Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Portable Fruit Smoothies

Smoothies are always a big hit in our house. I love having lots of berries in particular in the freezer just for this purpose. We serve them up for snacks, a lot of times that will be my breakfast and I even portion out single servings to stash in the freezer. If you know you'll be drinking it right away, pour into a glass and top with a lid or some foil and it's all ready to go. Otherwise put into a small container with a lid, then thaw out and transfer to a drinking glass when you're ready to enjoy.

But most of all, my girls enjoy them in their school lunches. See that blue tube right there in between the wrap and string cheese? It's got a green smoothie inside. I love these handy silicone popsicle molds and we definitely get our use out of them. I'll make up a batch of smoothie and then divide into those molds, store them in the freezer and then they're all ready for lunches. By the time lunch comes around, it's thawed so they can drink it plus it acts as an extra ice pack.

They're also great for summer time. When it's hot and the girls want something cold to cool them down, we can have extra smoothie pops in the freezer. Of course these work wonderfully for traditional popsicles as well. 

Another great thing about smoothies is they never have to be the same. I always use whatever fruits (remember bananas for that extra creaminess) I have on hand, and then usually a large handful of either kale or spinach added in. Chia seeds, oats, yogurt, kefir, lots of options. Today's batch was pretty simple since I was out of greens, but still healthy and delicious nonetheless. 

Portable Fruit Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup milk
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen sliced strawberries

In a blender, add banana, milk and blend together until smooth. Add in raspberries and strawberries, blend until completely smooth. You may need to add in additional milk to thin. The frozen fruit should keep texture thick and icy, but feel free to add crushed ice if needed.

Divide into molds if desired or cups for storing in the freezer. 

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