Your Smoothie Strategy – waste less & eat healthier

Our whole family love smoothies and I make them weekly in our house.  I love knowing exactly what my kids are eating and knowing that I can use up all of my old, mushy fruit so we waste less.  In fact, the more we eat smoothies, the better we feel (especially in the summer – it’s a great way to cool down).

You don’t have to buy new stuff to make great smoothies, but I totally get it why Will Smith was passionate about his blender in “Enemy of the State” (watch it: worth your time) – I’ve gotten two for gifts over the years and my excitement grows with each new blender.

Make Smoothie Space In Your Freezer

Get yourself set-up to be organized by creating a small space in your freezer for the smoothie supplies.  You’ll also need some way to store the old, mushy fruit in individual servings (we use reusable containers or sometimes ziploc-style bags) I always have smoothie ingredients ready to go in 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.

Simple Smoothie Ingredients for the Perfect Smoothie

(notice – no added sugar, if I need a sweetener I use a little fruit juice or pineapple).  I use whatever I have on hand and mix ingredients until my blender is full:

  • Frozen fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple, blueberries) – leftover & mushy is fine! Just freeze it
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, raspberries)
  • 100% Fruit Juice (apple juice, orange juice) – a little goes a long way
  • Water (or ice) – use this to get the consistency you want
  • Optional: Spinach, Chia Seeds, Nut Butter

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Make better ice cubes for Smoothies.

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.

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Be smart with the extras.

We make our smoothies in mega batches.  Usually everyone in the house gets their own reusable, insulated cup.  And 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, ice/water and spinach! Yum!

Smoothies are a fun, easy, healthy addition to your diet.  Use these simple tips to make them a regular part of your meals.

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Read Nutrition Labels.

Blindly selecting items in the grocery store is dangerous because there are hidden fats, salts and sugars in many unexpected places. Learn how to read food labels and consciously purchase foods that are healthier options. Because of reading food labels, I’ve now make my own bread, purchase 100% juice canned fruit and no sugar added applesauce, and buy frozen vegetables instead of canned. You can make easy switches like these and easily improve the healthy options available to yourself and your family.

Measure Your Food.

When I’m hungry, I throw caution to the wind and load my plate with food. I’ve learned that by measuring out the amount of food I eat, it’s easier for me to stick to a healthy selection. I allow myself to load up on fruits, veggies and lean meats or beans. But as a general rule for casseroles, creamy dishes or processed sides; I stick to the serving size as my maximum.

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