Summertime is coming in hot across the country right now (see what I did there, hehe) and that means breakfast and snack time need refreshing makeovers. We love smoothies all year round, but especially when it’s 80 degrees already at 9 am, ain’t nobody wanna be slaving over a splattering pan of bacon and eggs.
Smoothies offer densely packed nutrition, portability and refreshing yum-factor, it’s a win-win-win. It helps to do a little on-the-fly prep as your week goes by. Whatever extra fruit you have lying around about to go bad, chop it up and freeze it. Bananas (obvi), melon, berries, pineapple, mango and watermelon are all great frozen additions. OJ been sitting around for a while? Toss it in an ice-cube tray for future smoothies.
Here are some faves! Fire up that blender and enjoy.
This is Annie’s OG smoothie from back in medical school and is still her go-to for a filling breakfast. You can make it thicker and have it as a smoothie-bowl with some nuts and fresh berries on top also. All measurements are super-approximate, I don’t actually measure anything.
3/4 Cup Frozen Organic Mixed Berries (I usually get from Costco)
1 small frozen banana
1.5 C spinach or kale
1 C Cashew milk (or any other creamy substance you like)
1 heaping TBS cashew, almond or peanut butter
Optional 1/2 C plain whole-fat yogurt
Ultimate afternoon pick-me-up right here. Not super filling – great for after workout or if you didn’t quite eat enough of your kids’ leftover dino-nuggets at lunch to get you through till dinner 😉 It’s super hydrating and also packed with great vitamins with the watermelon and cucumber combo.
This one also makes a great alcoholic slushie if you cut out the yogurt and add a shot of vodka or gin instead.
1 C frozen watermelon chunks
1/2 C roughly chopped cucumber – if bitter, skin mostly removed
1/2 C plain whole milk yogurt
1 TBS fresh mint
Enough OJ or pineapple juice to be able to blend – the watermelon has a lot of water, so you won’t need much, start with 1/2 C.
For added protein boost to any smoothie, consider throwing in a scoop of healthy protein powder. Annie’s fave is NanoPro Vanilla Protein powder, Margo’s prefers Arbonne Vanilla Protein and Kristy’s go-to is Ascent Native Whey Protein Powder.
Hope you all have fun getting your blend on this weekend! xoxo, Lockers To Littles crew.