Smoothies! I love smoothies but not so much in the Winter. Now that the weather is getting warmer in Toronto, I am back on the smoothie train. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have an absolute LOVE for green smoothies…my stories often feature them. Buuuut, I also make other kinds, really I do! Lately, my kids have been going crazy for the strawberry-banana combo, so I thought I would share our go-to recipe.
I often have parents tell me that they don’t make smoothies because “they are too much work!” Wait. Whaaaat? I kinda feel like if you find smoothies too much work, you are going wrong somewhere.
Inevitable, when I ask more about this whole “too much work” thing, it turns out that people are feeling pressure to make “fancy” and “complex” smoothies that include all the latest super foods, supplements, and health potions or elixirs. And I am all like, c’mon people…let’s just get back to the basics!!!
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am all for maximizing the potential of food BUT I am also a working mama with 2 young kids at home. My goal when it comes to food is usually simple, uncomplicated, easy, yet delicious and nutritious foods that take a minimum amount of time to whip up. Homemade smoothies CAN check all of these boxes. I can make one in under 5 minutes while my kiddos are clinging to my legs and are demanding a snack the minute we walk in the door!
I find the key is to have the ingredients prepped ahead of time. I keep our freezer stocked with frozen fruit. I peel, cut up, and freeze bananas in individual portions. I also make up freezer bags with my favourite smoothie combos all ready to go so that I can dump the contents into the blender, add a liquid and voila, almost an instant snack!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup milk or milk alternative
- 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
Blend in a high powered blender.
Finish with fun toppings. (I used natural sprinkles, hemp hearts, and freeze dried strawberries.)
If you use all frozen fruit, the final product is quite thick, smoothie bowl style. You can make it thinner by using fresh fruit, by allowing the frozen fruit to thaw slightly, or by adding more milk.
Disclaimer: I am a Manitoba Harvest Hemp Ambassador and this is a sponsored post. However, I truly believe that hemp hearts are a nutritious ingredient. They have a slightly nutty flavour and a texture that is softer than other nuts, seeds, or grains, which make them a great food to use with little ones. They can add protein and omegas to your family’s diet.
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