Over the past 28 days I’ve learned a thing or two about making smoothies. Here are a few little tid-bits of knowledge I thought I’d share:
- Smoothies are super quick to make and clean-up is just as fast. For whatever reason I had this assumption that I’d need a ton of extra time in the morning to prepare my morning smoothie, but that hasn’t been the case at all. In reality, they take no more than 5 minutes to make, and all you really need to do to clean-up is rinse the blender. Piece o’ cake.
- Making smoothies at home is really inexpensive. Another assumption I had is that I’d be spending a good portion of my paycheck on smoothie-making materials, but again, totally untrue. You initially need to stock up on a few things, but I’ve found that as long as I have a bunch of frozen fruit on hand (which I’ve been getting at Trader Joe’s because their prices are awesome), a few different kinds of milk (I like coconut and almond), some plain yogurt, maybe a juice or 2, and some add-ins like Flaxseeds or Chia Seeds, you’re good to go. The ingredients will go a lot further than you think they will too.
- The best way to eat your greens is to drink them. Don’t be afraid of the green smoothie, it’s such a good way to make sure you’re getting your greens. I’ve found that you can toss a huge handful of kale or spinach into any smoothie and it doesn’t effect the taste in the slightest. Amazing, right?
- Just like with greens, it’s easy to sneak in other super healthy add-ins. I’ve been tossing a tablespoon of Chis Seeds or Flaxseeds into my smoothie each morning and you don’t taste them at all, but they’re chock-full of fiber, omega-3s, and protein. Wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and nut butter are also great add-ins.
- To make your blender happy, even a Vitamix, load ingredients in the following order: Liquids (juices, milks), solids (bananas, non-frozen fruit), frozens (fruit and ice).
And woah, there’s only 3 days left of this challenge—any last minute smoothie recipe recommendations?
p.s. Bonus points to anyone who got my book reference in the title