blended up.

April 2, 2013

smoothie9517 About once a year I go through a fruit smoothie phase. It’s often in the springtime (see here and here) and it lasts for a month or two before I abandon the frozen stuff and head to the market for something fresh. I’m not sure why I don’t remember to enjoy smoothies for more of the year, but there’s something about the rediscovery each spring that makes them all the more refreshing.
blended in a jar I’ve never written a full smoothie post because I guess I’ve felt like putting a bunch of fruit and juice in a blender doesn’t really merit a how-to. Also, the word smoothie kind of grosses me out. But! I thought I would write to encourage you to do a little kitchen appliance sleuthing, just in case you haven’t already. The base of our blender threads directly onto a glass mason jar and I have a hunch that yours might too. If you have a blender, test out a standard-sized jar (wide mouth jars will likely be too big) and see for yourself. Blending your smoothie directly into a jar makes for incredibly easy cleanup (and is equally awesome for mixing up quick pestos and garlicky salad dressings). I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I think it bears repeating… smoothie This morning I used half an avocado, a small handful of frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries, a few tablespoons of yogurt and orange juice to fill my jar. The result was filling, but just a tad heavy on the avocado for my taste. So. Are you smoothie drinkers out there? What have you been blending lately? Tips, tricks, & brilliant ideas welcomed.

PS. We got our glass straws here. We love them, but I’d definitely recommend buying a nylon brush to help clean. …And if you can’t scrub your smoothie straw straight away, at least give it a little rinse. Dried up yogurt in a straw is not fun.

PPS. Update for inquiring minds: we have the Oster Beehive Blender in chrome!

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  • Reply megan April 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    This is the coolest trick ever! I had no idea that that base might fit a mason jar, I can't wait to try it!

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I hope it works for you!

  • Reply Selene April 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    i'll try it!

  • Reply Anna April 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Beautiful glass straws, I need to get one or two, they seem more appealing than metal straws. I love the idea of blending directly in the jar, how did you figure that out?

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      My sister had a similar blender with a broken pitcher and she realized she could use a jar instead!

  • Reply Elizabeth April 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I put spinach in my smoothies. No sweat.

    And soaked raw almonds. (The almonds make it a little gritty, be warned. but you get used to that.)

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I admit: I've never added greens to a smoothie. So many of you guys do it!

  • Reply Ashely April 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    my go-to is banana, blueberries, almond milk, peanut butter, and cinnamon. nom!

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Peanut butter sounds awesome! Trying this am.

  • Reply Chloe Moon April 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I never got into the smoothie craze but this Spring I'm really leaning towards them! I imagine them to be refreshing and so filling! Also making them beats going to pick one up at Panera for 5 dollars each! =P

    Ergo – Blog

  • Reply Kate April 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    So funny that you posted this today as I just started smoothie making yesterday! Maybe I'm missing it, but how would I blend in a jar…with the jar upside down?

    • Reply erin April 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Since you screw the lid onto the jar when it's right-side up, nothing spills when you turn it upside down to blend. Does that make sense?

    • Reply Kate April 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      SO much sense! Thank you, thank you!

  • Reply Maria Larsen April 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    This looks so delicious, I've been more into smoothies now that I'm home for the holiday. I'm really big on fruit smoothies though, not so much the veggie smoothies.
    xo, Maria

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      So many veggie smoothie makers! I've never tried it, but I just might have to.

  • Reply ocombe April 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    just this morning i had one that was a banana, a kiwi, a bunch of frozen mango, vanilla yogurt, and almond milk (I only had half, saved the other half for tomorrow). highly recommended. feels tropical, which is never a bad thing this time of year!

  • Reply emily @ cabin fervor April 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I never thought to check whether our blender base fit onto a jar — brilliant! Will be trying that for tomorrow's concoction. We (our 19-month-old daughter included) are huge "green juice" people of late, because it can be really tasty and it's the only way certain veggies will work their way into our diets. It also helps us use up any lingering produce before it goes bad. In addition to fruits and berries for sweetness, we add whatever else is in the fridge and starting to lose its crispness — kale, spinach, sprouts, broccoli (which makes it a bit too earthy if you're not careful), carrots, anything. We also add kombucha when we have it (adds a distinct zing!), and chia seeds are great too. If it's so green it's not enjoyable to drink, I add honey. My husband, a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, is actually the driving force behind our little green juice revolution because he feels so good after drinking one for breakfast. So excited for spring and fresh produce…

  • Reply sandra | living lagom April 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    My breakfast smoothie contains a banana, a handful of spinach, water, cinnamon and a dash of turmeric. Sounds gross, but it's tasty. My dessert smoothie is a banana, peanut butter, rice milk and cinnamon. Always cinnamon.

  • Reply Bethany April 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    My go to morning smoothie is fresh strawberries, blueberries, a banana or two, a spoonful of plain greek yogurt, some almond milk, and a couple of ice cubes. It's delicious. Thanks for sharing this, Erin!

  • Reply Libby April 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    The mason jar idea is genius! Can't wait to try it.

    I have recently had a similar revival of my passion for smoothies, but my blender has been on the fritz. Such bad timing! I've had to resort to my food processor, which works alright, but sometimes things are just a little chunkier than I'd like :)

  • Reply Jamie April 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    What kind of blender do you have?

    • Reply erin April 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      oh, good question! updating post above!

  • Reply Julia @ WritersBlockNearYou April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I've been on a major smoothie kick too! Something about fresh Spring air that makes you want to drink a berry infused concoction. I never would have thought to put Avocado in mine though! I usually do Spinach as you can put as much as you want without it affecting the taste!

