• What You Need To Make A Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

    As I was grocery shopping the other day at Fresh and Easy I noticed they had a new product from Wild Oats available in their "grab and go" section called "Smoothie Kits." I thought that's a really cool idea! For some people who have no idea how to make a smoothie or what to put in it, it's a really basic but smart concept. Inspired by this trip to the store I decided to put together a little roundup of the real basics of what you need to make a smoothie.

    You obviously need a blender first in order to do anything - haha!

    I've posted the Vitamix Personal Blender Series S30. Unlike the rest of their blenders this uses way less counter space. You also are blending right into your cup that you can take with you on your way out the door! You still get the regular container for larger recipes like soups etc. which is nice!

    Once you have a blender you can start making some yummy creations! Here are some steps to help you get going.

    1) Decide what type of smoothie you want to make. (Fruity or Green smoothie, etc.) Depending on which direction you want to go with your smoothie this will determine the rest of the ingredients.

    2) Start with picking your liquid base. Coconut water is a great choice. I posted the Coco Jack, which is a great tool for opening those Thai coconuts at home, without using a machete or some other crazy tool! Other options could be plain water, milks (almond, rice, cashew, soy, etc.) or fruit juice. Some people also like using iced coffee or tea for some caffiene.

    3) Decide what type fruit and/or veggies you want to use. Leafy greens are great in smoothies. Obviously fruit is a very popular choice as well. Going with an all fruit smoothie will have a lot more sugar and sweettness as opposed to going with a green smoothie. I'm a fan of green smoothies. I like getting in my greens but still having some fruit to sweeten it up. Mixing both is a good balance.

    4) Use something to thicken it. Nut butters are very popular. (Almond, cashew, peanut, coconut, etc.) I love this almond butter! Ice cubes are usually what I go with. Some others are yogurt, cottage cheest, kefir, coconut meat (Which if you use the coconut jack to open your coconut you could use the water and the meat for the same smoothie!)

    5) Add some flavor! You can use dates (I'm always a fan of using them!) You get that sweet surgary taste in a really natural form. You could also use agave nectar or coconut nectar (which is another one of my personal favorites!) Figs, cinnamon, other spices. Turmeric is also a really popular choice.

    6) Add a boost (Optional). I almost always add a boost. If you don't though, it won't make your smoothie taste bad. Sometimes the boosts I add have flavor so I won't add extra flavoring from dates or honey, etc. Two of my favorites are SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder (either chocolate or vanilla) and Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder. You can read more about this product here! (I also love their new packaging!) Other boosts you can use besides protein powders are ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds (Here is a kind I really like.), goji berries, bee pollen, vitamin powders, wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, maca or acai powder.

    Here is a smoothie to help get you started!

    Let me know how your smoothies turned out! :)

    Credits:

    Written by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Throwback Thursday

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    With it being #ThrowbackThursday and all I thought I'd bring it back with one of my favorite smoothie recipes and also super fun shoot! You can find this yummy recipe here!

    Credits:

    Photo by: Bethany Nauert

  • Recipe: Mango + Orange Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

    While trying to find ways to keep cool in this heat we’ve been having and preparing myself for what the summer might be like, I’m still very excited for summer to come and with that season comes a ton of inspiration for me. I think of the beach, dinner parties with friends and tropical drinks! ;) And if you’re out here in this Southern California heat as well, this is just the drink you want to be sipping on! I love this smoothie because it’s very fruity, quick to make and doesn’t have a lot of ingredients.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Orange Juice (You can use pulp or no pulp, up to you!)
    • Frozen Mango (About ½ of a cut up mango)
    • Nonfat Plain Yogurt (If you are vegan or want to make this recipe vegan you can use Greek Yogurt or you can skip this ingredient all together.)
    • 1 Banana

    Directions:

    • You will first have to cut up your mango and freeze it. If you aren’t able to do the prep for this smoothie and/or feel like waiting for your mango to freeze you can always just cut up the mango and throw it right into the blender but make sure you add 2-4 ice cubes if you do that. I do find that when you use frozen fruit for smoothies the texture comes out a lot better but it will still taste great if you don’t use frozen mango. ;)
    • Add all your ingredients to your blender.
    • Blend + Enjoy! :)

    Credits:

    Written, Styled & Recipe by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Recipe: Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    Sharing a super yummy smoothie recipe with you today!  Very simple to make, as are most smoothies, and great to start your morning with or even enjoy as an afternoon snack!

    Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

    Ingredients

    • 1 Large Banana
    • 1 Handful of Spinach
    • 1 Handful of Blueberries (add more if you’d like!)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Cacao Powder (I use Sunfood Superfoods Cacao powder.)
    • 1-2 Medjool Dates
    • 1 Cup of Coconut Water (You can use the water right from a coconut or you can use bottle coconut water such as this brand.)
    • 2 Ice Cubes
    *Optional: You can also add actual coconut or coconut shreds to your smoothie to give it more texture and added flavor.

    Directions

    • First, wash your spinach and blueberries well.
    • Then, soak your dates with warm water. Just for a minute or two. If you have a powerful blender such as a Vitamix of Blendtec you can skip this step but it definitely helps blend the dates better if you do soak them. :)
    • Next, add all your ingredients into your blender.
    • Blend & Enjoy! :)

    *Note: The color of your smoothie will vary depending if you add more spinach, blueberries or cacao. The more spinach you add the more green your smoothie will be, the more cacao you add the more brownish and the more blueberries the more purpley it will be. You can always adjust the measurements to this recipe but I think you’ll like it just as it is! :)

    Credits:

    Recipe, Written and Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Recipe: The Palm Springs Piña Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

    We hope you all have had a great week! We have a refreshing, super delicious smoothie recipe for you today! Bethany and I spent half of the week out in Palm Springs. This drink was inspired by the pools and laid back vacation feel of the desert. This smoothie definitely hits the spot out in that heat! Try this recipe out this weekend when you’re out by the pool! :)

    “Palm Springs Piña”

    Serves one 16oz glass (or two small glasses)

    Ingredients

    • 1 Large Banana
    • ½ of a Yellow Nectarine
    • ½ of a Lime (peeled)
    • 3-4 Large Mint Leaves
    • A Very Small Handful of Pineapple Chunks (about 4) Feel free to add more if you’re a pineapple lover!
    • 1 Cup of Coconut Water (Young Thai Coconut or whatever brand you prefer)
    • 3-4 Ice Cubes

    *OPTIONAL: You can add some of the coconut meat from your coconut so you have that texture and add extra taste to your smoothie!

    Directions

    • Add your banana, nectarine, lime, mint leaves, pineapple and coconut water to a blender and mix high until everything is blended well!
    • Enjoy! :)