Ahhhhh.....Summer and smoothies. They go hand in hand, don't they? May through July, I was at my local juice bar on the daily, grabbing a powerpacked drink to go as I zipped from place to place. But starting in August, I finally took a step back and asked myself, "Why are you buying your smoothies and juices when you can make them yourself?"
Nevermind that every ninth smoothie or juice purchase would allow me to save five dollars off the tenth one. I was spending upwards of fifty to seventy dollars to get there. And just pulling a number out of the air, and saying that I was there, I don't know, five times a week averaging maybe six dollars per visit, that is a *lot* of money I could be saving.
|Selfie at the local juice bar.|
And to be honest, my homemade smoothies feel a lot better to me. My blender and food processor have never touched dairy, caffeine, gluten, or any of the things that can seriously turn my smile upside down, so the slight queasiness of cross contamination is never an issue. And while a purchased smoothie would help to get me through roughly two hours before I was hungry again, my own smoothie concoctions easily surpass that, keeping me both satiated and elevated for three to four hours. The kind of thing that makes you go, "Hmmm," right?
|Smoothie sampler via my Instagram feed.|
And can we talk about cost one more time? If I was to actually buy the smoothies that I make, with all their powerhouse superfood ingredients, I might not be able to make rent. But at home, I can incorporate all the add-ons I want at a wisp of the price.
So today, I will share just one of the smoothies that I am currently enjoying: A beautiful blend of seasonal fruits and greens to make you smile in body, mind, and spirit.
Fruit Smoothie with Spinach & Kale
Gluten-Free, Vegan, & Raw
Active Prep Time: Less than 1 minute
Inactive Prep Time: None
Blending Time: about 2 minutes
Yield: 12 ounces
1 medium frozen banana, chopped
1/2 c sliced frozen peaches
1/3 c frozen blueberries
1 whole fresh fig
1 c baby spinach and baby kale, firmly packed
1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon ginger puree/juice
1-2 pinches salt
1/2 c cherry juice
What you'll need: Food processor or blender, spatula
1. Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend about two minutes, or until desired consistency has been reached. Scrape down the sides as necessary.
2. Serve and enjoy.
There does seem to be a certain intimidating mystique surrounding smoothies. When I post pictures of my spoonable creations on Instagram and Facebook, friends will often comment along the lines of, "How did you come up with that combination?" or "Would you please make that for me? I could never do that myself." And as evidenced by my hefty investment in the local juice bar, I was no exception to that. But instead of letting it hold me back, I decided to finally give in to the inspiration and create my own smoothies. And what I found is that beyond it being supremely simple, it's also a lot of fun, it feels really good, and beyond the benefits for my body, it benefits my budget as well. And I know it can do the same for you.
So I hope you'll give this smoothie recipe a try. And I hope that if you feel called to add other ingredients, like cacao nibs, cinnamon, or subbing peanut butter or almond butter for the tahini, or using a different juice base, that you will. After all, we all know our bodies and our tastebuds better than anyone else. Express yourself, experiment, and have fun, and then allow your body, mind, and spirit to Thank You.