SMOOTH(IE) OPERATOR


Some trends should stay in the 80s forever (crimped hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, I’m looking at you), but there’s one thing we’ll never let go of: the smoothie. The smoothies of our youth were fruity sugar-bombs we’d get at the gym as a reward for making it through Jazzercise class. Times have changed so, just like 80s icons Cher and Madonna, the smoothie has gotten a facelift. Here’s our healthy update for the modern smoothie, plus a freezer hack to make your mornings go a little smooth(i)er.


BATCH FREEZE STEEZ

We’re fans of individually portioning out our smoothie ingredients and freezing them in a batch. When we’re bleary and half-conscious in the morning, tossing a premeasured bag or mason jar of ingredients in the blender with some liquid is just the right amount of lazy.


To get started you’ll need some quart freezer bags (we reuse our Ziplocs, but these silicone ones are a great upgrade) and a blender. Everyone covets the Vitamix, but we like the Ninja as a budget dupe.


Create a little smoothie assembly line on the kitchen counter with a variety of frozen or fresh fruits, a big bags of greens, and some fun little toppings packed with healthy fats to keep you full without slogging you down on that commute to work. Helpful post-smoothie tip: check your teeth for kale or spinach stragglers between your chompers...or save them for later and scare your co-workers.


2 : 1 : 1 = SMOOTHIE SUCCESS

Follow this ratio for consistent smoothie wins: 2 cups of greens, 1 cup of fruit, and 1 cup of liquid. If you’re feelin’ frisky, toss in a tablespoon of protein powder or healthy fats (nut butters work great)! The following combos are in constant rotation in our freezers.




TESTED RECIPES


Ap-Pearently It’s Time to Wake Up:

Monday already? Where did the weekend go? Nurse your Sunday Funday hangover with this detoxifying mix of kale and lemon...

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 banana

  • 1 pear

  • 1 cup of almond milk


Cauliflower? For Breakfast? Blue Gotta Be Kidding Me:

We were skeptical too...cauliflower in a smoothie? It’s got the creamy consistency of a banana, minus the sugar.

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • ½ cup frozen chopped cauliflower

  • ½ - 1 cup blueberries

  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter


Loco for Coco(nuts):

A chocolate-coconut fiesta filled with healthy fats to get you through that afternoon work slump. Cocoa powder AND nibs? Your inner Cathy comic will thank you.

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1 banana

  • ½ cup chopped coconut meat

  • 1 tbs cocoa powder

  • 1 tbs cacao nibs

  • 1 cup coconut water or milk


Silver Lake in a Cup:

We’ve got all the Silver Lake cliche hipster ingredients in here: matcha! coconut oil! almond milk for lattes! tiny Japanese matcha whisk (which we didn’t use for the ingredients, but of course have in our kitchen because Silver Lake is here and you can’t fight it)! Put it in a mason jar and accept the fact that you’ve become the very thing you mocked.

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

  • ½ -1 cup chopped coconut meat

  • 1 tsp matcha latte powder

  • 1 tsp coconut oil or butter

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk


Breakfast of Cherry Champions:

Cherry and chocolate add some sweetness to the kale and the adaptogenic powder. Magic mushroom powder for breakfast? Want to know what adaptogens are and how to incorporate them into your diet? We’ve got a post coming soon that will demystify the trendiest ‘shrooms on scene.

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • 1 cup cherries

  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp adaptogenic powder (we like the Immortality Blend from Anima Mundi)

  • 1 tsp coconut oil or butter

  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs

  • 1 cup of almond milk

Batch freezing your smoothie ingredients makes breakfast easy as turning on the blender. It also is healthier (no more sugar bombs from Jamba Juice) and saves you some of that hard earned money (no more panicked runs to Starbucks for a sad, overpriced pastry). We’re all about that easy, breezy, freezy morning smoothie life.

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