So the summer heat is all up in our business us this week! Even Moxie, our canine sun-bathing addict, has chosen the air conditioned living room over the sun drenched patio. We all are seeking relief. Last night, J and I were talking about how ice cream is too rich/heavy to eat when we’re feeling really hot. We’d rather have an ice cold glass of water or…better yet, a fruit smoothie!
Blueberries have been BOOMING this year in Oregon and I’m eating so many I’m surprised I haven’t blown up like Violet Beauregarde. Kudos if you get that reference. I use frozen blueberries as the base for all my smoothies right now. They make everything a beautiful color and, since they’re small, they blend nicely.
Now, my future fruit goals involve making smoothies with fruit we’ve grown in our own backyard food forest. It’s been a year since we moved to McMinnville, Oregon, a huge step toward chasing down our dream of closer-to-creation living. We’ve planted apples, berries, and even persimmons!
And they’ve been actually growing fruit. Yes, we’re a little surprised that we’re managing to keep these plants alive and healthy enough to produce fruit.
We even have some elderberries and sea berries to improve our backyard food forest and possibly try future home remedies.
The strawberries are in the front yard and we let our friend’s kids pick the ripe ones.
I like to keep an eye on the blueberry plant to see if any are edible.
It’ll be some years before we have a bountiful harvest of anything, but in the mean time I enjoy throwing some homegrown fruit into my smoothies with the store bought fruit.
Balancing Your Fruit Smoothie
While fresh fruits are good for you, especially homegrown ones, they still pack a wallop of natural sugars. Plus, blending the fruit allows it’s sugar to hit your system harder than if you ate them whole. So if you don’t want a major smoothie-induced sugar crash to keep you from being awesome, balance out your fruit smoothie by adding some good proteins and fats.
Now, the internet does not need another fruit smoothie recipe. So I’m not going to go there. I’m just going to list some easy, no-brainer ideas to help balance out your fruit smoothie.
1: A Good Protein Powder
“Good” means different things to different people. Just know that you can probably find a protein powder that fits all of your unique needs. Then you’re one scoop away from blending in a quality protein to your smoothie.
Right now I’m using Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder Nutritional Booster. It has probiotics and fiber in it which I really need these days. Plus, chia seeds! I love chia seeds in my smoothies. Click here to get a coupon for Bob’s Red Mill.
2: Grab Some Greens
Since fruit smoothies are so sweet, why not add some greenery to the scenery? I might blend in a handful of spinach, a half avocado, or some spirulina powder, which is a great source of plant-based protein. Don’t worry, if you use a dark fruit like blueberries, your smoothie will still look deliciously purple.
3: Plain Yogurt
Find an unsweetened yogurt that contains live cultures (probiotics) and lots of protein, and you’ve got a creamier tasting smoothie! My favorite is Siggi’s Plain Yogurt with 25 grams of protein and 4% milkfat.
4: Go Nuts!
Uhm, yeah, hello?! Nut butter! Try an almond or cashew butter for fun, but peanuts (which aren’t actually nuts) are still cool in my book. Just put the JIF away, though, and find a natural nut butter with no added sugar. You might pay a bit more, but it’s worth it as you’ll increase the natural fats in your smoothie and add a hint of protein. Try Justin’s Classic Almong Butter.
5: Sip AND Nibble
So aside from the easy blend-in ideas, there is always the tried and true method of nibbling on some cheese, nuts, or even jerky while you sip on your delicious smoothie. It’s nice to have something savory and chewy/crunchy to balance the sweet smoothie.
If you still want a smoothie recipe, check out my Morning Mocha!
Oh, and before I forget, the winner of my Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder giveaway is Barbara (aka “Countess”). Congrats! Check your email!