Hey, hello, hi! What do ya know? It is citrus season! And I am not freezing my butt off. Welcome to CA, eh? It feels good to be prepared and to feel good about the decisions that we make, yes? Yep. Rocking back and forth between options isn't always a good thing, so settling down and planting your feet is good for the mind. I believe that is called indecision, and 2018 is my year to intentionally STOP toruting myself through my insane ability to be indecisive.
Striking the balance of "being prepared" and "over thinking" is pretty common for me. But! I do think that one cannot overthing the prepared-ness of smoothie-ing. I don't think it is ever a bad idea to have some nourishing, quick and satisfying tricks up the sleeve, ya know?
Since moving, my beloved blender has been packed away...for about 6 months. But now, she is back out, and ready to rock n' roll. How about yours? Perhaps once of your resolutions is to eat more fruits, veg and nuts/seeds/all the good-for-you birdfood? If so, I love love love my blender, butttt I realize that this is an investment, and if saving $ is also a 2018 intentiom for you, I can highly recommend (this is my own opinion and based on my own use/my boo's exentisive research in his quest to find a reasonably price but powerful blender) these two options: Option 1 & Option 2.Ok. So, let's get to it. Smoothies can be prepped. Place all the goodness into re-sealable and re-usable bags* or containers that you have. Make an assembly line of sorts. You'll need:
- Fruit: bananas, mango, citrus, pineapple, blueberries, cherries...you name it, you blend it! Life hack: Trader Joe's has some of the best deals on frozen fruits. Avocado also adds creaminess, but I'd recommend that you add this right as you blend because it'll get brown if you freeze it.
- Sweet: Add a date or two, or use an extra banana if you have a sweet tooth (raises hand...)
- Nuts/Seeds: chia, hemp, flax, cashews, almonds, walnuts, coconut (dried or even frozen coconut flesh) nut/seed butters work too, especially if you have a lower-powered blender. I love to have sunbutter, peanut butter or tahini in my smoothies.
- Some Tang: greek or plain yogurt, lemon, lime! Balances the sweetness of fruit and is good for your insides.
- Some Protein Power: I really like this one for a dairy option, and this one is my favorite for a plant-based option (<---Thrive market is a great resource for discounted natural foods!).
- Liquid: you'll add this once you're ready to blend. Plant-based or regular milk, water, coconut water, go nuts. I usually blend with water or unsweetened plant-based milk, like almond or soy or coconut.
- Tip: Pinch of Sea Salt! Really, just a pinch. I usually grab for my Maldon because it is on my counter! This brings out the sweetness and rounds out the flavors, just be sure you check if you use nut/seed butters as sometimes the salt is already in there.
- *I know that this looks like an insane amount of plastic bags, but rest assured, I re-use mine several times, and always recylce. You probably should, too.
Ok, so my smoothie prep this week went like this:
- Spinach, Carrot, Banana, Orange, Fresh Ginger Root, Flax
- Spinach, Banana, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon
- Tahini, Strawberry, Banana, Pumpkin Seeds, Cinnamon
- Strawberry, Pineapple, Flax, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut, Banana
- Blueberry, Peanut Butter, Natural Cocoa Powder, Pumpkin Seeds, Cinnamon, Pinch of Sea SaltThe coconut chunks I scored from Trader Joe's are a perfect sub for ice! They give the smoothie texture and lotsa good fats. Pretty sure I have seen these at Whole Foods as well. Give them a go!Ok, and go! We are off to a very healthy and bright and DECISIVE 2018!