During the pandemic shutdown, my family was desperate to break up the monotony of each and every day being exactly the same as the one before. One way we came up to do this was to apply a food theme to a day. Taco Tuesday, French Fry Friday, as well as more random ones such as Brinner (breakfast for dinner) went into regular rotation. Looking back, I think it also served as a way for us to remember which day it was.
One of the themes that stuck around even after we are back to school and work, though, is Thirsty Thursday. It doesn’t happen every week, but very little is needed to convince me to make a special after work cocktail, after dinner dessert, or a delicious liquid meal in the name of Thirsty Thursday. Far be it from me to break a theme. Furthermore, a treat at home is almost always much less costly yet healthier than the take out equivalent.
One of the the Thirsty Thursday treats we can all agree on, whether it be for breakfast or a sippy snack, is a smoothie. Typically, I make two separate batches; one for the kids and one for the adults. Although they are similar, I usually add some honey or sweetened yogurt to the kids’. For the adults, I add protein powder and ground flax seed for added health benefits with a texture the kids won’t go for.
Smoothies the Adulting Way
For each serving (multiply by how many servings you need)
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit (blueberries, mixed berries, mangoes, pineapple, peaches, mixed fruit are all good)
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup original almond milk (vanilla would be good too)
- 2 Tbsp protein powder (optional)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Pour into a glass and enjoy!