Does Anyone Want A Fruit Smoothie?
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Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks at our home. They are quick to make and are nice and sweet! When I started to cut out refined sugars from my daily eating habits I had to find a good replacement for my nightly ice cream snack. This was it! It took me a while to be able to make a good smoothie that I enjoyed really well, but I finally got there. It takes some trial and error, but keep working at it. You can get there too!
How Do I Start?
When making my smoothie I like to make sure to have fresh bananas that are starting to turn brown. The bananas that have not started to turn brown yet are not as sweet, and the sugars have not broken down yet. When the natural sugars have not broken down it makes the banana harder for our bodies to digest. So the bananas shouldn’t be eaten before they start to turn brown anyway. After they start to turn brown, the sugars break down and are easier for our bodies to digest. So waiting for the bananas to turn brown has health benefits and makes the smoothies that much sweeter!
What Else Do I Add?
After making sure I have good bananas to use, I look for the frozen fruit. I have used different varieties of frozen fruit and they are all good. This is where you can change the smoothie a lot and still have it taste sweet because of the banana. I like to get to the frozen fruit section of the grocery store and get a big bag of mixed fruit. There are two different combinations that are my favorite. One is the mixed berries that have blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. The other mixed berries I love is the blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Those two combinations are my favorite so far! So for this part, pick your favorite fruits and mix them in! I have made smoothies with just adding strawberries or strawberries and blueberries and those were yummy as well. The last main ingredient I add is either yogurt, Keifer, or both. There are other things that can be added to the smoothie for health benefits. Some examples are raw eggs, chia seeds, coconut oil, and anything else you would like.
Mixing It All Up
I really enjoy using a food processor to blend my smoothies. It mixes the smoothie really well! If you have another blender that works well that is great too! I like this machine because it is quiet to use (my kids don’t get scared) and it chops up the frozen fruit to be very smooth. A regular blender never really did that for me. Before I used my food processor I had chunky smoothies, now I have nice frozen snacks! There are many sizes, but I got the 11 cup processor because I wanted to be able to make a lot at one time.
The first ingredients I put in this mixer is going to be the soft things, such as the bananas, yogurt/Keifer, raw eggs, or anything else that isn’t frozen. Then I mix those together quickly first. I do this because it creates less of a mess when I add the frozen berries. The frozen berries mix in much better after the other ingredients are chopped up. Then add the frozen berries and mix until smooth. While the frozen berries are mixing in there I also like to add something else to give it a citrus taste. I use 1-2 drops of Young Living Essential Oil Grapefruit, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh, Orange, or Lemon. This gives the smoothie a nice extra flavor. And it can be changed each day or week. I hope you enjoy the smoothie!
- Yogurt or Keifer – about 1 cup
- 2-3 brown bananas
- Frozen berries – about 1/2 – 3/4 cup
- Raw eggs – 1-2 (optional)
- Chia Seeds – 1 Tbs. (optional)
- Pick any of the Young Living Essential Oils: Grapefruit, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh, Orange, or Lemon
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