Friday, July 22, 2011
This summer has made me a smoothie lover. I cannot get enough of them. Dustin has been making them for Boddhi -- as a quick, nutritious meal he loves to eat -- since he was very small, and Mike has been making them as an after school snack regularly, but I have never really been that interested in them until now (maybe it is a pregnancy thing). I love having them for breakfast or even as a mid-afternoon snack.
Here is what I am putting in my smoothies lately:
I use the magic bullet processor (comes with lots of different cups so each person can prepare their own smoothie while they wait).
I bought a bunch of organic frozen fruits (to use instead of ice) -- strawberries, peaches, mangoes, blueberries, but I enjoy using the strawberries the most.
For example this morning I used a half banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 T honey, 2 scoops of organic, whole milk yogurt, and filled the rest of the cup with raw milk. The result was a perfect blend of creamy, fruity sweetness. Boddhi wanted the same thing with added oranges (yuck!), but I obliged. He loved it and nearly drank the whole thing.
Dustin has used chocolate chips in Bo's (as a substitute for an ice cream treat), and he usually uses no sweetener. If you use 1 whole, ripe banana you really don't need the honey. Boddhi loves to help out -- chopping the fruit and putting it all in the cup.
Dustin really wants a juicer, and he says he would be more inclined to eat more green vegetables if he could juice them. This would allow us to make green smoothies (which I am very interested in) -- adding kale, spinach or carrots to our smoothies. No one around here eats enough vegetables, so I am all for the idea (just have to find one at a reasonable price).
I know Bob makes smoothies all the time too. Maybe she would be willing to add her favorite combinations to this post? Feel free to chime in Mom or Steph?
And to our (few) readers: what do you like to put in your smoothies?
10/09/2011 - Edited to add: We have been making different (superfoodish) smoothies lately. My favorite flavor combination is:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Super Smoothie
1 frozen banana
4 frozen strawberries
2 scoops whole, plain yogurt
1 heaping Tablespoon of raw organic cacao powder
1 heaping Tablespoon of coconut oil
1 teaspoon royal jelly
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
enough raw milk to cover the ingredients
mix it all in the magic bullet or blender -- tastes like a yummy chocolaty treat!
Dude makes this breakfast smoothie every morning -- he calls it the "green monster" (vegan)
3 cups or so coconut milk (he makes his own -- will post a link to this recipe later)
2 frozen bananas
2 T raw. organic cacao powder
1 T bee pollen
1 T spirulina powder
1 T liquid chlorophyll
1 T Maca powder
1 T Hemp protein powder
handful of goji berries
handful of cashews
Blend all ingredients and enjoy :)
posted by Stace