Each Tuesday I’ll share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.
Today’s recipe is for the basic smoothie. I know, everyone has their favorite already called Jamba Juice, but I’m here to advocate making your own at home. By making it at home, you can determine the quality of ingredients and figure out your own “boosts” to add.
I use the blender my parents got as a wedding present in 1965 to blend mine. It’s got a glass container and two speeds – slow and fast. Nothing fancy.
Instead of using ice, I use organic frozen fruit. I prefer berries, but peaches and pineapple sometimes make their way in too. During the summer when I’m are hiding from the neighbors because I just can’t eat any more of their homegrown fruit (just kidding!), I’ll toss an ice-cube or two in with it too.
My base consists of plain or vanilla organic yogurt, organic milk or rice milk.
To sweeten, I’ll use a bit of local honey.
My boost of choice? UDO’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend “a certified organic blend of guaranteed GMO-free, unrefined edible oils. This unique blend delivers a reliable source of the omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids that are essential to life, and includes the omega 9 fatty acids.”
Blend for 5 minutes. Pour into a travel mug and leave for work.
The addition of the oil helps make this smoothie a meal replacement. It keeps me full until lunch.
Please let me know if you made the recipe and what you think. Please share your favorite recipes!
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Today’s music is Three Feet High and Rising by De La Soul.
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We just made smoothies yesterday. Usually Madelyn makes them, but Katelyn enjoys being a helper. We like orange juice, bananas, strawberries, frozen yogurt, and creamy yogurt. That’s the base. Then we will add other fruit. Right now I have lots of frozen pomegranate juice. This adds a nice tang.
@monica – good stuff. madelyn’s the second fifth grader i’ve heard of recently rockin’ the smoothie action. good for them!
What – no commentary on 3 Feet High and Rising?!
@parkerlewiscan’tlose – patience, my friend, patience. sunday weekly music round up! will have commentary.
i’ve recently become a smoothie person. i, too, use frozen fruit (i freeze my own bananas). usually also a dollop of yogurt. a tiny bit of honey. rice milk or orange juice as the liquid (sometimes both).
i learned last summer, thanks to a certain tonyB, that a spoonful of peanut butter blended in is quite fortifying. blend in also a scoop of granola, and that smoothie is a solid meal. sometimes there will be a sprinkling of granola on top as well (along with a few mini chocolate chips, because life is short).
my sister made a most magical smoothie when i visited her last fall. fresh, chopped kale, fresh pears, frozen peaches (saved from the summer greenmarket), fresh ginger, a little water to make it move in the blender. i was a little skeptical at first, but it was amazing.
@v3 – i am making my grocery list and i’m going to try this smoothie. it sounds gross on some level, but so intriguing on the other. i’ll let you know how it goes!