We *love* our Magic Bullet. Yes, As Seen On TV, the one and same. I got it at Target, though I’ve heard Costco and Bed Bath and Beyond have them as well. (Has anyone seen them at Hensel’s new kitchen store in Arcata? I’d love to direct folks toward a local source.)
It really is just a tiny blender, true. But it’s a tiny blender with 4 handled jars (cups!), large and small blending jars and lids for solid covering (say, taking your protein-filled smoothie to work for that mid-afternoon slump) and shaking (if you ground up dried stuff into powder, which we’ve yet to do).
But I digress. After we found out we were having a baby, our mindset changed around our diets. We’d already been trying to eat somewhat healthy, but we did a lot of eating out, and spent a lot of money at coffee shops and on morning bagels, which really didn’t fill either of us up — come 10am, we were ready for lunch and cranky for the next couple of hours.
A trip to the grocery store changed that. One of my younger sisters had been freezing cut-up limes for her after-work G&Ts for a while, which made me think, if I just buy fresh fruit, I can cut it up, freeze it and throw it into a freezer-safe Ziplock or container, to use when we need it.
I started with fresh berries (out of season, sadly, so they cost a bundle and are often imported from Mexico… rinse well!), mangos and kiwi. Then we bought a bunch of bananas (potassium!), Nancy’s fat-free vanilla yogurt, self-dispensed almond butter (at Winco and the Co-op) and peanut butter (all full of protein and pretty darned healthy).
A couple of friends suggested “greens,” so we picked up a bunch of kale and spinach.
Our morning smoothies are a highlight in our house. The girls love them, we love them, and they never get boring. Gabe likes to spice his up with cinnamon and nutmeg. I prefer a dribble of honey in mine (my combinations tend to be a bit bitter, so I need to sweeten them up).
As we continue to try different combinations, we’ll post them here with a photo (when we remember that all-important step before annihilating our tasty creations). If you’re doing smoothies in your home, I’d love to hear what your favorite smoothie fruits are. Let us know in the comments, as we’re always open to suggestion.