Let’s talk smoothies.
To be honest, I didn’t used to drink them very often. I had a hard time finding combinations that I liked, and I almost always want a hot breakfast, not cold.
But a few years ago, I finally started figuring out mixes that we really liked, and now we make smoothies year round – even in the winter! On cold mornings, I just pair a smoothie with something else hot like eggs or toast or oatmeal.
One of our all time favorite smoothie mixes? It’s a little sweet, a little tropical, and pretty green. Also a great way to get in some fruits + veggies with breakfast!
There’s a frozen fruit mix we’ve found that we LOVE – it’s a mix of frozen peaches, pineapple, mango, and strawberries, and that’s what we use in our smoothies almost 100% of the time.
But the other secret? I buy a big bag of spinach + baby kale mix and throw it in the freezer, too. Once the greens have frozen, I crush them up in the freezer bag and then we’ve got greens ready to go. So easy! And this is one way that Nick is okay with some kale in the smoothies. Whenever I’ve tried using kale (even baby kale) raw/straight from the fridge, the flavor is MUCH stronger than when we freeze it beforehand.
Plus, once the greens are frozen, I don’t have to worry about them going bad before we have the chance to use them, so it’s saving us money and waste, too!
I normally make smoothies in a much larger blender, so this one was nice because it helped me keep my portions just right. I could have this on my own in the morning, or Nick and I can easily share a smoothie from this little blender, too.
I really like that it takes up so little space on the counter AND that the blender container also serves as a to-go container for busy mornings. I’ve only used it a few times so far, but I’m really liking it!
And Hamilton Beach and Stonyfield want to share this little blender with one of you, too!
Want to win your own single serve blender and some Stonyfield coupons to try out your favorite smoothie recipe?
– Tell me your favorite smoothie mix
Want extra entries?
– Tweet about the giveaway and tag @HamiltonBeach @Stonyfield and @branappetit
– Tell me the first smoothie you would whip up if you win!
My favorite green smoothie
Still on the fence about adding greens to your smoothie? This is the perfect mix to start out with. There's enough fruit to cover up any flavor from the greens, but enough greens that you get a good mix of fruit AND veggies in your morning drink!
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup Stonyfield Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
- 1 cup frozen spinach/baby kale mix
- heaping 1/2 cup frozen fruit mix (pineapple, peach, mango, strawberry)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- Pour the water into the blender. Add in the yogurt, frozen greens, frozen fruit, and orange juice.
- Pulse the mixture a few times until the fruit starts to break up. Blend until all the greens and fruit are broken down and the mixture is smooth, adding a little more water or juice if needed.
*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Prize is provided by Stonyfield and Hamilton Beach. As part of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club, I had the opportunity to try out and review this blender from Hamilton Beach and received yogurt coupons, as well. All opinions and recipes are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!