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I'm Mama Harris, the wife and mother to a large blended and multicultural family. In my lifetime I've been a single mom, a step-mom, a working mom and now a stay at home mom. My kids range in age from toddler to newly adult and I write about my kitchen adventures and the variety of foods and recipes I feed my family at From the Kitchen of Mama Harris. I've experienced all aspects of mommy-hood and look forward to sharing my kitchen tips, tricks, recipes and shortcuts!

Healthy Smoothies On The Go!

Categories: breakfast, healthy, time savers

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There’s one thing that I can enjoy with my whole family, and that’s a delicious and healthy smoothie. If you’ve invested in a great blender like I suggested here, then whipping up a healthy and tasty treat is a snap! Kids love the varieties of colors and flavors and you can even sneak in a few healthy fruits and vegetables to make them even better for everyone. It’s a win/win!

I’ve created two great bases for an endless variety of tastiness. I typically just use whatever I have on hand, so most of the time I never have the same smoothie twice. The two recipes I’m sharing both pack a punch in the nutritional sense, you can add nonfat greek yogurt, soy milk, juice, or even other vegetables to suit your tastes.

The green smoothie has a crisp and fresh taste, perfect for Spring and summer, while the banana-berry smoothie carries a wealth of antioxidants and has a traditional berry taste. Both are delicious and nutritious and great for having as an easy meal on the go.

Banana-Berry Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup ice
Just blend everything up until smooth, then serve in two glasses (serves 2).
Refreshing Green Smoothie Ingredients:
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 small banana
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 2-3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup ice
Just blend everything up until smooth, then serve in two glasses (serves 2).
Tips for healthy smoothies
  • try to use neutral tasting ingredients for the healthy additions, if you’re using berries and bananas add kale, carrots, even chia seeds for extra health benefits without changing the taste of your smoothie
  • Make sure everything you’re adding is healthy and not light on nutrients. Celery might be a great idea for a green smoothie, but there’s other ingredients you can add that have many more nutritional benefits.
  • If you’re adding ingredients like juice, yogurt and milk, be sure you’re checking the labels. It’s easy to have a healthy smoothie go completely unhealthy by adding the wrong ingredients. The idea here is high vitamin, high protein, low sugar, low fat.
What are some of your favorite smoothie combinations?

8 “Must-Have” Kitchen Appliances to Save Time

Categories: kitchen, organizing, products, time savers

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You may have seen my other lists for kitchen utensil essentials as well as pantry essentials, so I thought I’d compile a list of some essential gadgets and small appliances that are wonderful additions to the kitchen.

All of these gadgets are created in order to save you time, which is perfect for the busy mom!

  • Electric mixer. Whether it’s a hand mixer or a stand mixer, you definitely need an electric mixer of some kind. Especially essential if you like to bake.
  • Food Processor. A food processor is one of the ultimate time savers. Need to chop onions, garlic and vegetables? A task that could easily take half an hour takes just five minutes with a quality food processor.
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