Banana-Orange Smoothie

Smoothies are a great breakfast beverage to have alone or with a separate protein source. I’ve been adding pea protein to mine, but sometimes I’ll enjoy them with an egg. I don’t consume the smoothies regularly during the autumn and winter months, but I begin to enjoy them each spring and through the summer.

I may change this habit, drinking them during the colder months more often. They are a great way to extra nutrients into your diet.

I used store-bought bananas as a base, but the rest of the produce was from my Madness Box from Misfits Market (Affiliate Link). (Use this referral code so we can both get a discount: COOKWME-PI4FFE )

Everything but the bananas were organic. In all honesty, I don’t usually bother with organic bananas because the skin is so thick on the fruit. This may change in the future, as I learn more about things. But, for now. non-organic is the way I am going with store-bought, thick-skinned produce.

Note that I do use a personal blender, not a full-size one. There is a fill line, so I don’t measure things out. I just fill until I hit that line.

Banana-Orange Smoothie

Ingredients

1 small banana, peeled

1 orange, peeled

1 tbsp pea protein powder

1 tsp honey

frozen spinach or kale, a few sprinklings of it chopped

almond milk (can also use soy, rice, cashew, or even dairy milk if your body can handle it)

Directions

  1. Add a little liquid to the blender cup.
  2. Break banana into small chunks and add to the blender cup.
  3. Add orange slices to the cup.
  4. Add pea protein and honey.
  5. Sprinkle frozen kale or spinach bits to the blender cup.
  6. Add milk choice to cup, up to the fill line – or however much you need.
  7. Blend a few seconds, then pulse until smooth.

Tips

  • Serve at lunch with a salad.
  • Serve with a hot breakfast for added nutrients.
  • Drink a smoothie at snack-time for extra nutrients.
  • Make a thicker smoothie by using less liquid. Pour into a bowl, and top with more fruit, nuts, seeds, and coconut.

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Lemon-Limeade

I’ve been enjoying the Madness Boxes. They’re coming every two weeks, and there are some variances each week. I get to make something different with each shipment of produce. Variety is the spice of life. That’s not say there aren’t similarities in the boxes. With produce, you do have to use what is in season.

I love fresh lemons and limes. They smell amazing, are bright and cheery in color, and I’m so happy I’ve been able to enjoy them in one of my favorite beverages this summer. Lemon-Limeade. Easy. Cold. Refreshing. Who could ask for more on a hot summer day?

A note about honey. I’m not really sure how much I put in my lemon-limeade. Not as much as I used to. I lessen the amount from time-to-time, as I get used to having less sweetness in this beverage. I’m doing this deliberately. Honey is a sweetener, after all. I don’t want to go overboard on sweeteners in my diet.

I use hand-held juice squeezers. You know the type. The metal ones. Orange for oranges. Yellow for lemons. Green for limes. Nothing particularly technical.

I’m also using organic ingredients for this recipe but, if you can’t afford organic everything I would suggest you concentrate on at least having organic honey – if you can.

Lemon-Limeade

Ingredients

1 lemon

1 lime

honey, to taste

1 quart water

Directions

  1. Wash and dry the lemon and the lime.
  2. Pour honey into the bottom of a pitcher.
  3. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the pitcher.
  4. Do the same with the lime.
  5. Add one quart of water and stir.
  6. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Tips

  • If you have the insert for the pitcher, feel free to cut the lemon and the lime halves in half and add them to the insert.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t afford organic.
  • To save money, use store coupons.
  • Wait for sales on honey. Plan ahead.
  • You can drink this at room temperature.
  • Can also be served over ice.

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Banana-Pear Smoothie

For this smoothie, I used the leftover pear and banana from the Pear and Blueberry Cereal I shared with you yesterday. Smoothies are a great, healthy way, when done right, to add essential nutrients to your diet. I love coming up with new combinations of ingredients for these drinks.

