This past spring and summer, I had a lot of smoothies for breakfast or as a post-workout snack – like this Straw-Ban-Kale Smoothie or this Green Smoothie. This summer, during my PiYo Challenge, I started drinking Shakeology, which added a nutritional boost to my daily smoothie. Then, this past September, Matt and I did a 3 Day Cleanse, which involved a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as some Shakeology smoothies, so I invested in a travel sized blender Matt could take to work to make his smoothies during the day.
There are many types of blenders on the market in all shapes and sizes, but I picked this one because it was small enough to be portable and because it wasn’t too expensive. I picked it up at Target for $49.99, and it included several tops and attachments as well as a recipe book:
Now, we use this handy gadget every day to make our breakfast smoothies. Here are 3 reasons I like having a mini-blender in my kitchen arsenal:
- The convenient mug tops help us reduce the # of dishes we use each day and make clean up a snap.
- It is small enough to pack up when we are traveling so we can continue to have a healthy meal or snack, even when we are on the go.
- I’ve also used it for food-processor type projects, like making homemade pesto.
The blender now sits out on our kitchen counter, in front of our coffee maker since Matt and I have both quit drinking coffee every day. Here it is just this morning as I was making my strawberry smoothie with chia seeds:
Smoothies are a great way to add extra fruits and vegetables into your daily routine and can also be a great substitute for a less healthy sweet treat, like ice cream. This small blender would be a great gift for anyone looking to get healthy, and who might be short on time and kitchen storage space.
Question for you: Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget? The Stressed Baker likes her Kitchen Aid mixer – how about you?