Blending with the Times
A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it. - Jerry Seinfeld
Years ago, I bought my first blender. I don't remember what I planned to make that required a blender, but it seemed like a great idea at the time. I may have used it once or twice. After that, it spent the bulk of its time under the counters of several kitchens - usually in the way and achieving a remarkable patina of dust and little spiders. After about, oh, 20 years of not using the blender, we sold it at a garage sale for a few dollars. Then I tasted my first strawberry smoothie and realized that I had made a great mistake. What to do? What I did was to buy a blender stick! Much easier to clean (one reason I did not like the blender) and far simpler to use.
Of the many delicious ways to add more fruits and veggies to your day, my new favorite is to mix up a refreshing smoothie. Smoothies are fast to make and the variations are endless. Late for work? Just pour the thing into a lidded container and sip as you head on out to the park n’ ride. Choose in-season fruit and you will never be bored. This time of year, I love adding chunks of wonderful sweet as candy fresh pineapple. Even though science has not in any way buttressed my personal observations, I find that the bromelain in pineapple is noticeably beneficial for my arthritis. To work, the pineapple does have to be fresh so don't bother with canned, frozen, or juiced pineapple if your goal is any sort of pain relief...in addition to making a tasty treat.
Plump up the stick-to-your-rib factor of a smoothie by adding extra fiber. One tablespoon or so of freshly ground flax seed, wheat bran, oat bran, or oat meal is all it takes. Use your favorite and whatever is at hand. Smoothie recipes are among the most flexible of all, so take one and make it your very own.
If you think that smoothies are just for fruit, think again and try Sharpshootinstar’s Green Monster Smoothie with variations on a monster theme.
Julia’s Strawberry Grenadine Smoothie is hands down the most refreshing smoothie around. Mix some up and go sit and sip on the patio for a while.
Berry Berry Smoothie takes full advantage of my favorite fruit - berries of all types!
Crazypotato98’s Banana Strawberry Smoothie is a hearty glass of deliciousness any time of day.
Michael’s Heavenly Breakfast Smoothie will stay with you all morning long and well deserving of its name.
This Orange Juice Smoothie Recipe that I found right here at Calorie Count using the recipe search bar uses orange juice with mixed berries and sounds delicious!
Frozen peaches make a wonderful change of smoothie pace in this Simply Peachy Smoothie!
For most fruits and veggies, one serving is only ½ a cup. The recipes above give you at least two servings of fruit and/or veggies - a fantastic way to start the day deliciously and nutritionally.
Do you have a blender sitting in your cupboards unused? Have you moved it several times? Will you get it out and fix one of these delicious smoothies (after cleaning off the spiders)? What is your favorite fruit or veggie to put in a smoothie? What is your favorite surprise smoothie ingredient? Do you love your smoothie green? Share your favorite recipe below! If you have a recipe you would like to be considered for CC Palate, send it to me by pm.