I am thrilled to be able to post this scrumptious article for you to enjoy! My mama, Anita G. has a super idea to help your family get in all those good-for-you nutrients. Enjoy!
Do you ever wish you could get more fruits and vegetables into your kids’ cute little tummies? Or is your husband a “meat & potatoes” kind of guy who’d rather not eat “rabbit food”? Or maybe its your own diet that has you concerned? Whichever it may be, I’d like to suggest a yummy solution! We have discovered the benefits of making smoothies!
We started out with juicing, which is a great way to go too, but you end up with alot of the fiber & goodness going out with the trash. We really enjoyed the juice, but it didn’t feel right throwing so much away. So we invested in a Vitamix and there’s no waste! (In case you’ve never heard of the Vitamix, it’s rather like a super-powered blender. It’s amazing what all you can do with one, but we’ll leave that for another day.) Smoothies are so versatile, you can add just about anything you have on hand. Start out with one of your favorite juices…orange, apple, pineapple, grape, etc. I use about 1/2 cup for a single serving. Then start adding fruits and vegetables! Grape juice is wonderful for covering up the taste of the veggies you’re sneaking in. I think the main trick is to add in as many fruits as vegetables to give it a good flavor. Add a carrot, a handful of fresh spinach or lettuce, a small zucchini, etc. I’ve even added a couple spoonfuls of cooked butternut squash and couldn’t tell it was in there! Strawberries, raspberries & blueberries are super for hiding the veggie taste. Frozen fruits are great & will give your smoothie the texture of a frozen treat of milkshake. With the Vitamix, making a smoothie is fast & easy! The combinations you can use are endless. Here are some of the things I like to use and are easy to have on hand:
Veggies- fresh spinach; romaine lettuce; fresh zucchini squash; cooked frozen butternut squash – I put it in a plastic bag in the fridge & use it over several days; raw carrots; raw tomotoes.
Fruits- fresh or frozen- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peach slices, fresh pineapple chunks, apples ( I remove the core & seeds), seedless grapes, oranges (peeled) bananas, etc.
Another way to add a little more goodness is to include some yogurt or kefir(kind of like liquid yogurt). If you use a lot of fresh fruit & vegetables, you might want to add some ice cubes before blending to make the smoothie nice & cold. If you use a lot of frozen fruit, you won’t need the ice.So, experiment with the different combinations to see what your family likes best. Then enjoy a secret smile because you know how much goodness is in that special treat your family just enjoyed!
Feel free to leave a comment for Anita and tell us what kind of smoothie you would like to make…or if you have a favorite combination that we could all enjoy!