I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone grocery shopping and bought fresh fruits and vegetables with the intention of eating healthy, only to have them sit in the bottom drawer of my fridge until they go bad.
I feel guilty every time I throw wilted celery and rotten apples into the garbage, not only because they’re good for me, but because it feels like I’m throwing money into the trash!
That’s why I love these 5 blender recipes that utilize fresh fruits and veggies. I can make them ahead of time, they taste great, and most importantly, I’ll actually eat them so I’m not wasting my hard-earned money. All you need is a blender and a few minutes to spare.
Top 5 Blender Recipes
1. No-Sugar Added Mixed Fruit Smoothies
I love making smoothies for an on-the-go breakfast or an afternoon snack. I throw a handful of frozen strawberries, grapes, and a banana with a tablespoon of yogurt and a half-cup of either skim milk or orange juice in the blender. Then I blend on high for 30 seconds or until the entire mixture is smooth. Sometimes if my bananas start to turn brown, I wrap them in aluminum foil and pop them in the freezer too.
Most restaurants serve smoothies with an alarming amount of added sugar or syrup, but homemade smoothies are a healthier – and cheaper – alternative.
2. Frozen Raspberry Sorbet
During the summer, homemade raspberry sorbet is my dessert of choice. Store-bought pints of sorbet are usually made with high-fructose corn syrup and have as much sugar as a liter of soda. But when I make it myself, I ditch the sugar completely.
I throw in a handful of frozen raspberries, a tablespoon of creamy Greek yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. Then I crank the blender up to the highest setting and use the tamper to push down the fruit until the texture is smooth. Then I freeze it until I’m ready for a cool summer snack.
I also like to experiment with different kinds of fruit as it comes in season. Frozen peaches and blackberries make delicious sorbets as well.
3. Sweet Potato Soup
After years of being spoiled by my mother’s homemade soup, I simply can’t eat soup from a can. Unfortunately, I don’t really have time in my schedule to chop veggies and wait hours for the soup to simmer in a Crock-Pot slow cooker. I love how my blender can handle smooth, full-flavored soup recipes in under 10 minutes. Here’s my favorite blender recipe for sweet potato soup:
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 apple
- 1/4 cup frozen peas
- 6 baby carrots
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- Pinch of brown sugar
Scrub the sweet potato, cut a shallow slit in the top, and pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. While it’s heating up, rinse and cut the apple in half, pop out the seeds, and remove the stems. Throw the apple, chicken broth, peas, and carrots in the blender. Then, gut the sweet potato and toss everything but the peel in the blender as well. Let the machine run on high for about 3 minutes. To serve, sprinkle with brown sugar. This recipe makes 3 cups.
4. Garlic Hummus
It’s hard for me to justify paying $5 for a little container of hummus when I can make a huge batch at home for about the same price. I use two cans of chickpeas, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp cumin, and a dash of salt. I blend everything together on medium-high for a minute, adding a little water if the mixture gets too thick. I like to dip crackers and baby carrots in this creamy hummus dip, and I also use it as an alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches.
5. Strawberry Applesauce
For warm, fresh applesauce, I rinse off an apple, core it, and blend it on high for one minute with a teaspoon of lemon juice and a handful of fresh strawberries. With the traditional homemade applesauce recipe, you have to peel the apples, boil them, and mash them. I like this recipe better however, because it’s quick and tastes just as good. This recipe is great for a chilled summer treat or a warm side dish during the winter. If strawberries aren’t in season, you can buy frozen ones that work just as well.
If you don’t use your blender often, I hope you’ll start to experiment with it! It’s easy to clean, and can save you money by allowing you to make great recipes at home.
Do you have any favorite blender snack recipes? Please share them below.
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