Tag Archives: smoothies
20 Jan

pb&j smoothie

 

Let me just say first that there is no jelly or bread in this smoothie.

Because that would be gross.

But it tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Crazy right?

And it’s good for you.

If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you will love this.

Promise.

I’ve been making this smoothie for a while but just recently figured out how to make it correctly.

Lemme explain…

Up until recently, I was pretty much just dumping everything into my blender and letting it whirl around for several minutes until everything was blended.

The problem was that the oats never really blended up.

I never minded chewing an oat here and there while I was drinking my smoothie but I knew there had to be a better way.

There is.

Now, I toss my oats in first along with the wheat germ and pulse until they’re powdery and super fine. Then I add everything else and blend again.

This one maneuver has completely changed my life.

Okay, so it didn’t really change my life but it sure made this particular smoothie better.

pb&j smoothie

If you want the flavor of the smoothie to be as close as possible to a pb&j sandwich, use frozen strawberries.

FYI: Dark purple blueberries + bright green spinach = gray smoothies.

7 Sep

My kids eat lunch around 10:40 in the morning so by the time the last bell of the school day rings they are both beyond hungry and trust me, that’s never a pretty site.

So I came up with a crazy simple, super fast smoothie based on what I had in my kitchen. My kids loved it so much that I’ve been making it for them every day after school.

I like to have this smoothie ready to go in Cam’s thermos so that she can drink it as we walk back to the car from school and on the drive home.

My son is usually walking in the door as I’m heading out to pick up his sister so I just leave his smoothie on the kitchen counter along with his afternoon snack.

The kids get calcium, vitamins A, B, C, and E, potassium, and a little protein all in one drink but all they taste is peanut butter and chocolate.

Motherhood win. 😉

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

2 cups chocolate almond milk (I use Silk)

1 ripe banana (under-ripe bananas contribute an unpleasant flavor)

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 handful of ice

Put everything into a blender and give it a whirl for 2-3 minutes until everything is well blended and perfectly smooth.

Serve immediately

Makes two smoothies.

* For a creamier smoothie, use frozen banana chunks.

24 Jun

super greens smoothie

On any given day, if you search the internet for a “green smoothie”, you will undoubtedly find endless variations of just that, green smoothies.

However, I want to let you in on a little secret…

Ready?

You can add spinach to pretty much any smoothie that contains berries and/or pineapple and as long as you blend it long enough, you will not taste it.

Promise.

There are no recipes to follow and you don’t need to get any measuring cups out.

Just get a handful of fresh or frozen spinach and throw it in.

For realsies.

Spinach in smoothies is all well and good but what I really want to tell you about is how to take it a step further and add kale.

Yes, I’m serious.

Kale is good for you. Super good.

Here’s a helpful graphic:

Isn’t it large and informative?

Here’s another graphic just in case you weren’t swayed by the last one:

I drink this smoothie several times per week. I just feel better when I do and I can also see a noticeable improvement in my skin and energy level.

It’s also husband and super picky teenager approved because it tastes like peanut butter and banana – not greens. If that means anything to you.

I used to use fresh kale and just cut the leaves off of the stem. But I recently discovered bagged organic kale at my grocery store for less than $4, so that goes into my cart every week and then right into the freezer when I get home. For this smoothie you can use fresh or frozen greens.

You’ll notice that there are no measurements when it comes to the greens so it’s customizable to your taste. Add as much or as little as you like.

I put two good handfuls of kale and about half a bag of spinach in my smoothie. If it’s too thick, I add a little more almond milk.

It’s a smoothie. It should be simple.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana – peel and slice a few and store in a resealable freezer bag

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

1/4 – 1/2 cup yogurt

1 – 1 1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)

spinach

kale

Just toss all that goodness into your blender and let it whirl for at least a couple of minutes. That gives everything enough time to get thoroughly chopped and blended. Makes for a much tastier smoothie.

If you want more peanut butter flavor, add more peanut butter.

Want a thicker smoothie? Add more banana or yogurt.

Too thick? Add a little more milk.

Now that you’re putting kale in your smoothies, why not take it a step further and put it in rice, couscous, pasta, meatballs, sauces, soups, and mashed potatoes!

Chop it up, saute it in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and a little sea salt until tender and mix it into mashed potatoes. Then top a shepard’s pie with it! I’ve done it – you should too!


* Makes 1 large or two regular sized smoothies.