During the summer months, when the scorching heat kicks in and the humidity and haze ensues, the desire to turn the oven or stove to preheat can quickly fade away. In an instant, the breakfast options can dwindle. Therefore, this week it’s all about creating the perfect “frozen” or “frosty” breakfast: homemade smoothies. Not only are they hearty, satisfying, and refreshing, they are also extremely versatile. Below you’ll find tips, tricks, and suggestions for revamping your smoothie recipes:
1. First we should talk about the logistics of the blender, as well as the four main components that a homemade smoothie consists of. These individual components include: the base, the fruit, the veggies, and the blend-ins. When preparing your smoothie, you always want to pour the liquid, or the thing that best represents a liquid, (like yogurt) into the blender first. It’s a lot easier on the machine, and on the operator, because it eliminates the need for shaking the blender to free chunks of frozen fruit (or frozen veggies if you are going with a savory smoothie) from the blade.
2. A lot of people put ice cubes in the blender to give their smoothie an extra “frosty” taste, but there are alternative methods to achieving the same chilled smoothie. By using frozen fruit in place of ice, you’ll not only increase the nutritional value of the meal, but you’ll also have a “frozen” sensation on your hands. Still can’t get past the ice cubes? Try making coconut water ice cubes to inject a healthy dose of potassium, magnesium, and electrolytes into your breakfast.
3. Never throw away bananas that are on their way out, instead, you can place them in the freezer for smoothies. Just don’t forget to peel them and slice them before placing them into the freezer- there’s nothing worse than trying to remove the skin from a frozen banana!
4. If you feel like the base you use for your smoothie is getting boring, and you find yourself always reaching for the same soy milk or Greek yogurt, a great way to switch things up is to use a nutrient dense tea. For example, if you struggle with high blood pressure, green tea is a great smoothie base to help combat this issue. In addition, ginger tea can help with arthritis, and rosemary tea can help decrease the symptoms associated with gallbladder.
5. It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the serving size for smoothies. I know that I occasionally end up with a little bit extra that doesn’t quite fit into the glass. One of the best ways to make the most of your leftover smoothie, especially in the summertime, is to make popsicles! If you have Popsicle molds at home, simply pour the extra smoothie mixture into them and then enjoy! However, if you don’t have any popsicle molds, paper cups and popsicle sticks will do the trick!
Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,