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Healthy Smoothies the Cheap Blender Way!

I should start off by saying I am a HUGE smoothie fan. I’m an overall cold drink person. Ice cream in the middle of winter? Yes please! So little to say, I am loving the smoothie craze that is going on all over Pinterest. My go to recipe is based off of Six Sisters’ Stuff Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe:

My picture of blender and smoothie

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe:

(This makes 1 serving)
1/2 c. apple or orange juice
1 c. of spinach
1 banana
1 c. frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)

Now unfortunately, I don’t have the leisure to make these at home in the morning (after making 3 other lunches and dishing out breakfast, it’s a good day if I bring a can of soup for lunch) so I do them at work. I am blessed to work in an office with a semi kitchen and full size fridge and freezer (thank you employers!), but unfortunately with making them at work, I need to make them as discreetly and quickly as possible. My inexpensive blender from home did not get that memo so for the past few months, I have been a mad scientist trying to figure how to accomplish my goal. I’ve tested different combinations and ingredients to help minimize the amount of time I waste stopping and starting my blender, scraping and pushing my ingredients back down, and overall quickness of cleanup. And I finally think I have it figured it out! For me it has been all about the order in which I put things in the blender. Here is the order in which to add your ingredients to make a quick healthy smoothie when you don’t own a Ninja or Vitamix:

  1. Banana – sliced and the riper the better
  2. Frozen mixed berries – smaller is better. I mix Trader Joe’s Berry Blend and sliced frozen pineapple.
  3. Spinach – I don’t bother measuring this out to a cup. A handful does the trick and usually ends up equaling a cup.
  4. (Lastly) 1/2 cup of any kind of fruit juice poured on top – sometimes I am out or forget to bring juice, so I will use the lemonade from the drink dispenser. A little less healthy but does the trick!
Start blending on medium and switch to high. Usually items 1 and 2 blend immediately and will catch the spinach. If they don’t, I stop the blender and push the spinach down. It is good to go then. Blend to your preferred thickness and voila! Pour and serve. The whole process even with slicing the banana is under 10 minutes and I am ready to start my work day!
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