Happy healthy day everyone!! I have a confession. I am in another relationship. Anthony knows about it and is supportive…wait ok. This is weird. It’s my blender… My Blendtec. We’ve been together almost four years now and he has never let me down. I give him fresh, basic ingredients and he gives me a creamy, cold cup of delicious bliss. After just a few sips of said bliss I feel like I can climb a freakin’ mountain, or at least throw a football over them. (Napoleon Dynamite anyone?)
Today I found some extra cranberries in the freezer from the holidays. Since I don’t see myself making cranberry sauce any time soon (like until, um, Thanksgiving) I thought maybe they could add a punch to our smoothie this afternoon. And I thought right.
Let me introduce you to our lineup:
SPINACH Any greens will do. Kale, Swiss Chard, Romaine etc. Just try to make sure it is organic. I am by no means an organic nazi, however, I try to make sure my smoothies have organic greens. You will be ingesting a large amount of them, AND our bodies sucks up these nutrients easier than they would greens from a salad.
ORANGES This is a regular navel orange and a Cara cara orange. A Cara cara orange looks like a small grapefruit, but it tastes like a regular orange. I would say it’s not as bright tasting as an orange but has a deep ruby flavor. Ruby? Yeah totally. There isn’t much of a taste difference in the smoothie, so feel free to use just a regular orange.
Measuring for smoothies is just wrong. IMHO. You gotta do what you feel. If you want healthier, use less fruit and more greens. If you want if sweeter use more fruit. I will just explain what I do for me and the kids, so parents listen up!
This base recipe makes around 32 oz. I make this for me, and take about 24 oz. Then add more fruit to what is left in the blender, re-blend and give it to the kids. 1. Stuff/pack/smoosh greens into the blender up to the 3 cup line.
2. Add the fruit on top of the greens.
For my smoothie I used:
- 1/2 Navel 1/2 Cara Cara orange
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- half a banana
- 1/4 apple (This apple was bigger than a softball)
4. Pour water until the water line comes just below the top of the spinach.
6. This is where I pour my cup, and then add more fruit for the kids. You could also add yogurt, juice or honey. My kids love it with just a touch more fruit. Why do I add more fruit for the kids? This particular smoothie is slightly tart from the um, oh I don’t know, the cranberries? So the kids enjoy it more with a little more sweetness. Liam, my 4 year old asked if we could have this smoothie every day, my 3 year old was lukewarm about it but drank it anyway, and my 1 year old guzzled it out of his sippy cup like a gansta y’all.
My kids drank this smoothie for lunch alongside Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets and french fries. Sup. I keep it real.
Happy health drinking! Do you have any favorite smoothie combos?