A Toast to Spring

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Alright, let me make this clear and get it out in the open before anything gets misconstrued.

I’m no smoothie maker.

I was never really big on the smoothie scene. I don’t have a huge, $300 blender that has its own infomercial. I’m just a dude that likes fruit. That’s it. No, I’m not converting my food blog to a smoothie blog. Until my $20 blender that I don’t even remember buying burns out and dies, don’t expect me to get too invested in this game. I don’t even know if it was $20. I said that because it just looks like it costs that much. And don’t come to me for any sort of guidance unless it has to do with this post. Baby steps, people. Let me get there.

Why am I even bothering then? Well, because I liked the way it came out. Nothing fancy about it, nothing crazy in the ingredients. And it probably won’t blow your mind; it’s just good.

And it’s the first day of spring!! So what better way to welcome it than a nice, fruity smoothie? ¡Salud!


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  (Yes, I’m calling it that)

           3/4 cup ~ Frozen Mixed Berries
               1 each ~ Fresh Banana
            1/2 cup ~ Plain Yogurt
            1/4 cup ~ Old Fashioned Oats
            1/4 cup ~ Milk
            1/4 cup ~ Fruit Juice
3/4 teaspoon ~ Cinnamon
             a pinch ~ Nutmeg, freshly grated
      1 teaspoon ~ Sugar or Honey
                                 A few ice cubes


Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to blend a smoothie. If you really don’t know how to make one, there is absolutely nothing I can do to help you in life.

I will tell you that I used Juicy Juice Fruit Punch as the Fruit Juice. But I’ve used Orange Juice in the past and it came out good too. Also, the mixed berries contain Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries. It’s a pack I picked up in Target. I’m using frozen because they’re easier to keep in this house than fresh fruit.

And by easier, I mean cheaper.

Also, in my smoothie research (yes, I researched how to make smoothies, it’s a bad habit I have), I found that frozen fruits are in fact better than fresh fruit when it comes to nutrients. Reason being is when fresh fruit is picked, in order for it to last from the grower, to the shelf, to us, it has to be picked before it’s ripe. And not letting it fully ripen doesn’t allow whatever it is to become fully enriched the way nature intended.

Frozen fruit on the other hand, is picked when it is fully ripened. Then it’s frozen, shipped and used whenever you decide to use them. And whenever you do, they’ll have all the nutrients they had just like the day they were picked. Think Sylvester Stallone and how he was cryogenically frozen in Demolition Man, then he defrosted and it was like he never aged. Like freaking magic. But more science-y.

Look at me! Not knowing anything about smoothies and still teaching you stuff!

Wanna learn more? Here’s a nifty little chart I found on Pinterest that breaks down what you need for a smoothie:

smoothie info

Freaking Pinterest. So handy if you can navigate around all the nail polish pins.

Let me know if you like this smoothie post thing. I really do want to get into making more of them and more often. I’m in it for the good stuff. I want to start eating more balanced and when I have a smoothie it usually accompanies a slice of peanut butter toast and it replaces a meal.

Mmmm… Melted peanut butter..

And when I get comfortable I’ll start going all mad scientist and use all sorts of ingredients like vanilla extract, iced coffee or cocoa powder (hey, chocolate is good for you, you know). It should be fun. I look forward to it!

Hope everyone enjoys spring! Go say hi to a butterfly or something..

 

8 Comments:

  1. Sounds tasty to me! Mind you, I’m no smoothie connoisseur either. However, I figure…if you blend up a bunch of ingredients that typically taste good together, you can’t go wrong! Within reason of course. I mean, I like a steak and a baked potato together, but I’m not about to go toss them in a blender. Ok then…
    PS. It sure doesn’t look like spring around here at all. Another foot of snow is expected tonight. Halp!

    • Exactly! As long as you know the flavors you’re working with then you shouldn’t have a problem. Then again, I’ve already made some fairly lackluster smoothies, so it’s hard to fully back that thought.And ha, thanks for making me not want steak and potatoes for a while.

      I know what you mean with the spring thing. We’re gonna have a high of 45 tomorrow. Someone didn’t get the memo. But hey, at least we’re not getting a foot of snow! Have fun with that! 🙂

  2. I loooooooove smoothies. There’s this place called Bubbles that I visit all the time that makes a thing called the Sweet Valentine, which is raspberries, strawberries, yogurt, honey, and a banana. It’s what I get every time (plus they’ll add boba bubbles to it, which is a huge plus in my book).

    This sounds like an interesting smoothie, and if I had a blender I would certainly try it. The infographic is a nice touch too.

    • Thanks. When I’m out and about, I usually cave and get a milkshake over a smoothie. I can’t help it, I’m weak.

      And you don’t have a blender?? What’s up with that? Guess I can’t talk, mine literally appeared out of nowhere.

  3. I am a new convert to smoothies. Normally…I like to chew my food. But I love them in mid-morning or afternoon…to get my mind off pie and cookies. 🙂

    • Yes, they help me forget about needing something sweet too. And I agree about enjoying to chew my food, but you can’t beat enjoying all this stuff in one cup while you’re busy doing stuff. …Or maybe I’m just lazy.

  4. I don’t drink enough smoothies. There is never any frozen fruit in my freezer or fruit in general in my house. That says something doesn’t it? This recipe looks good though and that chart is very handy. Once it warms up a bit in Seattle, I am gonna try this.

    • Haha, does it ever really warm up in Seattle?

      I always like to TRY to have fruit in the house, but.. Cookies and sweets are so much easier to keep..

      And that chart is crazy helpful!

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