Thursday, July 1, 2010

Smoothie On the Go Tips


This summer my kids have been sleeping late!  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore these peaceful summer moments and I have been waiting for this day for 13 years.  The memories of my son standing up in his crib at 5:45 am and saying, "Mommy, it's a sunny day!"  are all too fresh in my mind.  I am grateful for this new 'sleeping-in' sensation.  At some point, however, I want everyone to arise and eat breakfast so we can begin our day.  In addition, I am fully aware that children sleeping past nine in the morning equates kids ready to play Uno and pop popcorn at 10 in the evening.

Yesterday after I had taken my dog for a three mile walk, drank  my coffee, eaten my Ezekiel bread toast, and checked my facebook page, I was ready to serve breakfast and move on. First I baked a batch of Cracker Barrel Biscuits and the smell wafting upstairs woke up 50% of my children.  When that technique wasn't fully successful, I broke out the blender.  My youngest son loves making smoothies and pushing the buttons on our blender, so I let him jab to his heart's content or at least until the other half of the family joined us at the breakfast table.

My smoothie method worked, but we ended up creating a triple batch of smoothies in the process.  No worries, however, our leftover fruit puree was perfect for one of our favorite summer snacks, Smoothies On the Go.  Here are my tips for making them:



Smoothie On The Go Tips
  1. Make a batch of your favorite smoothies (here's our recipe, this time I used mixed berries in addition to strawberries). 
  2. Gather a few small freezer safe containers with tight fitting lids.  I use Ball  8-ounce or 16-ounce Freezer Jars.  
  3. Fill the containers about 2/3 full with the smoothie, leaving room for expansion as the mixture freezes.
  4. Put the lids on the containers and place them in the freezer.  
  5. Serve the Smoothies on the Go straight from the freezer with a spoon or place them in a cooler, picnic basket, or lunch box.  After a few hours they will have a softer consistency and can be eaten with a spoon, slurped with a straw, or sipped directly from the container.  

10 comments:

  1. Oh, the sleeping in...so not happening over here.

    I have some of those Ball containers from when I *tried* to make strawberry preserves. Maybe this will go smoother (ha!) for me.

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  2. This is a great idea, from now on I'll be having those frozen smoothies in my fridge, too! I have three kids, 7-year old twin boys and a 5-year old little girl. And they each have their favorite smoothies! Not that I'm complaining, I'm glad they're into healthier stuff rather than junk foods. But when you're really busy with something else, preparing three different smoothies is quite a daunting task! Well, now, I guess problem is solved! Three frozen smoothies it is from now on, lol! Thanks for the idea! :)

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  3. Phoebie, someday they'll surprise you and sleep-in, until then, at least try to put them to bed early:) Those containers are also great for freezing soup or just storing cut-up fruit in the fridge. My kids also have a bad habit of leaving the last serving or two of cereal in a box (hate that!) so I'll put the dry cereal in these and they think it's fun to add milk and eat it right out of the container. Whatever floats your boat!

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  4. Smoothie, I know the short-order-cook thing which pre-kids I swore I would never do, but alas having them ingest healthy foods takes over sometimes. Thanks to my pre-Hurricane Alex shop I have everything in my fridge to make your Summer Fruit Smoothie. Whoo Hoo!

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  5. Sounds like an awesome way to wake up to me :) Thanks for the smoothie tips, they are super helpful!

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  6. Sarah, thanks! Let me know if you come up with any winning smoothie combinations. My son wants to do something with cantaloupe, hmmmmm. . .

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  7. MMMM, I love smoothies from the freezer!

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  8. Mom and Kiddo, love your blog! Smoothies - part of what we do all day:)

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  9. Thanks for sharing your recipe. These look wonderful. Thanks for linking up to the summertime fun party too.

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  10. I love smoothies - and this is a great idea for those inevitable times when there's too much! :) Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

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