April 26, 2010

Will it blend?

My boys (husband included) are addicted to the Blendtec commercials on YouTube. They spend hours laughing over all the zany things Tom blends. It got me thinking about actual foods I could make in a blender which got me reading about green smoothies which got me making them. I started with my WalMart $20 special so my drinks would more properly be labeled Chunkies. I drank/chewed my Chunkies for about a month and lost 7 pounds and felt a little more energetic. My kids wanted NOTHING to do with drinks you have to chew and some of them looked like mud. Wimps.

My husband was so impressed with my weight loss he bought me a Blendtec. Which I love. The one rule in the family though is that only food is allowed in the blender. I have to repeat that rule many, many times a week.

To make things easier for myself I freeze a lot of stuff. I buy 2 or 3 bunches of bananas, peel them and break them in half then put them in gallon size baggies. When I need a banana, I just grab one or two. I freeze grapes then put them in baggies. I peeled 5 or so pounds of grapefruit one day, broke them in half and put them in baggies. Most berries I buy already frozen (but if I find a great sale I buy them and freeze them myself). It works best to lay the fruit on a cookie sheet and freeze them for a few hours before putting them in a bag.

For the greens, I wash and cut them into largish chunks all the day I bring them home and store them in "produce" gallon-size baggies. This way I can just grab a handful of each and throw it in the blender. I also peel the beets all at once and cut them in half. Oh, you can use the stems of chard and beets, but I'd only put them in a reddish smoothie or it will make it brown.

I try to buy organic or local produce but that's not always possible. Or cost effective. If it's not organic I usually peel it first (like apples and pears). If it costs too much I just buy the regular and think of all the great benefits eating more fruits and vegetables brings to my life.

I eyeball amounts based on who is going to be drinking it. The kids will drink a small one with breakfast or lunch. I drink a quart at breakfast and a quart at lunch. Usually with lunch I'll also have "something to chew" like a piece of toast or a small helping of leftovers.

Here are the base recipes I use:
My basic RED/PINK smoothie:
Coconut water or regular water if I'm out of coconut
half a Beet
One or two large carrots
a small handful of raw cashews or almonds
a scoop or two of dark colored flax seeds

I then mix and match whatever else I have on hand which would include any of the following:
Yogurt or kefir (any flavor except chocolate and such)
Red grapes

For GREEN smoothies
My base recipe is:
1/2 to 1 pear (if it's organic I throw the whole thing in, otherwise I peel)
1/2 to 1 apple (same as pear for organic)
vanilla yogurt (about 2 or 3 large spoonfuls)
1 banana
a small handful of raw cashews or almonds
a small scoop of light colored flax seeds
a few inches of water at the bottom

Then ANY of the following:
Beet greens
Green grapes
Romaine or green leaf lettuce
Lemon (1/2)
Radish tops

For a MIXED smoothie:
Add any of the RED and GREENS together. If you don't want it to look like mud make sure you add the beet.

For an AMAZING CITRUS Smoothie:
1/2 grapefruit (cut off just the rind, leave as much 'white' as you can)
2 oranges (same as above)
1 banana
a cup or two of frozen berries like blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, even cherries
a few large spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt (about 1/2 cup)

I also make a great PEACH/MANGO smoothie by accident.
1/2 grapefruit
1/2 banana
2 oranges
some peach-mango juice
a few spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt
a small container of peach applesauce my kids refuse to eat


  1. Laughing...too...much...to...type...

  2. Yay for Blendtec and green smoothies!!! Yum!


  3. Of course you are making smoothies! Of course, since we do live parallel lives....I'm dying to go to the store now and restock on some good fruit and veggies. I like your idea of freezing them since I have a going to the store problem. It's way to inconvenient 45+min away. Thanks for the great ideas!