Art of Smoothies

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Blueberry banana with pine nuts

Smoothies are a staple in our household.

They are super quick and easy to make, there are endless possibilities for ingredients, and the best part? I can make them one handed.

Let me explain.

I am incredibly fortunate to be in the position to stay at home with my baby boy. Being with him brings me no end of joy, and having the opportunity to play with him, hold him, dance around and sing to him is an amazing blessing.

But I am hungry.

Charlie’s not napping as much now and he’s still not quite ready to play by himself. He isn’t yet sitting up or crawling and he needs constant supervision because anything and everything he gets his slobbery hands on goes straight in his mouth.

If I’m not playing on the floor with him, I’m carrying him around doing everything I need to do one handed. And that, combined with constant breastfeeding, makes me one hungry mama.

So, I make smoothies.

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Mango and chia

With one hand I pack my magic bullet with hemp protein, frozen fruits and veggies, nut milk or water, dates, seeds, nuts, nondairy yogurt–pretty much whatever we have that sounds good–and let it blend. With the other hand (or arm) I hold Charlie.

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Strawberry coconut

Since it’s about 90 degrees outside here, the refreshingly cold sweetness of a smoothie is perfect.

My favorite smoothie at the moment is a sweet and nutty spinach and kale smoothie. 

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Greens and Almond Smoothie

1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach
1/2 cup frozen kale
1/2 a frozen banana
1 large spoonful of almond butter (approximately 1 1/2 tbsp)
1 medjool date, pitted
1/2 cup non dairy yogurt (soy or coconut milk are good)
1 cup of water or almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
Dash of cinnamon

Topping options:
Goji berries (as seen in photo)
Sliced almonds, chia seeds, macadamia nuts, coconut, flax seeds

Blend ingredients and enjoy!

Note:
I generally use water in my smoothies to cut back on sugar and increase the amount of water I drink in the day.

For thinner smoothies, add more water.

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