Special Things - Pali Smoothies

I wrote this article for a food website on smoothies. Then I thought, I should share it to all our FB friends too. We'll post it on our website too.

Ali and I have been doing this for the last couple of years and wanted to share our idea with you all.

Pre-make your own fruit/veggie packets for your own healthy smoothies.

I get out seven salad bowls once a week. Spread them out on the counter and make my own frozen fruit/veggie packets. Add 10 to 20 pieces of fruits and veggies to each bowl. For example you can cut a banana up into seven pieces. Do the same with cutting pieces of apples, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, bell peppers, etc. I also can add clumps of spinach, kale, a thin slice of ginger, a pineapple, a slice of tomato or a cherry tomato, or anything else you want. Be creative and change up your recipe. I've learned you can always make any smoothie taste better as long as you add blueberries and strawberries to the mix. Then I pour the ingredients from the bowls into zip lock bags and place the seven bags into a tupperware rectangular container in my freezer. For breakfast we pullout one of the bags, and pour it into our Vitamix, add a little whey protein, some OJ to liquify it; and our morning smoothie is ready in less than a minute. Return the bag to the freezer and you can re-use them. You might not think a little piece of broccoli or some blueberries will make a difference, but doing it seven days a week, well it adds up getting daily supplies of those vitamins, minerals, trace elements, etc. We've haven't had the flu or any colds for several years now, we feel great, and have more energy in our late 60's than we did in our younger years. (Oh no just because we're posting this, I think I feel a sneeze coming on) LOL. The clean up is easy. It's also easy to get those 5 to 9 servings that the food pyramid recommended everyday, which you all know is hard to do on a daily basis. Especially for kids. The only work is the day you make the fruits/veggies packets. We've also started cutting up bulk amounts of fruits & vegetables and storing them in the freezer too. Which makes the salad bowl job a little easier and quicker each week. We do this because of the bulk items we bought from Costco. We could never eat the bananas fast enough before they turned brown, so now we just peel and cut them into chunks and store them. Same can be done with broccoli, carrots, spinach (put handfuls into smaller ziplock bags), pineapples, etc. You can buy large bags of frozen fruits and vegetables too if you have a large enough freezer. Also some of our friends are using smaller individual portions and use the bullet instead. As you do this more, you'll get better at it. We made popsicles this last time and they were good. Not as sweet, but healthier. Hope you try this and feel better. 
Luv from the Palis (sorry for it's length, but wanted to get all the info in)