup (handful if you are like me!) and about 1/4 cup of orange juice. Add in 1/4-1/2 cup of ice and blend together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Very Berry Smoothie is exactly as it sounds. Full-o-berries! Such a great way to get those antioxidants. Start with 1 banana, 1/2 cup Almond milk. Add in some strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Add about 1/2 cup of ice and blend together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Green Health Smoothie is a great way to get in your greens and it SUPER healthy. Start with 1 banana, 1/2 cup of almond milk. Toss in about a handful of baby spinach and a kiwi. Add your ice, about 1/2 cup and blend together. I feel healthier just looking at it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A spin off of a classic. Such a treat! For this you start with 1 Banana and 1/2 cup Almond milk. Toss in some strawberries, I also used about a tbsp. of this strawberry syrup. Add in about 1 spoonful of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of ice. Blend together and enjoy!

Anthony’s Favorite Smoothie

 

This smoothie. It’s my favorite because it’s my son’s favorite. Smoothies are such a clever tool to get those fruits and sometimes difficult vegetables into your diet. This particular smoothie I whipped up when he was suffering from the millionth ear infection before he got tubes in his ears. He was taking so many antibiotics and his tummy was definitely not feeling great, so it was an easy way to get some yogurt into his belly to help. It was such a hit he would demand it often. Every time I would run the blender he would literally run in screaming “JUUUUUUUUICE!” He actually still does… But now it’s even more exciting because he can help add the ingredients and press the buttons, so really he gets to make it.

While I was trying to take pictures for this post, I had a little man who was lurking until he could sneak in and grab a cup. Mind you, he had a completely separate cup of his favorite smoothie that he down almost immediately. That face tho…..and that little hand! I have a hard time saying no. As you can see, it’s definitely his favorite and it’s hard for him to resist. I love to make one as a simple breakfast or a snack. Especially now that the weather is getting warmer.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toss everything into your blender and watch the magic happen. Enjoy!

Notes

Actually Delicious Kale Smoothie

 

Kale, the garnish that became a trendy food overnight. When I think of Kale, I think of the Modern Family episode where Mitch visited the Farmers Market.

Cameron: Hey daddy, how was the farmer’s market?
Mitchell: Well, it was great but…guess what the new spinach is?
Cameron: Umm..radicchio?
Mitchell: [pulling a bunch out of his basket] Kale!
Cameron: [gasps] No!

It took me a while to get on the kale train. It can be pretty overpowering and high maintenance to get it to taste good. In the past, when roasting it, my husband has literally said what smells like farts in here…. so we don’t eat it often. But when I do, I typically enjoy it most with olive oil and spices, roasted in the oven until it turns potato chip like crispy. I’ve read some health benefits of this darling, hip garnish, that it’s high in fiber, has powerful antioxidants, high in iron and vitamin K…the list goes on. I’m a fan of incorporating more veggies into your diet any way that you can. As a parent, I feel like my mission is to incorporate as many hidden veggies into things as I can. For anything green, I usually tell him it’s what the Incredible Hulk eats and he may try a bite. But smoothies are the easiest place for me to incorporate a veggie that doesn’t taste awful.

When I first tried this smoothie, my, at the time, 2 year old downed it. He grabbed my cup and chugged. He was none the wiser that it had and vegetables and absolutely enjoyed it. This time around, now that he’s a year older (and has started to say “when I used to be a kid”) he’s not as easily convinced that this smoothie tastes good, but trust me it does! If you are looking for something refreshing for a snack or light breakfast, give this a try. I was feeling sassy the other day and topped this with some chia pudding. The result….delicious! I’m going to add the chia pudding recipe below as well, just in case you are also feeling sassy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toss everything into your blender and mix it up! Simple! For the chia pudding, I use 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 1 packet stevia. Pour the milk in a mason jar. Add in the chia seeds and sweetener of your choice. Place the lid on top and shake the jar for a few seconds. Pop it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. For this smoothie, I added about half of the prepared pudding to it.

Notes

Adapted from Annie’s Eats.