The Beauty of Blending!

If your morning is anything like mine, it’s craziness from the moment your feet hit the floor, till you run out your door! Most mornings I am the only family member who has yet to enjoy breakfast by the time I’m dropping my kiddos off at school. Knowing that I was missing out of the most important meal of the day, it was time to make a change in our routine.

I only had to rearrange 5 little minutes and I grabbed my blender.  I throw in a couple ingredients, blend it up, and pour it into a traveling glass. I drink my meal in the car, and satisfying many of my daily required fruits and veggies on the go!

What are the benefits of blending?

Certain fruits like bananas and avocados can’t be processed in a juicer. Both of these fruits have amazing health benefits, and they should be happily consumed.

Greens can be made in your blender as well, and since you’re not discarding your pulp, you are getting the fiber that would normally be removed with juicing.

Liquids cannot be added to your juicer, so blending is beneficial when you want to add other ingredients, like water, milk or yogurt.

In my humble opinion, the biggest plus side to blending is the ability to use frozen fruit. Frozen fruit and vegetables are usually flash frozen at its peak of freshness so you are retaining all the goodness that the produce provides.

In the “off season” for berries, it’s much more cost effective for me to purchase frozen berries vs. fresh. I can stock my freezer full and not worry about running out of ingredients, or having my fresh ingredients spoil, before my next trip to the market. You can also just throw your ripened bananas into the freezer, skin and all. They will still peel easily when frozen.

Blending: some of my favorite juice and smoothie recipes

 Pineapple Spinach Juice

  • 1 cup of pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup of spinach, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger, grated (optional)

Place the water in your blender, followed by all the other ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds (starting on your lowest speed, working up to the highest speed for only about 10 seconds) or until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie (pictured)

  • 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana, peel and cut into 2 inch (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup of milk, or almond milk
  • 6 oz of greek style yogurt
  • ½ cup of ice

Place the liquid in the blender, followed by all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

We change this smoothie up daily by using a different flavor of yogurt. Try Vanilla, Banana Cream Pie, or Raspberry. Be sure to read the label on your greek yogurt. Many are high in calories, sugar and carbs. Our family prefers Kroger’s CarbMaster yogurt at only 60 calories, 4g Carbs, 3g Sugar and 8-9g of Protein.

I’d love to hear your favorite blended beverage recipe! Leave your comments below!

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