Smoothie Project

Smoothies are a great way to kickstart the day or enjoy as an afternoon pick-me-up.  I’ve always loved drinking smoothies but I didn’t enjoy the process of making or cleaning them up.

I was inspired by Weelicious’ Smoothie Project to begin drinking them regularly, and it was through her efforts that I learned the benefits of certain ingredients, and how to properly make a smoothie, which made it more enjoyable — the drink tasted better, had greater nutritional benefits, and made cleanup easier! I’m sharing my Everyday Smoothie recipe, along with some of the benefits of a few essential ingredients.  I’ve broken it down into categories since I always try to hit each category.  The fruits and veggies category changes based on what I have available but the essential ingredients are always included.

Catherine from Weelicious has created a menu that can be used when making smoothies.  She laminates the menu so her kids can use it when planning their smoothie of the day.  Once Liv and Jack are old enough, I’ll do the same!

All the ingredients can be bought from one of my favorite stores — Trader Joe’s.  This makes the shopping + prep a lot easier!

Everyday Smoothie
(disclaimer: I don’t drink it every single day)
Fruit:
– 1/2 frozen banana (I cut up and freeze extra/old bananas)
– 1 c. frozen berries
– 1 c. frozen mango

– 1 pack frozen acai (comes in individual serving packs from Trader Joe’s)

Vegetables: I always try to load up on my greens because I wouldn’t eat it otherwise.
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 cup/handful spinach

– 1 mini avocado (Trader Joe’s sells mini avocados which are perfect for one serving)

Dairy/liquids: The key to a smooth smoothie lies in the liquids.
– 3 tbsp. kefir (drinkable yogurt loaded with vitamin B12 + K2 + calcium + magnesium + biotin + folate + probiotics.  If I dont’ have this I just use more milk and water)
– 1 cup milk

– 1/4 cup water

Essentials:
– 1 tbsp. peanut butter (protein)
– 2 tbsp. flax seed (antioxidants + improves digestion, hair, skin, brain health + lowers cholesterol + fights diabetes)
– 2 tbsp. hemp seeds (rich in GLA + omega-3, 6 + help with arthritis + joint pain + digestion + hair, skin, nails, heart health)
– 2 tbsp. chia seeds (fiber + protein + omega-3 fatty acids)

– 1 tbsp. coconut oil (high in natural saturated fats good for cholesterol levels + hair, skin, bone, teeth, heart health + digestion)

Any extra can be stored in the fridge for later.  Here are some excellent smoothie straws.

What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient? Or favorite smoothie recipe?  Please share!

Friday Favorites

August is here already?!  This summer is flying by.  I hope you all have fun plans for the month ahead.

  • Lake Pajamas: so soft and classic!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your SD camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • 4everBound Books: This company takes your child’s original work and binds them into hardcover books.  So that large pile of artwork can be scanned into a book, saving you space and memories!
  • Made by Mary: I purchased this necklace with both kids initials.  I wear it everyday.  Love it!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • Zella High Waist Leggings: Zella has become my favorite brand for leggings and workout attire.  These pants are high waist, holding in all the right spots, so comfortable, and they’re high quality. Plus, they’re currently on sale!!

Happy August!