  • Reply Theresa April 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Erin–It's so nice to see this post, because I have just started doing the smoothie thing myslelf. Mine are of the green variety, usually consisting of non-dairy milk, nut butter, frozen bananas, kale and/or spinach. This has been a most excellent (and yummy) way for me to consume more greens. I recently discovered these "Green Monster" recipes from I'm also super excited to try out the mason jar trick–it appears we have the same blender!


  • Reply Angel Y. | Static-Romance April 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    As someone who just finished a juice cleanse, I've been on a major juice/smoothie kick lately. I've never thought about using mason jars on my blender. What a neat idea!

  • Reply andrea April 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    oof, deleted my comment to edit it:

    currently, my favorite recipe is 1/2 cup of pineapple, 1/2 cup of mango, 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1+ cup of spinach (i put in as much as i can fit, haha), 1/2 cup of crushed ice and about 1/2 cup of water but add more as needed–i tend to add a little agave if it's not that sweet! this is more a juice (that you can make without a juicer!) than a smoothie.

    for more of a smoothie, i'd add a cup of yogurt, 1 tbsp of almond butter, and a banana, and replace the water with almond milk!


    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I love all these nut butter ideas! Yum.

  • Reply Brianna April 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I use the Vitamix to make mine every morning and it never hurts to add kale and spinach because you can't even taste it and it is so good for you…

    Almond milk or Coconut Water
    Spinach handful or kale handful
    couple strawberries
    bee pollen, maca powder, chia seeds


  • Reply Mags Pomichowski April 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Oh I love straws, I should get some of these glass ones.


  • Reply lucent imagery April 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have jumped on the kale bandwagon with my love of green leaves in my diet. Whatever things I have around – vanilla essence, maple syrup, chia seeds, linseed, macadamia blend etc. I have smoothies once or twice a week for most of the year but never use a set recipe and each one is an experiment! My auntie just introduced me to kefir milk powder over the weekend which i'm going to look into.

  • Reply Kristina April 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    That looks delicious! I normally mix fruits with veggies, so maybe apple, berries, celery, spinach, pears, carrots. Or fruits with yoghurt and oats. Yum!! Need one of those glass straws, looking good!
    Kristina x

  • Reply Amanda April 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Wait whhhaaaatttttttt, I would never have even thought of trying my blender base on a Mason jar. That's brilliant.

  • Reply Katie Ann April 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Mmmmm, smoothies all the time over at my home! It's the only way my husband will eat his greens! The other option is to hold a 'chubby-bunny' contest with spinach. We're working on it. He's getting there.

    Take care,

  • Reply Kate April 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Frozen strawberries and peaches (blending fresh ones feels too luxurious…Everything fresh in my kitchen must be chewed) with pineapple juice. Changed my life.

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Ha, I know what you mean! Pineapple juice sounds awesome.

  • Reply Lexie April 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

    recent faves:
    orange juice, mango, banana (greens optional)
    banana, 1/4 oats, milk, yogurt, honey

  • Reply Priscilla April 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I love using 100% pom or mango juice instead of orange juice! My go to mixes include juice, banana, spinach, yogurt and frozen fruit (berries, peaches). I try to add avocado if I can. :)

  • Reply Harri Davison April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I haven't had a smoothie for months, I much prefer making them myself makes me feel like there's not nasties in the mix!


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  • Reply Debs April 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I never eat fruit so my husband makes me smoothies.

    Fresh blueberries, Greek yogurt, Splenda and ice –> tasty

  • Reply Caroline April 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Yum. I just started up making smoothies again this spring too! I had one for breakfast with yogurt, frozen mango, frozen berries, OJ, and some ground flaxseeds and wheatgerm. Delicious.

  • Reply Caroline April 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, and I use my immersion blender in a tall wide mouth mason jar. It works great even with the frozen fruit.

    • Reply erin April 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Smart woman!

  • Reply tinajo April 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I love smoothies SO much, never get tired of them. :-)

  • Reply Daniella C April 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Oh man, I so need one of those straw cleaners! I always want to kick myself for accidentally forgetting to rinse it out right away, the worst!

  • Reply raikadesign April 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    morning smoothie is spinach or kale, carrots, banana and berries with coconut milk. and if i can fit it avocado or apple is really great in there too.

    dessert smoothie lately has been frozen mango and pineapple with coconut milk – feels like you're on vacation :)

    love the mason jar idea! great to know. my Ninja blender also has a single serving option but that will be great to know when having friends over.

  • Reply sweet harvest moon April 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Made my first smoothie of the year this week!

    I drink my smoothies is Bonne Maman jars :)
    Love the glass straws..

  • Reply the bore of comfort April 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    glass straws! why didn't I think of that? super cool that they even have bubble tea ones!
    i love adding basil to any smoothie. it's an unexpected ingredient, but always makes it taste so much more fresh!


  • Reply rebecca April 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I'm so glad you posted the glass straw whereabouts. I just tossed out our stainless steel straws that I couldn't stand to use. They turn so freezing cold you can't even put your mouth to it. hilarious and frustrating at the same time.

  • Reply Rebecca April 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It never occurred to me to see if our blender bits will fit over Mason jars. My husband makes protein shakes when he works out and if the mix dries in the blender (as it does from time to time – we sometimes forget to rinse it right away!), then it becomes crazy, stinky protein-powder cement. This would be perfect – we'd only need to rinse the spinny bit, and the empty jar/glass could go right into the dishwasher.

    Seriously, my is blown. I'm taking the blender bits to the grocery store tonight after work.

  • Reply Sarah Dee April 10, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Spinach, green apple, coconut milk, and lime… it does not disappoint :)

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