Well, yesterday I found out that I have quite a few international readers! That is super exciting to me, and also pretty magical. Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to visit my little tiny cupboard of the internet, and that goes for all the locals, too.
For those of you that don’t know me personally, you should know that I like small things. Actually I LOVE small things. Cute things. Baby animal things. Inanimate objects personified with googly eyes. Words like “googly”. So naturally when I stumbled upon the personal mini-blender while shopping (circa 2007) , I simply HAD to have it. (Ran me about $20, pas mal!) What was originally an impulse purchase based on the size/general adorable-ness of the appliance- actually turns out I would use it almost every day! Me and my mini-blender hang out every morning, and it has been dependable and steadfast throughout the years. And cute.
My favorite thing to make in my mini-blender are smoothies. Because it is so small and does not require me taking it apart to wash it, this is an easy (and FAST) morning regimen that keeps me healthy and saves me money. A 12 oz. smoothie at my local health food cafe runs anywhere from $5-10 which is pretty absurd. I did the math and my favorite at-home smoothie recipe costs me just shy of $2 per 14 oz. serving.
The Two Buck Smoothie
1 cup Coconut or Almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened probiotic yogurt (I try to keep this low-fat)
1 handful of baby spinach
Handful frozen blueberries…and maybe some more.
1 teaspoon ground flax seed
1 Tablespoon honey
The possibilities are endless, and I always recommend you raid the frozen fruit section for berries because they will give your smoothie a great anti-oxidant boost as well as making your smoothie nice and cold! (I save the good, local, fresh stuff for eating as-is.) Frozen peaches and mango are great, too! Just avoid any that have added sugar (yeah, they add sugar to fruit. It’s stupid and kind of gross.)
Happy blending, and please unplug your appliances before hugging them.
p.s. – If you have a favorite smoothie recipe please share it as a reply or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!