That’s how I feel this summer.
I guess that’s how you are supposed to feel during the summer, or they (who ever they are) wouldn’t call it “the lazy days of summer.”
I don’t want to cook, clean, exercise; and work…. forgetaboutit.
I can’t concentrate on a single.darn.thing.
Lounging poolside, lounging couch side, reading books, watching movies, that’s all I want to do.
But the truth is, I have been very busy this summer, and the last thing I want to do with my free time is cook, clean…. yada yada yada.
So living on simple meals, like sandwiches, brinner (breakfast for dinner), salads and smoothies has been this summer’s reality.
Lot’s and lot’s of smoothies.
After burning up two blenders (from all that smoothie makin’), I started making smoothies in my food processor. But that really wasn’t efficient. So, I have been shopping around for one of those fancy high powered blenders, but couldn’t fathom spending the cost of an arm and a leg (and all the hair on my head) to buy a blender.
Then recently (at Blogher Food), I meet the folks at Ninja Kitchen. I was fairly familiar with their Ninja Cooking System (a slow cooker, oven, stove top all in one), and have had it on my wish list for quite sometime. But there I was introduced to the Ninja Kitchen System (a blender, juicer, food processor). This thing has totally rocked my smoothie lovin’ world. I use the single serve ‘blender’ cups multiple times per day to feed my smoothie habit (because after I am done, the cups just get thrown in the dishwasher… lazy… remember?). Another plus, is that this mega watt machine is not mega on price!*
This Sour Apple Creamy Green Smoothie, is one of the MANY smoothie concoctions I have thrown together during this summer of smoothies. The bright green color comes from spinach, creaminess is added from avocados (more green), all blended together with tart, slightly sour green apples, to make one powerful smoothie!
1 medium avocado, sliced
1 medium granny smith apple, cored and chopped (do not peel)
1 cup spinach
1 lime, juiced and zested
½ cup ice (plus more if needed)
2-3 teaspoons honey
½ cup all natural apple juice
Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
*Disclosure: I was given a Ninja Kitchen System to review and was not required to write this post. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.