Hi, Momma! I'm so happy you're here and thankful for the opportunity to connect with you as you journey on to being the healthiest Mom you can be!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some super fun and practical pieces with you to kick off your healthiest summer as a busy Momma!
As a busy mom myself, I know how crazy motherhood can be. We want the best for our children and ourselves, but somehow and some way our health always seems to slip on the back burner! If you find yourself constantly slipping up with your nutrition, despite your best efforts, girl you are in the right place!
I used to be the girl who tried to eat salads every day and who stuffed her face with sugar free and fat free foods because I thought they were “healthy“... And then I found myself binging late at night because I was so hungry and depleted. SIGH. If this sounds like you or if you’re feeling like you need help figuring out how to make healthier choices in your mom life, you’re not alone girlfriend and you’re in the right place!
Today I’m going to teach you how adding just one smoothie a day to your diet can completely transform your health and energy from the inside, out! Remember, your kids need you to be feeling energized and fueling your body with the best nutrition so you can in return be the happy, healthy mom they need! Let's do this!
Why Should Moms Have A Daily Smoothie?
Smoothies are quick + easy meals for busy moms!
1. Helllooo grabbing and going! Whether you're in the carpool line, off to work, or simply enjoying a morning at home, smoothies are the EASIEST way to simply blend, sip, and go. We'll also go over how to save time by prepping your smoothies beforehand! Ensuring each smoothie meal takes you less than 10 minutes!
2. Smoothies are an amazing way for your kids to get an increased amount and fruits and vegetables!
Yes, yes, and yes!! We all know the struggle of getting those important nutrition into our littles but the best part about a smoothie is kiddos LOVEEE them!! Add fun straws and let them pick their own add-ins and you're practically mom of the year! #WIN-WIN
3. If you have a sweet tooth, smoothies are an amazing wait to curb that craving…
I’ll show you all my secrets for creating creamy and dreamy ice cream like smoothie bowls! Trust me, you’d never know there was spinach in there ;-)
How Should Moms Simplify The Smoothie Process?
It's no secret that prepping is a Momma's BEST FRIEND~ so it's absolutely KEY that as you begin to develop new smoothie habits, prepping is at the top of your list! Here are my top two methods of blending up the best smoothies! Whether you prefer green smoothies or protein smoothies (or both!), I’ve got you covered, Momma!
Method #1 (my go-to for protein smoothies):
-Cut all fruit and vegetables needed for 7 days of smoothies
-Measure out exact portions of fruits and veggies and any add ins you want to add and store into individual "smoothie packs" (this is a fancy pants term for using a ziploc bag or mason jar)
-Once your ingredients have been measured and stored, place in the freezer and then you pull them out as needed throughout your week to add your liquid, blend, and be on the go!
Method #2 (PERFECT for green smoothies!):
-Fully blend up a double or triple batch of smoothies
-Pour smoothie into 5-7 mason jars
-Place smoothie in the freezer
-The night before you want to enjoy your smoothie, place your mason jar in the fridge to un-thaw
-The next morning, your smoothie is ready to enjoy! For an extra icy texture, you can pop it back in the blender with some ice!
How Moms Can Create The PERFECT Blossoming Mommy And Baby Smoothie
1. Start with soft and/or frozen ingredients on the bottom (closest to the blade)
2. Add your veggies (ie: spinach, kale, cucumber, zucchini, cauliflower)
3. Sprinkle in power packed add-ons like chia seeds, flaxseed, or dates to name a few!
4. Fill blender with liquid just above top layer of ingredients (almond milk and coconut water are my go to!)
5. Pulse blender 10 times (with all ingredients) before blending on high for 30 seconds
6. Transfer to your favorite cup or bowl and top with your favorite toppings!
When you're ready for your smoothie, just pull out your smoothie pack and dump into your blender! Fill your blender with liquid of choice (i.e. almond milk, coconut water, etc), just above the line of your frozen mixture and blend away momma. For an extra creamy smoothie bowl, use less liquid :-)
Before I send you on your way, here are 3 of my most requested smoothies from moms just like you! These are all signature Blossoming Mommy And Baby Blends and are meant to nourish your body ANNNND of course taste amazing as well! Be sure to make enough smoothie for your kiddos too and if you have extra smoothie mixture, pour the leftovers into popsicle molds for a healthy, refreshing treat!
Rise + Shine Sunrise Smoothie
Serving size: 1 smoothie
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup chopped raw zucchini
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp nut butter
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
Place all ingredients into blender. Pulse, then blend on high for 45-60 seconds.
Great Toppings include: coconut flakes, blueberries, raspberries!
Dairy Free Shamrock Mint-Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl
Serving Size: 1 large bowl of “nice-cream” :)
2 large frozen bananas
1/2 cup ice
3/4 cup almond milk
¼ cup avocado
½ cup spinach
1 Tbsp nut butter
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 pitted dates (chopped)
3 Tbsp organic chocolate chips
Soak dates for 10 minutes in warm water then use knife to chop into small pieces.
After dates have softened, place all ingredients except chocolate chips into blender and pulse for 10 seconds, then blend on high for 45-60 seconds.
Lastly, place chocolate chips into mixture and pulse 5x.
Spoon ice cream into bowl and have a party!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Serving size: 14 oz smoothie bowl
1 cup frozen dragon fruit (also called pitaya)
1 frozen banana
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp nut butter
1 handful spinach
Place all ingredients in blender (except for toppings)
Pulse 10x, then blend on high for 30 seconds.
Transfer to bowl and top with toppings!