Now that we're swinging into the warmer weather smoothies have made their way back into my daily schedule. Smoothies are one of my favorite food items as a mom because they're SO fast and can be extremely nutritious.
Smoothies are a delicate dance between too sweet if you add too much fruit and too .... hmm is there a word from something that tastes like liquid salad (gross). I have come up with three smoothie recipes that fit perfectly in our lives. I think picking smoothie ingredients can be a little overwhelming and have definitely fallen in the trap of "everything but the kitchen sink" and ended up with a brown smoothie that serves WAY too many people and has way too many flavors than needed haha.
I've honed in on my top three flavor and ingredient combinations and I find I really stick to these three and just cycle through them based on what I'm craving. I would love to share them with you (below) but first, I want to tell you why smoothies should be a mom's best friend.
- They're one handed meals. Need I say more?
- They're cold already so as a mom it's one less "hot" meal we miss out on
- They can be left out and consumed over time
- When our kids (inevitably) want some of what we're having we love to share with them because "hey! fruit and veggies!!" that's a win
- They are easy to throw together and easy to clean up after - basically a one pot meal but just a "one blender meal"
- If you're still nursing, these smoothies will help increase milk supply, keep you hydrated and they're easy to drink while actually nursing your little babe
Here are some of my favorite smoothie hacks to make smoothies easier in your life:
- If you make too much just freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays then store in baggies so you can throw a few in to bulk up your next smoothie
- When wanting a specific color smoothie - start with the ingredients with that color and build around it with yellow or white fruit/veggies nothing that interferes with the color you're wanting
- Any ingredient you're struggling to get a "fine" consistency with put in the blender first with the liquid of choice then blend before adding the rest of the ingredients (ex. leafy greens or nuts)
- Drink your smoothie out of an insulated cup (like a yeti) it will stay frothy and icy for much longer instead of separating like it does in my mason jars
- When you find your fruit is about to go bad in your fridge, wash it up, cut it up if needed and freeze it for smoothies instead of tossing it - Also buy frozen fruit for smoothies (it's cheaper and has the same health benefits)
- Know what you can freeze - yes you can even freeze fresh spinach and avocado!
- Feel free to turn these smoothies into full on smoothie bowls - which if you ever wondered the difference there isn't much haha - mostly just a thicker consistency and ALL the toppings (my favorite toppings are: toasted coconut, granola, sliced bananas, crushed nuts, and Kiefer)
Ok now is time for my go to three smoothie recipes. I have basic recipe's which I will share and some optional ingredients I sometimes add if I have them on hand. Hope you enjoy!!
PB oatmeal protein bomb:
- 1/2c. dry oats
- 1/2-1 frozen banana
- 1/2c. whole milk (or your milk of choice)
- 2Tbsp+ Peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1Tbsp Hemp seeds, ground flax or chia seeds (I always try to soak my chia seeds in water first even if only for 10-15 min just to get the most nutrition out of them)
- Optional ingredients: protein powder (chocolate flavor is delicious but I mostly use unflavored collegen, iced coffee, caoco powder, diced up cooked sweet potatoes
Add water to thin out to your desired consistency and blend! This is one of my favorites after a workout that I do outside - cools me off but fills me of healthy fats, protein and complex carbs!
Purple Dream Acai PB Smoothie:
- 1/2-1c spinach
- 1/2-1 packet frozen acai pouch (I get ours from trader joes there is no added sugar)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2++ Tbsp Peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
- 1Tbsp Hemp seeds, ground flax or chia seeds
- Optional ingredients: protein powder (stick to unflavored), acai powder, avocado (<1/2 otherwise it changes the color), whole nuts-soaked cashews work best, probiotic supplement (open pill and drop in the powder)
Add water to your desired consistency and blend! This one is a pretty deep purple color and is really delicious. The amount of banana will determine the sweetness you like and I like the PB flavor to shine through so I add quite a bit ;) This one was inspired by a smoothie bowl we got on Catalina Island for one our anniversary trips and it was incredible I couldn't wait to recreate it at home!
Green Green Powerful Machine:
- 1-2c spinach (I used to use kale but I like the taste of spinach better)
- 1/4-1/2 avocado
- 1/2-1 frozen banana
- 1/2c. frozen pineapple chunks (can sub for mango)
- 1/4c. plain Kiefer (or yogurt, I actually love the plain goat's milk Kiefer from trader joes it's really sour and delicious)
- 1-2 scoops protein powder (I usually use collegen)
- 1tsp spirulina powder (one day I'd like to increase this amt but it's really strong so be light handed otherwise it takes over the taste)
- Optional ingredients: 1Tbsp hemp seeds or chia seeds (can you tell these are my favorite to add), 1/2c cucumber, 1/2c steamed/frozen cauliflower, 1Tbsp ginger or tumeric, cinnamon
Add water or nut milk to your desired consistency and blend! You can also add ice to this recipe since less of the ingredients are frozen to make it extra frothy and cold!
Hope you all enjoyed these recipes! Take a picture of your smoothie and tag me on Instagram if you try one!
Oh and if any of you are still nursing, some quick tips to help keep that supply up is to use the higher calorie option for liquid (ie milk instead of water), add ground flax (best if you grind it yourself - can be done in high powered blender or a coffee grinder), oats, and nuts all great ingredients to help with milk supply.