Yep, you read the title right. We are beating the heat with leftovers – leftover smoothies that is. It has been cranky-enducing, nasty sticky sweaty, muggy miserable hot here lately and when Momma’s not happy, nobody’s happy.
Smoothies are a constant staple in our house. If the blender isn’t going at high speed, it’s because it is in the fridge holding the leftovers of the last one we made. The basic recipe is the same, but switches up with the seasons and always hides a smidgen of green stuff inside (think fresh garden picked spinach!). Throw in some yogurt. A frozen banana (or fresh, if you’ve got one). A glug of orange juice – pure, no sugary sweetners. A handful of spinach or celery tops or parsley greens or… – I hide the green goodness from my toddler and husband whenever I can. And, then go crazy with a generous dumping of fruit. Strawberries. Frozen peaches. Plums. Blueberries. You name it – it’s game.
Now, take ridiculously hot weather – see above – and grab your darling popsicle molds, pour in some of that deliciously healthy smoothie, shove it in the freezer for an impossibly long time, remind your child every 30-seconds to be patient…
And, pop ’em out for a sweet treat – ingredients I can vouch for, sweet succulent in-season produce and a great way to beat the heat.