I recently discovered the most amazing way to bring my lunch to work. It's a Mason jar salad. Basically you layer some ingredients with the dressing on the bottom. Then shake and dump. Voila. I used this tutorial. And my first salad was some balsamic vinegar and olive oil, baby carrots, red bell pepper, sliced strawberries, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and baby spinach, in that order. Order is important (see tutorial). I used a quart-sized jar. Perfect sized healthy homemade salad for lunch!
My first attempt: a sliced banana, frozen sliced strawberries, and 8 oz. of unsweetened almond-coconut milk. My thinking: the banana would blend up nicely because it was warm, the frozen strawberries were sliced rather thinly so I thought I would get small chunks and that the frozen-ness of them would equate to a perfect icy smoothie. In reality: I shook this as hard as I could and couldn't get it to blend the way I expected. I got big chunks of strawberries. The bananas blended well. I didn't get anything icy, but it was still an okay smoothie consistency.
I actually don't think you could get an icy smoothie with this (I like frozen smoothies like Jamba-style, maybe that's not what other people expect in a smoothie?) unless you used shaved ice - or crushed ice and shook the shit out of it. But after looking through their recipes, I suppose that making a frozen blended smoothie isn't the idea. Oh well!
I guess I'll just have to use it to make pancakes.