I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to smoothies. It started off innocent enough, I was just trying to be creative with my fruit and yogurt. Then my son discovered how tasty they were. It got to the point where I could no longer leave my glass unattended. I’d walk out of the room for one minute, and when I came back half of my smoothie would be gone. So I started making smoothies for the two of us to share.
It quickly became part of our morning routine. When the twins went down for their first nap around 10, I’d break out the blender. He’d help me put the ingredients in, and then he’d quickly run to his room and shut the door. He’s not a fan of the noise. I’d pour the smoothies into our wonderful Tervis cups, and add lids (like I’d give this kid a smoothie without a lid!). He’d pick out straws for everyone, then we’d spend the morning cuddling on the couch while sipping on our smoothies. If Hubs was home I’d just double the recipe, and he’d join in on the smoothies and cuddles.
The addiction escalated a bit when I was lucky enough to win a Nutribullet blender in a raffle from Busy Healthy Mom . If you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly recommend it! She’s got great recipes, health and fitness info, and tons of great inspiration.
The Nutribullet couldn’t have come at a better time. Our poor old blender was getting worn out. The motor was starting to make some questionable sounds, and the crack on the plastic ring around the bottom of the pitcher was getting bigger every day. It was only a matter of time. We were looking at replacing it, but Hubs couldn’t quite convince me it would be worth it to spend so much money on a Nutribullet (and he really wanted one). To me, a blender is a blender, so why spend an arm and a leg on a fancy one when a basic blender was all we needed?
Oh how wrong I was! The smoothies coming out of the Nutribullet were even more delicious! It must have been the texture of them, because I used all the same ingredients. If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Nutribullet, just bite the bullet and get one (no pun intended!). So thank you, Maya! Your Nutribullet found a good home here with us!
Recipes for Momma & Me Smoothies:
These smoothies all have the same basic ingredients:
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 6-ounce container of low-fat yogurt
- 1 frozen banana and 1 cup of frozen fruit -or- 2 cups frozen fruit
- 1 sweetener
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Simply add everything into your blender, and blend it until it’s smooth and creamy. Split it into two glasses and share it with your little ones.
The smoothies always came out best when I froze the bananas. I’d peel them first, break them into chunks, and freeze them in a freezer bag. Using frozen fruit eliminated the need for ice. I’m not a huge fan of ice in smoothies; I’m convinced it weakens the flavor.
My secret ingredient is the vanilla extract. It made them all taste more like a delicious milkshake.
You’ll notice I said 1 sweetener. Everyone has a different opinion about the healthiest way to sweeten drinks. Some say packets of artificial sweetener are okay, others swear by honey or agave syrup. The choice is yours.
There’s also tons of other extras you can add in: unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut flakes, peanut butter, and chocolate chips are just the few ideas. The options are endless!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes. These are tried and true, kid-approved. Enjoy them!
Since my son loved these smoothies as much as I did, I started calling these the Momma & Me smoothies. It quickly became my favorite part of the day. He and I got some great cuddles and a healthy snack. With the craziness of twin babies, this has been a huge part of how I stayed connected with him. (You can read more about that here.)