Jumping on the Juicing + Smoothie Bandwagon

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It’s official. The Blendtec Blender is in the hizzouse. We’ve officially jumped on the juicing and smoothie bandwagon. We are “those” people, walking into work with our 22oz glass bottles (glass only!) filled with a strange mixture of fruits, veggies and other concoctions. I tried this for a time last year with our old blender which meant most of the time was spent straining out what didn’t blend up very well. It was so time consuming and didn’t last more than a few weeks. I knew this time around the Blendtec would pulverise everything in it’s way. But I still needed a way to speed up the smoothie making process in the morning. I commute most days with my husband which means the hubby train leaves when he’s ready. There’s no waiting at the station for slowpokes (Me!)

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In searching around for recipes, I came across the mason jar storage idea on Pinterest. God Bless you Pinterest. You’ve saved me so much time in my life with your ingeniusness, that I owe so much to you, especially now with the happy, not late husband making. I took one weekend afternoon and prepped everything for the week. You start by filling up the mason jar with fruit on the bottom, bananas in the middle and greens on top. Make sure you wash and let the greens dry beforehand. You should probably wash off some of the fruit too, but sometimes we skip a few steps over here. After everything is chopped and consolidated in the jars, I stuck some tape to the top and wrote out the last remaining ingredients. This way, I don’t have to look up anything in the morning. You can also make yourself recipe cards too, but that would just be another step for me.  I grab the jar, grab the liquids and/or citrus and head straight to my blending station.

After everything is closed up and extra ingredients listed, into the freezer we go! I do place one jar in the fridge the night before so it mostly thaws out. I’m sure this beast of a blender could take it all down fairly frozen, but since I’m known for breaking appliances, I figure this time I’ll follow directions for once. Blend it all up with some ice and presto! Breakfast is served. I’ve been using these glass bottles, and I really like them. I would have posted a photo of myself with the bottle, because I’m sure you would have loved that. But a sinus infection has left me with some “puffiness”. You don’t need to see that this morning.

I’ll share a few of the recipes later, but this site has been amazing for giving me ideas. I also picked up this book, which takes you through how to start drinking your fruits and greens in an easy, step by step process. It gives you a lot of information about how this phenomenon came about, what fruits and greens are good for what, and lots of great recipes to try. I highly recommend it! And I mean, how can you not want to put that delicious goodness in your body! The jars look so pretty with all the colors of the fruits, veggies and greens consolidated. I like pretty things. We’ve only been doing this consistently for about a week, so I don’t have any Aha health moments to share. The hubby has said he isn’t craving coffee in the morning, which I take as a good sign. It’s keeping me full almost until lunch too. So far so good! If you have any delicious recipes or other prep tips to share, I’m all ears. I could be doing this all totally wrong!

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  • Tanya
    January 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

    This is so amazing, never thought of this super easy idea!
    I love smoothies and drink them every other day and always spend so many time on preparation that it kills me. Now this is what will save my time for sure!

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  • Mel
    January 16, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Great post! Have a wonderful weekend

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