A Smoothie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

....or at least keeps him/her happy with you at your yearly physical :) Put an apple in it if you like. Har har har.

Anywhooo - look at this beauty! Is there anything better than a smoothie people?

No. I tell you, there is not.

Well...maybe a few things. But its a short list! NOT many I tell you. Smoothies are a health packed, delicious, nutritious, vitamin and antioxidant-rich delight, whipped up into a lovely, creamy, heavenly goodness! I make all sorts of smoothies and they really make my day. This is healthy food that doesn't taste like tasteless "health food". This is the real deal!

Mmmm mmmm good. Look a little grey on your screen? In real life its pink, purple and green! My outdated (already) iPhone camera can't figure it out. A beautiful natural treat nonetheless :D

Mmmm mmmm good. Look a little grey on your screen? In real life its pink, purple and green! My outdated (already) iPhone camera can't figure it out. A beautiful natural treat nonetheless :D

Prep Time: 5 minutes; "Cook" Time: 1-2 minutes

Total Recipe Time: 6-7 minutes!

Ingredients*:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk or your milk substitute of choice)
  • 1.5 cups fresh strawberries tops removed (although sometimes I don't bother!)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 large kale leaves (mine were about 14 inches long each)
  • 1 cup Greek Yoghurt (your % to your personal taste)
  • sweeten to taste (Xyla, Stevia, Truvia, honey, agave, Organic Cane Sugar, etc.)
  • 1 scoop protein powder if desired (I use hemp protein or rice protein with added vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3's, fibre, and more!)

*For us, all of these ingredients are organic, 'cause we like to roll like that (when possible). You of course are welcome to do as your taste-buds, budget and surrounding stores/garden allow! :)

Blend from 1-10 if you're using a Vitamix to prevent a fountain from exploding from your machine, then turn from "Variable" to "High", blend until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes.

I love my Vitamix. I'll probably sing its praises from the mountaintops one day. #nowordofalie. This baby makes my life! At least nutritionally, that is.

It is an incredible machine. After seeing two friends' Vitamixes in action and their perfect results, we went on a family trip and got ours at a Kitchen Outlet Store in Oregon (no Tax y'all!) refurbished for a massive discount. And the dollar was on par so it didn't kill our budget either.

FYI: When ours had its motor die suddenly, I called the Vitamix Hotline (seriously, its a thing) - the Vitamix people sent a box, postage paid, along with a Fedex guy that picked it up from our house, and shipped it back to us within a week. I could honestly swoon over their warranty policy. They really, truly stand by their products, and I have nothing but good things to say about them! The lady on the Vitamix Support Line was really kind and sweet too :) Made the whole experience much better. Overall an A+, lovely company. And I'm not getting any money to say it! This is just my honest-to-goodness, tried-and-true opinion.

Point of interest that was the first thing that drew me to the Vitamix: I find the Vitamix is so powerful that it blends even the seeds in fruit up, which I would assume (though I would have to look it up) helps us access and digest the nutrients found in the seeds better). On other blenders: you know your blender best - whip this creamy, lovely smoothie up and enjoy :) Either way it packs a wonderful health punch!

Another thing to love about smoothies in general is that they're totally portable, and clean-up (as long as you do it right away and not wait until the scary "hardened on" stage, and if you have dishwasher safe reusable containers) it's just a 30 second to 1 minute rinse of the blender and its top under hot water. I find that this way, even if I don't have a lot of time, I can still get a healthy snack/meal in and not have a huge mess to clean up either!  Vitamix and smoothies for the win! :D

I've been compiling my past readings on grains, legumes and supplements...takes longer than I thought it would! I've had some physical setbacks that have made me take more time than usual to do tasks that I normally find easy. So it's taking a bit of time...but it's certainly worth the wait! :)

Happy Urban Homesteading lovelies!