We drink a lot of smoothies. I love them because they’re quick, easy and packed with nutrition (if you make them that way). There are also about a million ways to make a smoothie, so you can have something different every time! How many other snacks do you know that are so customizable? Just remember this isn’t baking. It’s not a science, so there’s room for experimenting. Have fun with it!
There’s a certain consistency that I like, similar to a milkshake- thick, cold and creamy- and there’s a pretty simple formula for it. Here’s the typical build-up of my smoothies and ingredients that we use frequently.
-liquid (juice, milk, water- whatever I have on hand. Usually a mix of things- coconut milk, water, pineapple juice, orange juice)
-leafy greens (spinach or kale)
-fresh fruit (oranges, bananas, berries, apples, grapes, pineapple… really anything here. I’ll clean out the fruit drawer with what needs to be used asap sometimes!)
-frozen fruit (usually strawberries, pineapple, raspberries and banana) or ice
So, building from the bottom of the blender, liquid goes in first, then greens, then fresh fruit, and finish with frozen fruit/ice. I use the ratio 2:1:1:3- 2 parts liquid, 1 part greens, 1 part fresh fruit, 3 parts frozen fruit (2 parts if I’m using ice).
I have a Blendtec, which is a high-powered, professional grade blender, so I’m able to put things like orange segments and grapes in without being left with pulp and skins. The blender breaks it all down for a perfectly smooth consistency. I highly recommend putting one on your Christmas list or saving up. They are totally worth it if you use a blender as often as we do!
So here’s this smoothie. Packed with greens, healthy fats and tons of nutrition from the variety of fruits, this is a favorite in our house!
Prep time: 5 minutes
2 cups liquid (I’ve made this twice this week- first time with half coconut milk and half water, the next with half pineapple juice, half coconut milk)
3 cups frozen pineapple (I scooped pineapple out of the bag with the measuring cup, so they were heaping cups)
1 cup spinach
1 large banana
2 oranges (If you don’t have a blender that will break down the oranges, just squeeze them and use the juice)
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
2 tbsp chia seeds
-Blend all ingredients, except coconut and chia seeds, until smooth.
-Add chia seeds and coconut and pulse a couple times. NOTE: I love having the chunk of coconut in my smoothies. It’s just something my siblings and I did growing up and I still do it. If you don’t think you’ll like the free-roaming flakes, feel free to add it at the beginning with all of the other ingredients or just omit it altogether.