As I try to recover from my lack of will-power over my kids halloween candy – I am refocusing on starting my days out right. That can only mean one thing…. SMOOTHIES!!! I have been making smoothies for myself and my family for the last 15 years. I have come along way with adjusting the taste, consistency and ingredients. I started out using orange juice and sorbet! Not exactly the picture of a healthy treat. Over the last 6 months, I have been focusing more on almond milk, frozen fruit, greens and sometimes protein power. Before I share my thoughts on exact recipes I wanted to share my favorite equipment.
I have been very happy with this powerhouse of a blender, the Ninja Master Prep, which has been serving me well for the last two years. At under $50 it is a great deal. There are so many blenders out there and a variety of different prices. I like this blender because the blades come out of the base, which makes cleaning really easy. It comes with two bowls. I use the big one for smoothies and the small one for blending nuts and making pesto.
I usually drink my smoothies on the go. Most often I am driving my kids to school – so it is the perfect grab and go breakfast. My favorite container for my smoothies is a regular mason jar. The colorful smoothies look super pretty through the mason jar glass. The jar is sturdy, easy to clean in the dishwasher and I always have a ton of them!
I also love my stainless steel straws. I have a thick straight one (seen in the first picture) and a thinner bent one (seen in the bottom picture). The thick one is better for chuck smoothies and the thinner one is better to fit through the stainless steel lid. I have experimented with different straws and containers – and this is what works for me.
Come back tomorrow for my basic smoothie recipe