I have been a smoothie drinker for many years. It is a great way to get in our daily fruits and veggies. It is also a great way to disguise veggies for kiddos and adults. My son doesn't like many vegetables and I can hide their flavor in smoothies. Fortunately.. my daughter loves almost every fruit and vegetable.
I was a vegan for years and had smoothies all of the time.. but when I started to bring meat back into my diet about 6 months ago I stopped drinking as many smoothies. When the Biggest Loser Challenge for this week came up I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to bring some green smoothies back into my life.
The challenge is for 4 days out of this week to have at least 5 servings of fruit/veg a day. The bonus challenge is to on one of those days have all of the colors red, orange/yellow, green, blue, and white.
Things have been very VERY hectic in my life (many of your lives, too) for the past few weeks. A few of you I have spoken with in private -- thank you for kind words and support for what my family is going through at this time.
So-- I needed a quick easy way to make sure that I had a no-fail plan to accomplish these challenges!
Many people don't like smoothies if they aren't super sweet. I am fine with them either way :) I don't add splenda or truvia or agave or anything to my smoothies.. but some people do and that is fine, too!
So here was my plan for this week to help me meet the challenge and bonus challenge for this week:
Get some extra fruit and veg!
Divide them into baggies :)
Each bag has:
3 ounces of baby carrots
3 ounces of baby spinach ( that is a half of the bag)
140 grams (approx 1 cup) of frozen mixed berries
1/2 of a banana
I then roll the bags up and get out as much air as I can to get ready to freeze the bags.
In the past it was normal for me to make 30 of these at a time and freeze them for a whole month's worth of smoothie fixins.
-When I am ready for a smoothie I just go to the freezer and pull out a bag and set it on the counter to soften for about 10 minutes or so.
-I squish baggie around in my hands to separate the freggies that are stuck to one another.
-I put 1 cup of Fage Greek No Fat Yogurt into the blender.
-Pour a little bit of the frozen freggies on top of the yogurt. Put the lid on and let 'er whirl. I keep 1.5 cups of water near by to pour in as needed to get the smoothie to blend when it seems to be slowing down. I pour in some more of the freggies and blend and continue to add freegies and water as needed until all is done :)
Each baggie contains 5 servings of fruit/veg for the day!
Each baggie when blended with 1 cup of yogurt and about 1.5 cups of water will yield approximately 4 cups of smoothie. If you can drink it all at one time---- KUDOS!! I usually drink 2 cups and then drink the other 2 cups a little while later.
After blended my cold smoothie will fill two of these glasses.
(I have never even eaten at White Castle ... my husband installs the kitchens in many restaurant brands across the country so these cups were brought to me from one of his journeys)
I drink on the smoothie throughout the morning.
This is a great way to get some veggies in for those of you who don't like veggies. You can't taste them at all. If you like sweeter tasting smoothies you may choose to add a sweetened yogurt, some no sugar added orange juice, or a little sweetener.
I also add protein powder to smoothies sometimes.. especially if I don't have yogurt.
THE NUTRITION INFO ON THIS SMOOTHIE:
If you add a healthy fat like Omega 3 flax oil it will make a perfectly balanced smoothie adding 130 calories and 14 grams of healthy fats :)
How do you like your smoothies??
Please share some of your smoothie ideas with me in the comments!
I also want to add.. that if you have never tried un-sweet greek yogurt you may or may not like it. It really cuts the sweetness of this smoothie but I don't mind. Using regular yogurt will make your smoothie much sweeter..but won't give it as much protein. Greek yogurt is very high in protein :)