I wanted to put about six exclamation points after the word our in this blog title. I’m probably a little too excited that I can share my food with Noe. As I mentioned in my month eight post, she is an incredible eater. She will try anything and eat most everything with gusto. I pray that this continues into the toddler and elementary school years but if she’s anything like me she’ll have an I-hate-everything phase. So for now, I’m giving her taste buds a workout which includes our (!!) favorite smoothie.
It’s long past smoothie season in Colorado. We’re actually expecting our first blizzard this evening. But, Noe loves them so much and it’s become a great vehicle for introducing all sorts of new ingredients to watch for allergies, that I’m not planning to stop the smoothie train throughout the winter.
To backup just a little, I want to talk blenders. If you’re a reader of food blogs you likely think that the Vitamix is the only blender vegetarian home chefs ever use. I’m guilty of this thought too. A few months ago Michael and I were convinced that we needed a Vitamix. We went as far as buying one from Crate n Barrel. We got it home and couldn’t get past the fact that we had just spent over $400 on a blender.
We returned it the next day.
After a little bit of research we settled on the Ninja Professional Blender and couldn’t be happier. We bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond for about $100 and our wallets were also much happier. The key to this blender is the individual blending cups. I can make a quick smoothie for each of us in the morning and I don’t have to mess with cleaning a bunch of pieces. I can also make Noe a smoothie in about 3 minutes which seriously matters if you’ve heard her screaming for it.
As I mentioned, it’s a great way to test out individual ingredients for allergies. I’ll keep all the ingredients the same, then will swap in peaches, nectarines, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, hemp heart, sunflower seed butter, etc. to see if she has a reaction. But, our favorite smoothie currently includes: figs, cherries, banana, almond milk and flax seeds, sometimes I also add in spinach.
- 2 frozen banana
- 6 frozen figs, fresh work great here when they're in season
- ¾ cup frozen cherries
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1-2 cups spinach (optional)
- Place all ingredients into blender and blend until well combine.
She drinks her smoothies in a little bear sippy cup that includes a flexi straw. We bought it at Target and it’s been perfect. She can now use most sippy cups without issue but I found that the straw was great in the very beginning.
I enjoy this smoothie in a bowl and usually top with slivered almonds and granola.
So there you have it, our favorite smoothie. Sure to change in time but wonderful regardless of season.
Enjoy and Exhale!