Written by Katie of Good Life Eats
Our life is so busy right now! We’re getting ready for an out of state move and I’ve been traveling a ton. I just counted, and in the last 38 days (as of Monday this week) I’ve been out of town for 21 days. During the days home I’ve been sick twice. Just my luck!
I can’t remember the last time we sat down to a nice, family dinner where we were all present and I often forget what day it is.
Now that I’m finally home, it is time to start the packing and cleaning process. And eventually that means I’ll have to pack up my kitchen. There is so much to do! Needless to say, we are in for some really simple meals and snacks in the next 7 weeks.
When I’m busy, I’m often at a danger of forgetting to eat. Preparing meals can feel like too much work. To solve this dilemma, I’ve turned to my blender. Smoothies are great as a snack or an add-on to breakfast, lunch or dinner and they’re fast and easy to prepare.
Since purchasing a new, super high-powered blender there is even more variety that I can prepare with this one little appliance: Smoothies, Juices, Dips, Sauces, Soups, Homemade Nut Butters, Ice Cream and more. The kids don’t realize it – but when they ask for a smoothie as a snack I am cheering inside: Healthy! Easy! Quick! No Mess! Hurray!
All photos by Katie of Good Life Eats
We have been experimenting with adding vegetables like carrots, spinach, yellow peppers to our smoothies because our new blender can handle these items. Adding vegetables to smoothies makes for greater nutrition, variety, and a fun food experiment.
It helps encourage my picky eater to try new things while it helps me clean out the produce drawer of the fridge. All the while we’re packing healthy fruits and vegetables into our bodies. That’s a win all around I’d say!
5 Healthy Smoothie Making Tips
1. Add the liquids first. Unless otherwise specified, add the ingredients in the order in which they are listed in the recipe. I have found that liquids first helps get the blender blending faster rather than allowing the blades to get stuck on a hunk of fruit.
2. Balance out fruits with mild vegetables. Carrots, yellow peppers, and spinach are great choices because they don’t often affect the final flavor outcome. Do you have other favorite vegetable suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
3. When using yogurt, opt for Greek variety. Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than traditional yogurt. We’re trying to make a healthy snack after all.
4. Invest in a high-powered blender. Seriously. For years I went back and for on whether or not that was wise money to spend. After finally purchasing a Blendtec I can’t believe I put it off so long. No more blender frustration. No more chunks of frozen fruit in my smoothies. No more assembling and disassembling pieces to wash after use.
5. Use the pre-programmed “smoothie setting” if available. Otherwise, start at a low speed and slowly increase the speed to a higher setting. Essentially this is what the “smoothie setting” feature on my blender does.
|Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie|| |
- 2/3 cup carrot juice
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla (optional, according to tastes)
- 1 large orange, peeled and sectioned
- 1 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 drops 100% pure lime essential oil (or a bit of fresh lime zest)
- 1/2 - 1 serving size scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Combine the carrot juice, yogurt (if desired), orange, mango chunks, strawberries, and lime essential oil or zest in the blender. Place the lid on and puree (use the "smoothie setting" if your blender has one) until smooth and desired consistency is reached. Add the protein powder (if using) and blend just until combined.
- Serve immediately, or portion into freezer safe canning jars and store in the freezer for later use.
More Yummy (and Healthy!) Smoothie Recipes
- Raspberry Mint Smoothie | Fueling Endurance Performance
- Papaya Strawberry Avocado Smoothie | Family Fresh Cooking
- Gingered Beet Smoothie | With Style – (Sorry, link broken beyond repair)
- Blackberry Banana Smoothie | Eat Good 4 Life
- Green Smoothie | One Charming Party
- Peach Freezer Smoothies | Food for my Family
How do you solve the “too busy to cook” dilemma?