Friday, January 21, 2011

Blender love

If you're anything like me, you probably own a blender. And can probably count on one hand the number of times you've gotten it out recently.

For some reason, in my mind, I think my blender is a huge pain to use. Having to get all the parts out of the cabinet. And dealing with the cleanup. In reality, it's not a big deal at all, so I don't know why I continue to think that way.

Today, my blender came out of hibernation. I'm embarrassed to say it's been hibernating for over a year. But I have a friend with a sick kiddo that wasn't wanting to eat or drink much, so I suggested a few smoothies and offered to make and bring them over.

I did, and once I got home, figured I should take advantage of some smoothie goodness too.

If, for some odd, crazy reason, you've never made smoothies, you totally should! It's so simple, and you can use any sort of flavors your little heart desires! There's no need for a recipe.

For example, for the kiddo, I made one with a handful of strawberries, half a banana and a 1/2 cup of milk. I made another with a whole banana, a big tbsp of peanut butter and a 1/2 cup of milk. So hopefully if he's interested in trying the smoothie, he'll be getting some fruit (vitamins!) some milk (calcium + protein) and peanut butter (protein +healthy fats).
For mine that you see above, I used strawberries, pineapple, mango, banana and some milk. I like my smoothies thick (think eat with a spoon, not drink) so I use frozen fruit and only blend til combined. (for a drink like consistency, use room temp or refrigerated fruit and blend a little longer.)
Usually I like to use yogurt in my smoothies, for thickness plus all the benefits of yogurt, but today I didn't have any.
You're welcome to sweeten your smoothies with sugar, honey, juice, etc, and that's delicious, but I was just going for some fruity goodness today.


  1. I feel the same way about my food processor and every time I use it, I'm surprised at how it really isn't that hard to use at all!

  2. smoothies are awesome!! :D :D you definitely should use it more often. heck, if you wanna send me over some smoothies, you're welcomed to! ;D

    hope your friend's kid is feelin better.

  3. You can get and immersion blender, *stick blender), that makes wonderful drinks, smoothies, purees soups and sauces, starting at $25. I haven't used my blender in years. thanks for stopping by my blog.

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