....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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes; "Cook" Time: 1-2 minutes
Total Recipe Time: 6-7 minutes!
- 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!