Smoothies and Smoochees

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Because it’s Valentine’s Day… I felt the urge to say hello.

And to say I love ya.

And, while I’m at it, I decided to share this smoothie recipe with you.

I concocted these for my girlies. It gives them fruit and a little spinach all in one pretty package. The fact that it’s kind of a blush color makes it all the more appropriate for me to share today. My Emily calls them “smoochees”.

If you are in need of a Valentine’s Day dinner idea you can click HERE. It’s not too late!! You can still hit the grocery store and cook a decadent, romantic dinner-for-two. I even gave you a timeline to help you out! If you’re starting today you won’t be able to follow it exactly, but it will still be helpful to guide you through making the meal.

Back to the smoochee.

You can use a blender or food processor. My blender shattered in a tragic moment a few weeks ago. A new blender is now on my wish list. After doing some blender research I’ve been drooling over some Blendtec blenders (too expensive, but they’re supposed to work amazing). In reality I’m looking more at this Oster Blender. I read that it works well and comes with a mini food processor. The downside is that it’s a bit noisy. But for $40 it’s definitely budget-friendly. My other option is this Kitchen Aid Blender, which is probably my favorite for the price. At $130 it is more pricey compared to the Oster. But it has a better motor that’s also quieter. AND it comes in 14 different colors!!! I’m boring and like the white and the silver metallic colors best. At the time I wrote this post… the Kitchen Aid just happened to be on sale for $90 instead of $130!  Grab the deal if you need a good blender. It might not last long!

(By the way… this is not a sponsored post. Blendtec, Oster, and Kitchen Aid have no idea who I am. Just in case you were wondering.)

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies. Or “Smoochees”, if you prefer.

However you pronounce it… it’s DELICIOUS.

It starts with frozen strawberries… ten to twelve of them depending on their size. I think I used eleven in this photo.

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

A 15-ounce can of sliced peaches. Unsweetened or lightly sweetened are healthiest.

If you only have the kind in the heavy syrup…. that’ll work!

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt. I used Dannon ‘Light & Fit’.

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

1/3 cup of packed baby spinach leaves.

I remove the stems.

It seems laborious, I know. But it really only takes an extra minute or so and makes the texture smoother. If you have a heavy-duty blender or food processor, this step may not be necessary.

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

And there you have it!

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

I have to scrape down the sides and puree. Scrape down the sides and puree. Scrape down the sides and puree.

But after a few scrapes and pulses it breaks up the strawberries completely, and it’s nice and smooth.

And now, because it’s Valentine’s Day, I need to share one more thing.

The “other” man in my life.

My little man.

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Oooo! He melts my heart.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry-Peach Smoothies with Spinach via applestoziti.com

Enjoy the smoothies!

And the smoochees.

And the smoochin’.

xoxo, jenna

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