I have always been a big fan of smoothies, or shakes, as my mom used to call them. As a special treat she would break out the blender and throw in our mushy bananas, ice, and milk. The result would be a delicious banana shake that we’d enjoy with vanilla wafers. Yum. In college my roomate got a smoothie machine and we made one everyday, mostly using those bagged mixes. For years, I used the blender to make healthier smoothies with greens, fruit, yogurt, and more, but my husband didn’t like the consistency of the final product. Enter the Nutribullet last year and now we’re in the daily delicious smoothie business. Our boys drink them and get some veggies in their bodies, sometimes the only ones of the day. I also sneak in chia and flax seeds, as well as antioxidant powder. They love to choose what goes in, including spinach and kale!
PICTURE (boys drinking smoothies?)
A few years ago, my friend Jaime at Pretty Prudent made a smoothie station (plus she has a ton of great smoothie making advice!). It was one of those, “why didn’t I do this years ago moments?” I immediately pulled all my stuff together on a tray I already owned, but it wasn’t very pretty to look at plastic tubs of protein powder and bags of seeds. Since I tend to hoard glass jars (mostly from pasta sauce and fruit), I thought I’d use those to store my protein and antioxidant powders and a few random baby food jars for the chia and flax seeds. Another little jar for my reusable straws and we were set. I painted the tops of the jars with leftover chalkboard paint, so I could label them easily. This has allowed us to make eating healthier an easy priority. Smoothies take minutes to create when all our add-ins are out and in view.
PICTURE (smoothie station on counter)
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
This is one my boys ask for often and we’ll have as an after dinner treat on occasion.
For one adult or two child-sized servings
1 banana (a little brown is even better)
large handful of ice
1 c vanilla almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 T cocoa powder
2 T oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 t chia seeds (optional)
Blend together and enjoy!
PICTURE (ingredients and finished smoothie)
I’ve been trying tons of new combinations lately. If you have a favorite smoothie or juice, please leave a recipe or link in the comments. You can check out my smoothie Pinterest board here.