Your New “Go-To” Smoothie
This is MY made-up smoothie.
Call it the JabberHouse Smoothie if you like.
I was in search of a smoothie that tasted good, but didn’t have extra sugar, so I created what was basically a strawberry smoothie.
Then I discovered protein powder and the recipe evolved.
The antioxidant health articles started calling out to me, and I got blueberries stuck in my brain.
The thing is I never really cared for just plain blueberries, but realized that maybe I could incorporate them into the smoothie to get the health benefits.
Once again the recipe evolved.
I started talking smoothies with a friend who was adding spinach to her smoothies, and swore you couldn’t taste it. It was just extra vitamins.
Voila! The recipe evolved again.
Then the kale train rode into town, and all the talk was about kale!
Hmm, maybe I could add kale instead of spinach?
Making It Easy
Then quite by accident I was in the grocery store looking in the frozen fruit section to buy my frozen strawberries, when I spied a bag of frozen strawberries, blueberries, cherries, AND kale!
Wow! This was life changing!
I’ve never gone back to adding things separately.
This is just too convenient.
But for those of you who don’t have that all-in-one bag of goodies, I will break it down for you.
Here are directions with an easy to print recipe at the bottom:
The JabberHouse “Go-To” Smoothie
I start with canned peaches because I’m a peach lover, and I think it adds a little extra sweetness without adding extra sugar. I always use “lite” peaches in their own juices.
What I usually do with a new recipe is make it the way the recipe reads the first time out of the gate.
Then after having tried it that way, I’m better able to go in and tweak things to be better suited to me.
This may be what you want to do with this recipe.
Maybe you prefer bananas or no peaches. But if you try this way then at least you will understand the proportions of liquid and frozen and how it all comes together.
I start with about 4-5 peach slices along with some of the canned juice.
Then I add water to equal about 1 cup on the blender measuring line.
Next comes the protein powder. Choose the brand you like.
I’m partial to this one that I find at Walmart.
There will be a measuring cup inside of the container and I add one of these cups to the blender.
Long ago in Weight Watchers land, I counted out the points for this protein powder and it was 4 points. Add the free fruit, and it’s a 4 point meal or snack. Don’t quote me on this, as perhaps Weight Watchers has adjusted their system in recent years that may no longer make this 4 points.
Next comes adding the frozen fruit. Using frozen fruit means I don’t need to use ice cubes.
Here’s the bag of all-in-one goodies that I like to use.
I add one heaping measuring cup of this fruit-kale combo.
Here’s what it will all look like prior to blending.
As you can see, it doesn’t look like a lot of liquid is in the blender at this point.
This is the tricky eye-ball point where you may have to play with adding a smidge more liquid.
Don’t add any extra liquid until you start blending, and see what the consistency is looking like.
When you start blending it’ll start to look like this:
I like a thick smoothie, so I’d rather start with less water/peach juice/liquid and add as I go, then have it too runny.
If you find you require more liquid, then this where you would add a shot of water or almond milk or whatever liquid you please.
You want to get the “tornado” look as it’s whirring around.
This recipe makes 1 large Tervis tumbler-sized smoothie or a 24 oz. cup. It’s a great meal replacement, snack or even dessert.
Change It Up If You Want
If you want a smoothie, but you’re not enchanted with my flavors OR you don’t have an all-in-one bag of frozen goodies, then here are some thoughts about exchanges:
You could omit the canned peaches and just add water, fat free milk, almond milk, or a combination of liquid and yogurt of your choice.
You could pick a different fruit instead of peaches and add that plus liquid of your choice to equal the 1 cup on the blender line.
Your frozen goodies could just be 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. Maybe mangos? Any heaping 1 cup of frozen fruit will work.
Do you freeze your too-ripe bananas? Use one of those as one of your frozen fruits.
Want to add spinach or kale, but don’t have it frozen? Just grab a handful of raw spinach of kale from your refrigerator instead. You really don’t taste it.
And if you plan on incorporating kale into your smoothie life, then read my previous post on why you should be freezing your leftover kale!