Don´t forget to pop in The Green Market, it´s a go every Wednesday, La Plaza, El Médano! We never miss ´em, loving the veggies, the fruit, the cheese… Get a grab on being green, healthy and feeling amazing even if today the wind´s being terribly unfaithful.
I think we´ve all come to an agreement that Smoothies, are here to stay, so here go a few ideas and the 10 top Smoothie Hacks you should try today. We wanna ride but there is no North East blow, our Tradewind seems to be on holiday. Make it all about the market, having breakfast at El Oso, renting a canoe or a standuppaddle board, climb the Red Mountain, forget about kitesurfing or taking your windsurf gear down to the beach… Wanna try some new things out?
Fresh is best, but frozen is just as great! Only have access to frozen strawberries in the dead of winter? No worries, frozen fruit is not only more accessible, but oftentimes also more affordable and super convenient. PLUS they instantly makes your smoothies cold.
TIP: Stock your freezer with a variety of frozen fruit including berries, tropical fruits, etc. Make sure all the ingredients are simply fruit and have nothing else like added sugar. Opt for organic when available. We use glass containers and for sure there are tons of papayas
Have fresh raw greens in the fridge and running out of time to use them that week? Take your dark leafy greens or any other vegetable that you have in the fridge and wash, chop, and store in a large freezer safe bag or airtight glass container to make your own frozen vegetables. Kale is one that I will often freeze, and it’s an easy way to add more fiber and greens to any smoothie.
TIP: Find dark leafy greens that are on sale and bulk freeze these for later.
Don’t waste it! Have a couple tablespoons of almond milk or coconut milk left over and don’t want to throw it away? Don’t! Pour it into an ice cube tray to use as a flavor booster and instant smoothie thickener. You can also do this with any liquid. I’ll typically have a tray for nut/seed milks like almond or coconut milk, then one for extra tea and one for extra coffee.
TIP: Use different ice cube trays for different liquids, I’ve had too many experiences trying to get out a tea one and a coffee ice cube popped up and the flavor was all…off. Silicon ice cube containers are super easy to pop out.
Plan ahead! Just like the concept of meal prep, you can evenly divide all ingredients out for each day/each recipe into a Ziploc bag. Then all you do is literally grab the bag out of the freezer, put the contents in the blender, add liquid, and blend! Breakfast in less than 5 minutes.
TIP: Label each baggie with the smoothie name so you know which it is, or just make the same recipe for the entire week. You can also make extra in case you ever are in need of a “911” smoothie on the go.
Have some about-to-turn produce? Blend it and pour it into ice cube trays for a quick ingredient add-in. For example: bananas! Puree the banana and pour it into an ice cube tray (label it so you know what fruit/vegetable it is for later). Also think outside of the box with vegetables like carrots, kale, spinach, etc.
TIP: Cook or steam beets, carrots, or sweet potatoes and blend them for added vegetables.
Batch cook it…sans the cooking! The full recipe serves about 4, make this a couple times a week. It lasts 3-4 days max. All you’ll need to do is quickly reblend it before drinking or give it a good shake in your mason jar.
Think outside the box with liquids. Tired of just adding filtered water? Try coconut milk, hazelnut or almond milk for a natural thickener, try green tea, rooibos tea or white tea for added antioxidants, we´re in love with Roasted Bancha, roasted green tea, you can find it just round the corner of El Oso… Use tip No. 3 if you have leftover coffee! Try adding this as the liquid to any chocolate or vanilla smoothie for amazing flavor.
Boost it! Add protein and superfoods. Do you need to add protein powder to every smoothie? Nope, but it’s great for making a smoothie into a full meal, and the superfoods add even more nutrient density to the smoothie. For an end product you’ll have easier digestion, which equals easier absorption of these nutrients and more energy.
Bored of drinking them? Make it a smoothie bowl by adding more ice, less liquid, and utilizing all frozen fruits and vegetables.
TIP: Just try it! We challenge you to try a smoothie bowl if you’ve never tried one before. They’re really fun to make and eat, especially when you top it with granola and extra crunchy superfoods like cacao nibs, bee pollen, and goji berries, hemp seeds, flaked yeast…
Get the best blender for your use! There are so many, got to choose one mainly for it’s power and it´s gotta be easy to clean.