I finally broke down and bought this wonderful blender. I love it because the whole set-up sits nicely to one end of my my shelf. Remember: at this point I am renting a room, so things that take up as little space as possible are what I’m looking for.

This personal blender comes with two serving size cups and two half-size cups, so I can easily blend up just what I need of whatever foods I’m working with. The larger cups are perfect for smoothies.

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 pear, chunked

a handful of still frozen spinach from the freezer

almond milk

  1. Pour a little milk into the cup. Maybe 1/8 blender cup or so.
  2. Crack the egg into the cup.
  3. Add the fruit.
  4. Add the spinach.
  5. Pour a little almond milk in, no further than the fill line, depending on how thick you want the smoothie.
  6. Cover and invert, placing the cup into the blender.
  7. Turn and blend a few seconds at a time, until well blended.
  8. Remove from the motor.
  9. Turn right-side up, remove the cover, and enjoy.

Tips

  • Try different types of milk.
  • Use fresh kale or chard instead of the spinach.

Serving Suggestions

  • This will pack a wallop of a nutritional punch when served with a one-pan meal or stuffed squash.

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

Easy Sun Tea for One

I’ve wanted a mason jar glass with a cover and straw for some time now, and finally picked one up at Renny’s during a trip to the coast with the bestest. The trip was a blast, and I came home with a few things for my kitchen. This always makes me happy 🙂

Once I got it home and washed real well, it sat on my counter until I had a day off to make some sun tea. I placed the plastic straw it came with in the donatables box, replacing it with a stainless steel one I already had and, on my next day off I put a little filtered water in the bottom of the cup along with a mint tea bag and let it sit in the sun for a couple of hours while I went to Aroma Joe’s for breakfast and to do some writing.

When I arrived home, this is what I had:

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Tea concentrate.

I added ice, and then filled the jar with more water before covering. What a refreshing drink!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

From the mint tea bag, I was able to get two iced teas. But the chamomile tea bag I used today only gave one. I guess it will depend on the tea.

The perfect iced tea method for one.

Enjoy your day!

Shannon

Berry-Orange Iced Tea

I’m still coming up with the occasional iced tea recipe. This one is really good. It has a couple different kinds of tea bags, as well as some orange slices. Lemons could be used instead, if those are what were on hand.

Ingredients

(I use a pitcher with an insert.)

2 Bavarian Wild Berry tea bags
3 Lipton tea bags
3 orange slices

ice

water

  1. Put a couple handfuls of ice in the bottom of the pitcher.
  2. Place the insert into the pitcher.
  3. Cut the tag and string off the tea bags. Place the bags into the insert.
  4. Put the oranges slices into the insert as well.
  5. Pour water over the fruit slices and tea bags inside the insert.

Tips

  • Try sliced strawberries instead of the orange slices.
  • Buy tea bags on sale, with coupons, to save money.

You may also enjoy:

White Tea

Lemon Sun Tea

 

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

Lemon-Lime Water

Yes, I’m still trying fruit water recipes. I’m enjoying my water much more these days! This was a simple one, with minimal ingredients. It provides vitamin C, folic acid, iron, calcium, and magnesium, and is refreshing on a hot day.

Ingredients

1/2 lime

1 lemon

water

  1. Set up the pitcher, if necessary. (I place the ring on the top of the pitcher, then add the tube. If you don’t have one of the pitchers, don’t worry about it.)
  2. Rinse the fruit.
  3. Slice the lime, placing the slices in the tube.
  4. Do the same with the lemon.
  5. Pour the water over the fruit, cover the pitcher, and place it in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Try adding different types of fruit.
  • Add some herbs, such as mint.

Serving Suggestions

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Lemonade

Orange-Lemonade

Enjoy!

