Not sure if I mentioned it here or not yet but Thomo got me a Ninja blender for my birthday last week! It was a couple days before I could get to the store and buy some smoothie ingredients but since I have I’ve used the blender every day. Very excited about it! The kids and I got into making smoothies before we left Korea. I’d throw spinach in them which made me feel better about their picky eating the rest of the day. Definitely something I want to continue doing but we’ve been here a month and still waiting on our quick shipment from Korea…which has our old blender in it. SO so happy I got a big fancy one now!
I stocked up on spinach and kale, berries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, strawberries…lots of good stuff. I bought most of the fruit frozen already. I washed and bagged up the greens and tossed them in the freezer too then sliced bananas and froze them for a bit on a tray before bagging them up so they didn’t get all stuck together. Now, all I needed was to grab the bags and dump in what I wanted. Too easy! I do know people that individually bag up each day’s smoothie ingredients and freeze it all separately but I’m lazy and didn’t want to do that.
I’ve been making smoothies for lunch usually. Most days I don’t go to the gym until 10am so when I get home I make a smoothie with some protein powder for lunch. I try to either write down or record my recipes on myfitnesspal.com so I can do it again if it’s good. This is what I made today…
I found something on Pinterest that is a general guide to smoothie making. It suggested 1c greens, 2c fruit, 3oz yogurt, 1c liquid, 1/5 scoop protein, and some cinnamon. I skipped out on the protein today and added some flax meal instead. I did end up having to add about 1c more liquid than what it told me to use since it was pretty thick.
1 cup kale
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
about 1 1/2 cups water
2tbs flax meal
a few shakes cinnamon
It was tasty but a little bitter. Still totally drinkable! I ended up repeating this for Thomo later. I left out the yogurt and added in some peanut butter. Super good.
Here is a quick shopping list from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com to get you smoothie ready:
Liquid: Water, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk
Greens: Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards
Fruits: Banana, mango, berries, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, grapes
Extras: Protein powder, chia seeds, flax, nut butters, coconut oil, cinnamon, cocoa
Here is the nutrition info via myfitnesspal.com for the recipe above
I really love smoothies. You can get as creative as you want and come up with a million different flavors.
Something that is also amazing and NOT a smoothie is a juice that the little coffee shop in Korea made. Just half an orange, half a grapefruit, and some water. Add a sweetener if you don’t like it super tart. Blend and voila! Super pulpy fantastic juice. Love. it.