Did you know...you can turn your blender into a magic bullet and a food processor?
I can't tell you how many times I have felt like making a smoothie, but ended up with fruit and yogurt in a bowl instead because I didn't feel like washing the blender.
Smoothies made with healthy ingredients can provide lots of nutrients and lasting energy. There are hundreds of different flavour combinations and they can make a great snack or a component to a meal. You can even make a smoothie the night before if you are worried about waking your room mates!
In spite of all of their benefits and the fact that they are delicious and portable, for me it still often came down to a decision of whether or not I felt like washing the blender...until recently.
I learned that the glass bottom on a blender is almost always the same diameter as a mason jar. This means that you can put all of your ingredients in the mason jar, blend them up, screw on the leak tight lid of the mason jar and take it with you. No blender washing required!
To build your own nutrient dense smoothie, use the following formula:
- Start with 1 cup of protein-rich liquid. This could be 1 cup of milk or soy milk, or a combination of yogurt and a milk or milk alternative. Almond milk and rice milk are not significant sources of protein. You could use 1 cup almond milk + a scoop of protein powder.
- Add 1 cup of fruit. This could be 1 banana, 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries or mango
- Pump up the nutrients. Try adding 1 tbsp. of ground flax, ground almonds or a handful of spinach. The spinach will turn the smoothie green, but it doesn't alter the taste.
- Add some flavour. Try 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, fresh ground ginger, or a little honey.