Shannon

Fruit Flavored Water

I’m still trying out new fruit combinations for homemade flavored water. This combination is the one I’m enjoying today. This refreshing drink is packed with vitamin C and folate, and have the added nutritional impact of fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, calcium and more.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Ingredients

1/2 lemons

1/2 lime

kiwi

orange sections (I used about half an orange.)

ice

water

  1. Peel and slice the kiwi, placing the slices into a pitcher.
  2. Slice the lemon and lime and add to the pitcher.
  3. Cut the orange sections and place them in the pitcher as well.
  4. Fill pitcher half way with ice, then add water until full.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Play around with the types of fruit you use. Other combinations are enjoyable as well.
  • Try some fresh mint.
  • If you prefer a little sweetness, add honey.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the lemon water with a beef salad.
  • This beverage would go well with soup and sandwiches.

You may also enjoy:

Lemon Water, for on the Go

Lemon-Lime Water

Enjoy!

Shannon

Orange Water

I recently added a couple posts to this blog, Lemon Water and Lemon Water, For on the Go. It’s very important that, with the upcoming higher temperatures, we are being sure to keep ourselves hydrated. Especially in light of reports that it may be a hotter year than we are used to. Drinking the fruit waters I’m making (and posting about here) is a great way to combat dehydration issues.

Orange water has vitamin C and folate, like lemon water does, with a bit of a sweeter taste. The oranges will also provide your body with fiber, potassium, and calcium, among other nutrients.

I’m keeping these homemade vitamin waters going for three days in the refrigerator, adding fresh water when the pitcher nears half gone. Each day, the fruit flavor is noticed a little more.

Ingredients

1 orange

ice

water

  1. Peel the orange and section it. Cut the sections in half and place them in the pitcher. OR Slice the orange, cut the slices in half, and add them to the pitcher.
  2. Fill the pitcher half way with ice, then add the water.
  3. Keep in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Play around with the type of oranges you use for this recipe.
  • Add a few slices of lemon.
  • If you prefer a little sweetness, add honey.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the orange water with a Caesar salad.
  • This beverage would go well with any meal.

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Minty Strawberry-orange Lemonade

Strawberry-Watermelon Water

Stay hydrated!

Shannon

Lemon Water, For on the Go

I do a lot of walking. I also work outside the home when I am not writing. Having water at the ready, for when I have to leave home, is essential. Especially when it is warm outside. I have a glass water bottle (my favorite!) with a fruit insert, not unlike the pitcher that I usually make the lemon water in. The water bottle, of course, is smaller than the pitcher.

I simply fill the insert with lemon slices, fill the bottle with water, and place covered in the refrigerator until I am ready to leave. This only takes one small lemon.

The one water bottle is fine for my walk, and I can refill it at work when needed – using the same lemon slices. I can make things more convenient while at work, by refilling the bottle just before I leave and putting it in the office refrigerator. I can get a good two or three days of delicious water with that one lemon.

What fruit do you like to add to your water?

Shannon

Lemon Water

Lemon water is refreshing on hot summer days, without having to consume all the sugar in lemonade. This beverage is easy to make, taking little time to prepare. And you can drink it all day, adding more water to the pitcher whenever it gets low. Refrigerated, you can use the same lemons for at least two or three days, making this recipe an economical one as well. You will not be buying bottled lemon water every day, leaving a smaller footprint.

Lemons pack a nutritional punch, as they contain a lot vitamin C and some folate. Plus, the water hydrates your body.

Be sure to rinse the lemons well before cutting, as you will be leaving the skins intact.

NOTE: Last year I bought a pitcher, with an insert for fruit, but an insert is not necessary to make this recipe. Any pitcher will do.

Ingredients

2-3 lemons

ice

water

  1. Cut 2-3 lemons into chunks or slices, and place them into the pitcher.
  2. Fill pitcher half way with ice, then add water until full.
  3. Keep in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Play around with the number of lemons for this recipe. Some people only like a mild lemony taste, while others prefer more prominent flavor.
  • Try adding a few slices of lime along with the lemon.
  • If you prefer a little sweetness, add honey.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the lemon water with a grilled chicken salad.
  • This beverage would go well with sandwiches.

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Strawberry-Watermelon Water

Citrus Water

Enjoy!

Shannon