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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

It's really not that bad! He's just trying to look tough!

It’s really not that bad! He’s just trying to look tough!

Almost every morning, the College Boy (not pictured here – he refused) fires up his Nutra Ninja blender and makes himself the same smoothie. He’s allowed me to taste it a couple time. It’s not bad and I have to say, I’m proud of him for coming up with something for breakfast that had fruit, veggies, and protein!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
1 6 oz container of some fruit flavored yogurt – he prefers Raspberry Greek yogurt
1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter powder or peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder of choice
1/4 cup milk

  1. The Nutra Ninja we have has one speed. So, put all your ingredients in and blend until smooth.

This is not a beautiful smoothie. But as I’m sure I’ve said before, “Pretty is as pretty does!” This high protein energizer is the perfect start (or end) to any day. Also good for all moments throughout the day when the “feel like” temp is over 100 and using any sort of heat to cook seems like a very bad idea.


Banana Smoothie Pops

Do you find your bananas getting ripe way too fast in the summer? We do. And really, how much banana bread can a woman be forced to make? Since I have successfully gotten my kids on the smoothie train, I decided to try my hand at freezing some banana smoothies in the cute little mold I got at some store at some point in the last few weeks.

If I had to review the mold, I’d give it a C-. It was pretty difficult to get the smoothie pop out of the mold. It could be that it was made specifically for freezing clear liquids and not smoothies. I set the mold in warm water for about 10 seconds. Then I pulled the handle and it came out. Empty. I ended up running a knife around the edge of the mold and working the pop out with the knife and then putting it back on the handle. I won’t fail the mold completely because it has a kind of drip tray thing with a spout that would be useful for serving juice pops to small kids.

Banana Smoothie Pops (6)
2 very ripe bananas
2/3 cup yogurt of choice. I used plain, non-fat yogurt
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Blend everything together until smooth.
2. Pour in mold and freeze for two or more hours.
3. Carefully remove from mold and serve

My test subject is not a huge banana fan and he had just eaten quite a large plate of Tofu with Roasted Cauliflower. He ate about a quarter of the pop, said it was good but he was full and put it back in the freezer.

I’m looking forward to trying out other pops in the mold.


Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Yes. That is correct. Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. I am, in many ways, my grandfather’s granddaughter. My grandfather lived through the Great Depression and the rationing of World War II and my mother told many stories of his hate of waste. So I am known to go around my house turning off lights and radios, clipping coupons, etc, all in the interest of saving a buck.

Today, my stinginess led me to the produce drawer in the fridge to find something to disguise the heinous flavor of the Chobani Pear Yogurt that I just couldn’t throw away. There was a bag of spinach and I knew that I had frozen blueberries. I know many people who have been drinking green drinks and have done juice fasts. I figured one bizarre smoothie wouldn’t kill me. And you know what? It’s REALLY GOOD! I completely disguised the icky pear yogurt and you can’t taste the spinach at all! This is a great candidate for sneaking veggies into your kids. And it keeps with my tradition of easy foods to make.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
1 cup yogurt
1 handful of spinach leaves
1/2 cup or more blueberries
water as needed

1. Blend all the ingredients. I have a very ancient Oster Blender so I needed to add a little water. If you have something fancy, you won’t need to, I guess.
2. Drink.

I had about two cups of smoothie. There was plenty for me and a little for my 11 year old to try. He’s such a trooper! He was a little shocked by the combination but he admitted you can’t taste the spinach at all. He said he would even try it again.

Try it out and let me know what you think!