In case you didn’t know: I am a huge fan of smoothies! They’re so easy to prepare and it’s the most conveniently delicious way to pack extra fruits and veggies into your day.
In the past, I would make a big batch of smoothies in my very messy, very clunky, very-much-nearly-dead smoothie maker (aka: blender) on Sundays. I’d transfer (very messily) the smoothies into mason jars and freeze them. Every morning, I’d pop one in a koozie, throw it in my lunch box (they double as a freezy pack), give it a good shake around noon and voila! Fresh smoothie at work.
I won’t take full credit for the brilliance of that tip – I heard it on NPR one day as a recommendation for parents to make for their children to pack in their lunchbox (meant for children obviously means meant for Jordan).
Recently, my sister offered to give me her Magic Bullet which I jumped on! I wasn’t sure I’d like it because it made single servings and as you read previously I’m really into saving myself effort by making food in big batches when possible 🙂 Well…I’m obsessed with it!
The biggest success out of all of this is that nearly every day I come home to find that the Hubs made himself a smoothie at lunch (which is a huge accomplishment because when I met him, he didn’t eat ANY fruit. Seriously. And he barely does now. Unless it’s in a smoothie).
I have been wanting to share a smoothie recipe with you all, but I have to admit: I rarely stick to the same combination and I rarely (..never) measure anything I throw into my smoothies. So, bear with me on this and let your imagination run wild!
Morning Smoothie Recipe (or my guide to your creative smoothie path)
Gather your ingredients:
- Milk (I use skim, but use what you want! Soy milk is also great! You could probably try to substitute water if you wanted)
- Frozen fruit: bananas, blueberries, strawberries – if you don’t have frozen fruit, add some ice cubes
- Fresh spinach
- Peanut butter
- Honey (somewhat optional)
- Ground flax (optional)
Line the bottom of the blender (or cup) with a handful of fresh spinach leaves. This will keep the fruit from clumping under your blender blades making for a more consistently smooth smoothie!
Next, layer in the frozen fruit until the cup is about 3/4 full. If you are using a traditional blender, just throw in about 2 handfuls of fruit.
Toss in a scoop (about a tablespoon) of peanut butter and drizzle of honey (if your sweet tooth isn’t so strong, feel free to omit the honey and save some calories. You can always add it at the end after you taste test).
Add another handful of spinach (to keep the peanut butter from sticking to the blade when you flip it over if you are using a Bullet-like-contraption).
You should have a vibrant, beautiful layer of fresh fruits and spinach in your blender/Magic Bullet cup, like this:
You will want to add milk until it reaches the bottom of the top layer of spinach.
Screw your lid on tight and blend until smooth. After a few seconds, remove the cup or lift the lid of the blender to check the consistency (taste test time! Add more honey if needed).
If the smoothie is too thick, just add a little milk and blend some more. If the smoothie is too thin, add a little more frozen fruit and spinach. Repeat until you reach your desired consistency.