Okay, I know that we’re all busy in the morning, but I have some irresistable Blendtec blender uses for your Back-To-School mornings! Chances are that if you are looking for ways to feed yourselves and your kids better (and faster), that’s probably one of the reasons you’re here reading this post. (WHAT? You don’t HAVE a Bledtec blender yet? We have a few deals over at the Blendtec section of the site HERE – or, you can just head over to the official Blendtec site HERE.)
My favorite use is a breakfast smoothie – kind of like an “Instant Breakfast” but healthier.
The idea is based on a smoothie that I’ve modified to make it more “kid friendly” (in other words, I took out the bean sprouts I had in my own smoothie ha ha). First of all, I’m writing this with the understanding that you are also probably looking for a low- or no-sugar option.
Also, since we want to feel energized but without the rush and crash that we get from simple carbs like you get in your typical cereal or toast. So to do that, I add PLAIN Chobani 0% fat Greek Yogurt and a high quality protein powder for enough protein. For the carbs, I use blueberries and kale (frozen chopped – seriously, you will NOT taste the kale). For additional benefits, I add ground golden flax seed.
This will make a couple of good sized servings.
- 1 cup of blueberries (if using frozen, take them out and put them in a bowl in the refrigerator or in your Blendtec jar overnight)
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped kale (put into bowl in refrigerator or in the Blendtec jar with the blueberries. You can use fresh, but it’s just as easy to use frozen chopped)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened Coconut Milk (I use So Delicious brand – on the shelf at almost any grocery store)
- 1 cup plain Chobani 0% (fat free) Greek Yogurt
- 3 tablespoons high quality protein powder (I use Nutiva Hemp Protein, or a high quality, no-junk-in-it whey protein powder, high-quality rice protein, or Health Force’s “Warrior Food” plain – a plant-based protein powder – totally whatever you like best)
- 2-3 tablespoons ground golden flax seed.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a dollop of a sweetener of your choice – I sometimes use a tablespoon of real maple syrup or 1/2 tablespoon of raw Manuka Honey, sometimes a tablespoon of Xylitol – I don’t care for the taste of stevia, but if you like it, try a drop or 2.
- I start by blending the blueberries, kale and coconut milk for about 20 seconds on medium low to get the fruit and kale pureed.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on medium high for another 10-20 seconds, then whip it into a frenzy for another 5-10 seconds.
- Serve and enjoy!
Another idea I had, but I have to test this one on one of the kids is a Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake!
I have a chocolate Rice Protein powder that I thought I’d experiment with on this one – thinking of taking 3 tablespoons of the chocolate rice protein powder, 3 tablespoons (need to experiment) of a natural peanut butter (like Teddy or another that ONLY has peanuts in it) or a natural almond butter, dollop of sweetener and vanilla, and the unsweetened coconut milk to see how that comes out.
If you try it before I do, let me know how it is!
We also like making “Applesauce” which really isn’t anything other than tossing some apples and cinnamon into the jar and whipping it up – kids love it! They like it more when we call it “AppleSmush” – and this would make a fun after school treat (I’m hesitant to recommend it for morning, unless there’s a good protein along with it). If you need a little liquid I almost always go back to my unsweetened coconut milk. If the apples are really tart, we add a touch of maple syrup. Because of where I live, my “field” has about 6 or 7 apple trees, so in the autumn, we have a ton of them!
“Chocolate Milk” for us is a protein powder, cocoa (I use Nestle because it says it isn’t processed with alkali), low-glycemic sweetener like xylitol, and coconut milk (of course you can use regular milk if you’d like).
Hopefully this gives you a few healthy options to experiment with using your Blendtec!
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