Not long ago, Hamilton Beach introduced me to their newest blender that is 55% quieter thanks to its sound shield for noise reduction. I thought that was genius since blenders are pretty darn loud. I can’t say it’s silent (no blender is), but it does make a big difference. The blender itself is very powerful too, with 950 watts of peak power. I am able to crush ice with it and blend spinach to a liquid. What I love about it too, is that it is really easy to clean. I usually just rinse it out quickly in the sink but the blender and top can be placed in the dishwasher (yay!).
Lately, the boys’ go-to after-school snack has been a smoothie, with a side of nuts or crackers with hummus. My boys are the cutest; they say our smoothies are better than store bought (and much cheaper, thank you very much!).
Between Costco and Loblaws, I make sure to stock a few different bags of frozen fruits, so the boys can mix things up and vary their smoothie creations. Generally, though, they have been loving this recipe:
- 1 cup of frozen mango
- ½ cup of frozen blueberries
- ½ cup of frozen peaches
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of milk
The Hamilton Beach Sound Shield is large and with a little bit of water, this smoothie makes enough for all three of my boys, plus some extra for Papa MOE.
This after-school snack gives the boys a nice healthy start to the afternoon. It also gives a chance to just sit and chat about their school day. I also find that a good snack gives them more energy to continue their day and focus on their homework.
I’ve been on a different health kick right now, and I’ve been staying away from most fruits simply to avoid a lot of sugars. Some refer to it as the no-carb diet or the Keto diet. I would say I’m in the middle with those two. I haven’t had bread, rice, pasta or potatoes for a couple of months now, and I’ve stayed with berries and the odd banana as my fruit intake. I am no pro, but I am trying it out to see if less sugars will help me in the afternoons. I tend to get extremely tired around 3pm, so this is helping.
My recipe looks like this:
- ½ an avocado
- ½ a banana
- 1 cups of blueberries
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa (when it’s not Lent!)
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- A dash of cinnamon
My smoothie tastes good with the banana, but without it, it’s bla. Do you have any go-to smoothies that you love? I would be so happy to try new ones out with my family.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Hamilton Beach Canada to facilitate this post. All opinions are honest and my own.