Smoothie Bar!

May 3rd

For whatever reason in the beginning of EVERY new semester, a student asks if we can make smoothies one day. It’s nice to be able to say yes (usually it’s NO, we aren’t making filet mignon, lobster, or ice cream sundaes).

This is my transition from the fruit/veggie unit to the dairy unit. LOTS of milk was bought, 33 c. to be exact. Milk consumption is WAY down with today’s teens. This is okay as far as I am concerned, EXCEPT that it means calcium and vitamin D intake is way down as well. A smoothie is most likely preferred by the teen-aged palate as opposed to dark leafy greens, and that’s why we have our smoothie bar!

The way our smoothie bar works is this: each kitchen takes a different recipe, blends it up and brings it to my counter with four cups. Once all smoothies and cups are present, I pour about a 1/4 c. into each glass, we taste, ponder, deliberate, and then rinse. Onto the next one. Good times.

Lots of pretty ingredients today. So many that I couldn’t fit them all in one frame!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 

  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, or cherries
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup light vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 c. honey

Peach Pie Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

 

  • 3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 cup sweetened  light coconut milk
  • 1 c. skim milk *added only if initial blending is too think
  • 3 tbsp. honey

The Hubby’s Fave

  •  2 scoops Vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned Oats
  • 2 Frozen bananas
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 c. skim milk

 

Berry Dairy Dream

 

  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc)
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 c. low-fat frozen yogurt

 

Some photos of the beautiful process:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All that was left…

 

Smoothies are a GREAT way to pack a whole bunch of nutrition into one glass. The “smoothie places” often hand over great tasting smoothies that are chock-full of unnecessary calories. Seriously, be careful there if you’re watching calories. Better to make it yourself:

 

1. Always use frozen fruit. Way better.

 

2. Experiment with lower calorie milks, such as Almond (vanilla unsweetened, 40 calories a c. ), light vanilla soy (7th generation or silk), or light unsweetened coconut milk. A swap like this could cut calories significantly. Even if you don’t like them to drink straight or on cereal, in a smoothie it could work for you.

 

3. Protein powder is a great way to up the protein if you use these as a meal replacement. Trader Joes sells one specifically for women that is only 80 calories per serving (and I think 12 grams of protein).

 

4. Try various nut butters but use sparingly as this will up the calories big time.

 

5. Hide some fresh spinach in your smoothie. It will turn green but it won’t change the flavor. Promise!

 

6. Remember Rocky and the eggs? No. BUT, egg whites that come in the carton are pasteurized and you could absolutely pour some in the blender, uncooked obviously. I promise, it’s safe!

 

7. Experiment with sweeteners. Honey, agave or maple syrup for those who like to keep it natural. Splenda (or the other no-calorie sweeteners) works great too.

 

The Hubby’s fave above works like this. On Sunday night I make four bowls. I put in them oats, protein powder, some wheat germ or flax, and a frozen banana. Into the freezer they go. Each morning I take one out, toss it in the blender with a big scoop of pb and soy milk. Blend. He takes it down in under 30 seconds and he’s ready for his day! For all of you who say you don’t have time to eat breakfast, here’s your fix!

 

The favorites in 1st pd were the hubby’s fave, peach pie, and straw-ban. Give them a try for something new!

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