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:
Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe:
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:
- Banana – sliced and the riper the better
- Frozen mixed berries – smaller is better. I mix Trader Joe’s Berry Blend and sliced frozen pineapple.
- Spinach – I don’t bother measuring this out to a cup. A handful does the trick and usually ends up equaling a cup.
- (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!