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[su_pullquote]”In life, much like smoothies, you get out what you put in“. – Bolthouse Farms[/su_pullquote]
[su_dropcap]W[/su_dropcap]ould you agree with me when I say that it’s messy to stay healthy? Especially when crafting up a high quality, nutrient filled smoothie with sometimes more than a handful of ingredients. Cooking in general can bring quite the mess, but 100% worth it! It beats going to McDonald’s for one – by light-years! Smoothies are a perfect way to digest food quickly in liquid form, post workouts, breakfast, and lunches! And we’re here to help, so we asked a few smoothie lovers how they stay clean and prepared in the kitchen, and here’s what they had to say!
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- [su_box title=”Jenna Milne – Fitness Coach” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”1st Step: Plan smoothies for the week (it makes for an easier morning) & check pantry/fridge in review of what’s there. 2nd: Make a list & Go shopping for organic foods. 3rd: Organize the fridge/freezer so the foods are easily accessible. 4th: Revert back to the plan, and defrost the ingredients the night before. Place a towel under the mixer and always pour over the sink. 5th: Package any left overs and freeze for a dessert!” Click here for Jenna’s Instagram [/su_box]
- [su_box title=”Terrence Young – Fitness Competitor” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”Frozen fruit makes it a lot cleaner. Go to the dollar store and get the snack zip lock bags. If the fruit is fresh, wash and fill the snack bags with a variety, throw them in the freezer and your ready to go. If you make up 7 or so bags you have 1 smoothie a day, less the clean up.” Click here to visit Terrence’s page[/su_box]
- [su_box title=”Patti Crespin – Beachbody ‘Shakeology’ Distributor” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”I find it helpful to keep everything close by, including my measuring spoons that I use on everything. As well as frozen fruit makes less of a mess. Being as organized as I am, I use air-tight containers for an organized smoothie bar, close to my blenders as well. Label your jars, and designate a spot in your kitchen for your smoothie making for easy access. Visit Patti’s Beachbody page to order Shakeology mixes here, then select SHOP“[/su_box]
- [su_box title=”Sommer Rabellino – Jewelry Designer” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”I keep a spot next to the sink that is just for the blender drying. It’s the perfect square to lay down a towel, wash and set to dry and can easily reassemble for the next day. Every third day or so I would pop all blender components into the dish washer to make it extra sparkly!” Click here for Sommer’s Jewelry [/su_box]
- [su_box title=”Sami Fait – Mindful Girls / Holistic Health Specialist” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”One really helpful tip that i saw nearly two years ago was pre-making batches ahead of time, and filling muffin tins with the liquid. Creating muffin like molds & put in bags to freeze for later. This requires prepping, if that’s not in your schedule – I recommend grabbing tupper wear for liquids, place single serving amounts in the fridge, and the rest of the ingredients in zip-lock bags for the freezer, per each day.” Founder & Coach at Be Mindful, You’re Creative, Click here for her Instagram [/su_box]
- [su_box title=”Emily Marie: Mindful Girls / Yogi” style=”bubbles” box_color=”#389c80″]”Don’t over-do it. They can be an inspiring food without making a huge mess. I keep clean by creating a routine for myself that doesn’t include super messy ingredients. I try and keep the fun of my smoothie making contained to the toppings rather than covering the counter in fruit juice and trimmings. I label all of my smoothie ingredients as ‘Em’s Smoothies’ so that I remember not to use them for other things & it keeps my roommate out of them. My blender lives on the counter next to my sink for easy access & cleaning, and use warm lemon water to get the gunk off the blender.” Click here for Emily’s Instagram [/su_box]
Thank you for all those suggestions everyone!
[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap]he most valuable, best smoothies are going to be the creations well put together for biological function and optimal nutrient value. Meaning vitamins, oils, and healthy fats are essential when blending; milk, yogurt, a banana and some sprinkles are not sufficient amounts of vitamin packs. I always say be creative in the kitchen, think outside the box and seize the opportunity to get the extra nutrients your body needs for hydration; and lay low on the sugar content unless it’s post workout or in the morning where you plan on burning it off with activity. [su_pullquote]“If you’re going to be in the kitchen, make it worth it and make it empowering.” [/su_pullquote]Try using natural sweeteners like Agave Nectar, Honey, Extracts or topped with shredded coconut flakes and cinnamon. As well as stocking up on greens – if you’re worried about the taste of a veggie smoothie, spinach is a perfect addition, you can hardly taste it!
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