I had a really great time making smoothes with momstown's Junior Chefs last week! It was so fun to watch all of the kids enjoy sampling some new ingredients and happily consuming spinach (definitely worth sponsoring the program to witness that!!) As promised, here are my two cents worth about smoothies!
I have always enjoyed a great smoothie, but about 10 months ago, after receiving a Nutribullet for Christmas, I started to prepare a smoothie for breakfast almost every single morning! I started my smoothie making journey by following some of the recipes that were suggested in the cookbook that came along with my awesome little blender, but eventually just started making up random recipes based on what I had in the fridge at the time. I am happy to report, that I have enjoyed some great results for my efforts! To begin with, these breakfast smoothies keep me satisfied until close to lunch time, which has cut out a lot of mid-morning snacking. After a couple of months of breakfast smoothies, I noticed that my cycles began to normalize (I know TMI)…but the point is, I was making a simple change in my life, and my body responded positively! Smoothies have also become a regular addition to my daughters breakfast routine, although, typically without a lot of greens!
Smoothies are pretty simple to prepare and can be the most amazing delivery system for so many nutritious foods! We use a lot of fresh or frozen fruit in our smoothies, and I have found that frozen mangos, grapes, pineapple and watermelon add a natural sweetness to pretty much any smoothie. Blueberries add a great flavour and seem to have the ability to cover up some pretty strong flavours, very helpful when you begin to add greens! When adding greens, I try to change it up every few days. One of my favourite are beet greens, they are very nutritious and add quite a nice flavour! Bousfields Organic Farm sells beet greens at the Milton Farmers Market and from their farm store, which is located on Derry road just west of Tremaine. Prewashed spring mix or spinach is also an excellent and convenient way to add greens to a smoothie. Presidents choice makes a wonderful organic mix that contains baby kale, which is very healthy and tasty as a salad as well!
I have recently started to add Kefir to smoothies in place of yogurt. You will find Kefir in the yogurt section of your grocery store, Liberte makes a couple of different flavours of it. You can even make your own Kefir at home using Kefir Grains, whole milk, goat milk or coconut milk! (I am planning to try this soon!). It has a tangy sweet flavour, is a complete protein and is loaded with probiotics, and I have read that it is often well tolerated by people who suffer from lactose intolerance, read more about Kefir here!
We sweeten our smoothies with raw local honey, which offers so many wonderful health benefits and allows me to hide a few veggies in my girls smoothies! I have recently started to add coconut oil to a lot of recipes, and it can easily be added to a smoothie, It adds a mild sweet coconut flavour and provides an incredible amount of health benefits and energy. Here's a great article about coconut oil and why you should work it into your diet! There really aren't any rules for what should or shouldn't go into a smoothie, so play around with it, figure out what you like and your body will thank you! As promised, here are the recipes that we prepared at last weeks Junior Chef program. I have not included measurements for the ingredients mentioned…the truth is, unless I'm baking, I tend not to follow recipes exactly…Smoothies are more of an art than a science and everyone will have their own personal preferences. For example, my daughters enjoy really sweet, thick frozen smoothies and I am content with pretty much anything that comes out of my blender! Just relax and don't be afraid to try something new!! I have added a couple of cool smoothie recipe / infographic posts to my Whole Food & Healthy Living Idea's Pinterest Board recently, I hope that you enjoy them!
Smoothie Recipes From Our Junior Chef Program.
Local Raw Honey Honey
Vanilla Almond Milk
Local Raw Honey
Vanilla Almond Milk
This blog is written by momstown Milton member and sponsor Michelle Hawco