Smoothies. What’s not to love about a smoothie on a hot summer day? I have to admit, my first experience with smoothies came in the late 90s…at a Jamba Juice. I lined up with my older sister and we waited for our Pina Colada smoothies. The whirl of blenders, the cheerful cashiers, and the piles of fresh fruit in visible view made for a dining experience I’ll never forget.
Fast forward a decade or two and we’re still loving smoothies…but now we make them at home. Weary of smoothie joints that add a variety of sugars and overly processed ingredients to our blended drinks, we’ve brought the magic home.
And so I’m happy to say that Lucy’s first memories of smoothies will be made in our kitchen. I’m able to buy the freshest ingredients and concoct unique variations based on what looks best at the market. I have no doubt she’ll have her own opinions about what she wants (and doesn’t want) in her smoothies in the years to come, so I’m taking advantage of this short season. This blueberry and avocado smoothie was a hit…and like all of my Little One Eats recipes, Ryan and I enjoyed it too. Blueberries and avocados are both loaded with antioxidants, making them a wise choice for health as well as for taste. And avocados are loaded with healthy fats, which are especially important for growing bodies.
But let’s be honest: my heart finds its first allegiance in coffee…and it’s no surprise Lulu is already following suit. If this smoothie doesn’t win you over, take a quick few minutes to watch this sweet film Ryan put together while I was photographing a wedding in Crested Butte last weekend. I had left Ryan and Lu to spend the afternoon together, and Ryan used our spare camera to create this informal yet fabulous little film.
Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (organic)
1 banana, chopped and frozen
1/2 cup breast milk, cow’s milk, almond milk
1 TBSP honey (optional)
Combine ingredients in a blender…blend…and enjoy! How simple is that!