Out of all of my friends, I think I consume the most amount of pureed fruits and vegetables and there is only one explanation– smoothies. This is by far my go to, and it costs less than $3 to make. Every time that I drink it, I feel ready to accomplish anything and it is great for both the summer and winter. Whether you’re trying to boost antioxidants or cool down, a smoothie is always the answer.
- 1-2 cups of frozen triple berry mixture
- 1 cup of frozen spinach
- 4 oz of greek vanilla yogurt
- 4 oz of orange juice
- Fruit of Choice
If you’re really into organic produce you can go to a co-op or your organic produce section and then pre-freeze the ingredients. However, I’m ballin’ on a budget so Walmart/Price Chopper are where my spare dollars reside. At Walmart, I typically buy the 48oz Triple Berry Mix for $10. At Price Chopper I buy the bag of frozen spinach that is on sale (usually $1 or $2) and the cheapest tub of vanilla greek yogurt ($5). I also buy the granola ($4) and fruit of the week ($5) at Price Chopper– this week it was BOGO strawberries and 1.99/lb cherries! As for the orange juice, I’ll buy it from either place.
Most people don’t understand that the key to efficient blending and equally distributed flavor is all in the layering. The thing that is furthest from the blade should be the largest/hardest ingredient (the berries) followed by the less hard/ big ingredients (spinach). After that, the liquid can be added so that it reaches the top of the frozen ingredients (orange juice). Finally, add in the yogurt– this should be closest to the blade.
I get it, you’re busy, so I’ll let you in on a little secret. You don’t actually have to eat this in a bowl and/or add fancy decorations. Simply skip the granola/fruit of the week topping and blend a little longer in order to reach a smoother consistency. All you have to do now is throw in a straw and call it a day.
That being said, if you have a little extra time on your hands and are a Pinterest lover like myself, the smoothie is your canvas and the fruit, your paint. I typically add two fruits ranging from strawberries to clementine. It all comes down to what is on sale and in season.
If you’ve never had a vegetable/fruit smoothie combo, the first sip may taste a little more Earthy than you’re used to; but like cheap alcohol, the more you sip the better it tastes.
At first you get this cool, sweet, berry flavor that is hushed by the spinach, and then brightened by the orange juice; followed by the added thickness from the yogurt as the refreshing bolus slides down your throat. Wait… sometimes there is an added burst of texture or flavor from the granola/fruit that keeps you wanting more until you hear that dreadful pang of the spoon against your bowl.
Keep in Mind
The world is round, do not limit yourself to my preferred ingredients. Add and swap as you please, and if you find something better let me know!
Hope you enjoyed!