Chronicles of the Inexperienced Cook: Smoothies!

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One thing that I have found in eating healthy is that soda and coffee are not really the best choice of beverages. I used to be a caffeine addict, and I still find myself having cravings for some kind of drink that is a bit fancier than water. When I was first starting this weight-loss journey, I was talking to my aunt at a family gathering about how I wanted to get a juicer, but they are kind of expensive. She suggested that instead of juicing fruits and vegetables that I try blending them up in a simple blender to make smoothies. My first thought was: “smoothies? With all the pulp and gunk and nutrients? Eww…” I decided I might as well try it anyway before my iced coffee cravings got out of control. Well, guess what? I LOVE SMOOTHIES!

Slurping down an ice-cold smoothie made from fresh and delectable fruits is like sipping heaven out of a straw. Smoothies are now my favorite not-so-guiltypleasurewhen I’m in the need for something sweet or tangy. My favorite combinations so far have been strawberries and bananas with coconut milk, and mango, pineapple, pears, and apples. If you can think of a combination you can make it into a smoothie. I have yet to mess up making a smoothie,Β so I know you can do it too! At our house we’ve found that cutting up fruit and freezing it has madeΒ the smoothies a lot colder and a little bit thicker, making them even more amazing. It may help to add a little bit of water or 100% juice (we like apple juice) so your blender has an easier time with the frozen fruit. It’s good to add some veggies in there too, like spinach or carrots, for extra nutritional value.

So go grab yourself a blender and some fruit and see what you can come up with! Let me know if you come up with any special combinations, and I’ll post some of my favorites later on.

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The Finished Product!

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