I love smoothies. The more I can eat them, the better. For Mother’s Day this year, my family got me a new blender and it’s been fantastic! Lately, I’ve been making breakfast smoothies to get me a healthy boost first thing in the morning.
Make a smoothie center. I’ve put a small plastic bin in my freezer filled with smoothie ingredients. It’s much faster to grab the items I want in the morning easily and whip up a unique blend for my smoothie. Tip! Soft, mushy fruit never got eaten in my house. But now, we freeze those leftovers and they make the perfect frozen bits for smoothies. Freeze old fruit in small portion sizes or individually quick freeze fruit to make it easier to grab ingredients for smoothies.
My smoothie ingredients (notice – no added sugar, if I need a sweetener I use yogurt or pineapple). I use whatever I have on hand and mix ingredients until my blender is full:
- Frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple, blueberries)
- Fresh fruit (bananas, raspberries)
- Fruit Juice (apple juice, orange juice)
- Yogurt (Greek or regular)
Make better ice cubes. Sure, an icy smoothie is my favorite, but sometimes the ice can make it taste watered down. Now, I make ice cube in advance. I use nearly expired yogurt, the juice from canned fruit, or extras from when I make too much smoothie to make flavorful ice cubes that add more nutrition to my smoothie. Just pour the extras in a dollar-store ice cube tray and freeze. You can bag them up and pick out what you want when you need it.
Be smart with the extras. We make our smoothies in mega batches. Usually everyone in the house gets their own cup with a fun straw. But we’ve also started freezing our extras in Popsicle containers. The kids are ecstatic when they get to eat Popsicle for breakfast – and it’s just fruit and yogurt! Yum!
Smoothies are a fun, easy, healthy addition to your diet. Use these simple tips to make them a regular part of your meals.