Once we figured out how to open it, we could use it. That coincided with me being home alone for the past two weeks, and I decided that while Andy was away, I'd have a smoothie every day! I don't know why it had to be when he's away, but it made sense at the time.
|Mango, banana, soymilk, oats, and LSA.|
Andy comes home tomorrow, so now seems like a good time to share my smoothie knowledge, and photos. Some of these things may not be revelations to anyone, but they were to me - I've been slow to the smoothie bandwagon, because of the lack of blender till now.
|Banana, peanut butter, and soy milk.|
Frozen fruit makes a smoothie which is more like a bowl of ice cream. And there is nothing more wonderful than having a bowl of ice cream for breakfast. Fruit that is cut before freezing is best for my (non-Vitamix) blender, except in the case of bananas - whole-frozen bananas break into pieces pretty easily, but once they've been sliced it seems the pieces freeze together into a block.
|Pina Colada - pineapple, coconut milk, and lime juice.|
Frozen pineapple is really good, but it's probably worth cutting out the fibrous core before freezing. We don't bother with this when we're eating pineapple, but there were a few fibrous chunks in my pineapple-y smoothies.
|Tropical - mango, banana, pineapple, LSA, oats, lime juice, and coconut milk.|
Green smoothies are fo reelz - they don't taste like spinach at all. I knew this in my head, and have always thought green smoothies are a cool idea, but when confronted with my first celadon-hued smoothie, I was a bit trepidatious. Until I had a taste.
|Oats, almond meal, ceylon spinach, mango, banana, and pineapple.|
In addition to adding green veggies, you can make orange smoothies, with carrot!
|Oats, almond meal, carrot, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, banana, and sunflower butter.|
Adding a small handful of oats, soaked overnight in water or milk (soy or coconut, for me), makes me feel full all morning.
|Oats, banana, almond meal, and I don't know what else!|
I had the clever (I thought) idea of soaking almonds and adding them to the smoothie, like basically making almond milk without straining. Not a good idea - the smoothie had lots of throat-tickling chunks of almond that were still chew-able, rather than soft. Almond meal, however, is a good way to pump up the protein for a post-exercise smoothie without choking.
|Almonds, soaked in a bit of water, and blended up with a banana, and with soymilk that was rinsed around a nearly-empty jar of chocolate sauce.|
I prefer to eat my smoothie out of a bowl, with a spoon, in almost every case. This reduces the likelihood of painful brain freezes. This one looked thin enough for a glass, but then I ended up eating with a spoon in the end.
Brain freeze aside, eating a big bowl of ice cream for breakfast did make me very cold on a few occasions - it must have cooled my core down, or something. This was good on the mornings when I rode in to uni, but on a Saturday morning I had to dive back under the doona to warm up - when it was 32 degrees outside.
|Blueberries, mango, pineapple, oats, flax seeds.|
Getting 2-4 serves of fruit, the odd serve of vegetable, a serve of rolled oats, and most mornings some almond meal and/or flax seeds is a pretty good start to the day, I think.
|Carrots, oats, almond meal, flax seeds, mango, and banana.|
So, what am I missing? I readily admit that I am still a smoothie novice, so give me your favourite smoothie tips!