My Smoothie Plus Juice Revelation

10 Jul

As the stay at home mama of a toddler (and a former classroom teacher), I’m a big fan of streamlined routines.  After all, any place I can save a little time and effort means even more time for family adventures or physical activity.

Go Running Mama- Routines

I make prep time count to save time- Cherries are pitted immediately; half are frozen for smoothies, the others make easy snacks!

Morning routine is one of those places where efficiency is a necessity- we have two adults who need to get in training runs and showers and a toddler to dress while I tackle lunches, snack boxes, and smoothies and juice to make before we usher Daddy out the door on the way to work and I snag the little to make it to the dance studio or park playtime.

Even a little tweak here and there, as insignificant as it may seem, gives us a happy cushion in our domestic rush hour, but finding these areas for adjustment is rare.  However this morning I experienced a happy accident that is destined to become a beautiful second saver in our morning routine… I was out of coconut water!

Coconut water is a staple in our household, so I’m still not exactly sure how this happened nor how I overlooked the gaping hole in our pantry normally filled by carton after carton of the good stuff.  I’d like to blame Daddy for drinking the last carton and not alerting me, but that would be ridiculous given that I reorganized the fridge and pantry less than 48 hours ago and failed to notice the lack of coconut water in both locations.  Regardless of how it happened, at 8 am this morning I found myself without a drop of coconut water.

I made our juice for the morning- a super fab mix of cucumber, celery, parsley, kale, spinach, and apple- and started pulling out our smoothie staples when I realized my predicament- plain kefir, raw oats, freshly pitted cherries frozen (an abomination to many, I realize, but freezing them means I don’t have to add ice to the smoothies to thicken them up), coconut oil, kelp flakes, macadamia nuts, grade B maple syrup, cinnamon… and no coconut water!

For a moment I was dumbfounded.  What’s a mama to do?  Without any liquid it would be too thick, water would make it taste watery, and I didn’t love the idea of adding more dairy.  But then it hit me… add the juice!  Woohoo!

I held my breath and gave it a try.  Not only were the texture and flavor fabulous, but combining the two will save me the time of gathering, cleaning, and prepping an extra Lifefactory glass bottle for each family on a daily basis which buys several delicious minutes every morning.  Plus, I have a great new smoothie to add to our repertoire!

Go Running Mama- Revelation Smoothie

Revelation Smoothie

  • 6 oz plain kefir
  • 10 oz fresh green juice
  • 1/2 cup raw old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
  • 1/3 c macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 tsp kelp flakes
  • 1 tbsp grade B maple syrup
  • cinnamon to taste

Directions: Add ingredients to blender in the order listed.  Blend on high until smooth.

Serves: 2 adults and a toddler

3 Responses to “My Smoothie Plus Juice Revelation”

  1. Skye Kilaen July 16, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    I hate it when we run out of something and the only person I can blame is me! 😉

    • Jenn July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      I know! Even the excuses I come up with end up pointing back at me!


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