Friday, June 3, 2011

Smoothies or Smoothmees as my 3 year old says

Here is a budget tip for those of you who have little ones in the house.  It seems that several times a day I end up with a partial banana, apple, pear, etc. leftover and going to waste.  It was really driving me crazy to see all that go to waste, but try as I might to make sure it all got eaten, it was still happening.  So...my solution is this, I save each little bite of leftover banana, partially eaten apple etc.  in a baggie and keep it in the fridge.  At the end of the day I throw whatever leftover fruit I have collected in the blender with some other additions and tada, smoothie!  The kids love it and I love that things are not going to waste!.  Last night it was 3 slices of leftover pear (looking all brown and icky but still good), a partial banana, an orange slice (threw it in peel and all), some frozen berries, a handful of spinach, a can of coconut milk, splash of vanilla and  a lot of cinnamon.  I did end up adding another whole banana, because we like it with lot's of banana.  Sometimes I add some coconut butter to up the fat content, you just have to blend it a lot and be comfortable with little bits in your smoothie.  I personally love it that way , but some of the kids don't like the texture when I add the coconut butter.  Anyway, it's a great way to sneak in some veggies,( I think I may try adding some carrot too), and use up leftover fruit or any fruit you may have in your fridge that is on the verge of going bad would be perfect.  You don't even taste the spinach at all, the kids have no idea it's there!  Have fun experimenting! 
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