When it comes to cooking, I am not the most adept mama in the kitchen. As a result? I do a lot of "push-button preparation" - I push a lot of buttons (mainly on the microwave or toaster oven) to fix things. Those items I'm heating up? Usually organic and there's coverage of all food groups, but I know this isn't the most healthy way to get food onto the table.
As part of my overall "Make this year awesome" resolution (I figure if I make this resolution thing pretty vague, I might not fail as miserably as years past), I want to get a little bit better in the kitchen, bump up the volume on healthy and fresh fixings for the family. I know I need to start easy, start small to succeed and after reading about how to make simple switches in your diet, I think I've found a new friend: the smoothie.
It's pretty hard to mess up a smoothie, right? There's just one kitchen tool you need: a blender (I know, I'm still pushing buttons on the device, but it is a start, eh?). The directions are the same for each recipe: plop the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. So simple, even a not-so-hot cook can make these healthy treats!
Strawberry-Banana-Blueberry Smoothie from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com
(A little hint for this one: blend spinach, orange juice and water first, then add the remaining fruits and blend some more. To make this really a super-cold smoothie, make at least one of the fruit frozen.)
2 cups spinach, fresh
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
Beet, Carrot and Apple Smoothie from WilliamsSonoma.com
2 beets, peeled and cut into chunks
2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
1 cup ice cubes
3/4 cup sweetened cranberry juice
Peanut Butter Berry from CookingLight.com
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/2 medium ripe banana
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup crushed ice
Do you make smoothies? I need more to try -- share your best smoothie recipe!