One of the options for our second Tide Stain Ambassador Challenge involved berries and smoothies, and that sounded just about perfect to me. I love smoothies! Especially as the weather gets warmer, and fresh, local fruit starts to become available, these are a great way to start the day. But I do enjoy them year-round with frozen berries and the always available bananas.
I initially thought I'd concoct a delicious smoothie recipe to include in this post, but I decided against that idea. I approach my smoothie making with a great deal of practicality (what do I have on hand?) and just a basic set of steps. I guess it's never the same way twice, but that's fine by me. In all honesty, these are the simplest things in the world to make and you should just throw in what appeals to you.
- Start with fruit - fresh or frozen. Berries and bananas are my favourites. Mango works too. You can get great fruit and berry mixes in the frozen food aisle of your local grocery store.
- Add yogourt. I like plain Greek yogourt for the texture and the protein hit.
- Add some juice or almond milk (or soy milk or whatever you like) to get the consistency you desire.
- And blend.
I always include a protein powder (whey or hemp) and sometimes ground flax seed (for my hormones). A handful of spinach or kale is a great idea as well, and you really won't taste it. You can add honey for sweetness if you like.
Now, since I was being encouraged to make a mess with this, before I sat down to enjoy my smoothie, I played some finger painting with the strawberries and raspberries, and then poured a little of the finished product on my white stain challenge t-shirt for good measure. I rubbed it all in really well.
|Seriously, do you think this will ever come out?|
And, being me, I left this t-shirt lying around for a few days before managing to get it in the laundry. Let's say it was on purpose so the stain could set in, ok?
|Not sure what that is on the shoulder. I had this on the kitchen counter for a while, so could be anything.|
On laundry day I panicked a little, looking at the set-in, dried-up stain. I was truly worried I'd overdone it this time. But, Tide is awesome, so I poured some (probably too much) on and worked it in with the nubs on the cap. I gave it all a good scrubbing, tossed it in the washer with the rest of the whites, more Tide Ultra Stain Release, some Downy Unstoppbables, and hoped for the best!
I don't know why I was worried. It turns out that I had three identical white t-shirts in that load. Only one of them had been used for the stain challenge; the others were just ones Boo had worn. I honestly couldn't identify the stain challenge tee. Can you? Ah-mazing!
I continue to be super-impressed with how well Tide Ultra Stain Release performs. It removes over 100 stains in one wash. If it can get out these tough berry stains, I expect it can stand up to anything. And that means more life for my clothes. And with boys, stains are guaranteed, so I need this stain-fighting power in my arsenal!
I haven't checked to see what our third stain challenge will be, though I will start on it next week. What do you think it should be? Maybe I'll do an extra challenge with some crowd-sourced stain ideas. Toss your worst stain nightmares my way and we'll see what Tide can do! (But don't send the actual stains - I have enough trouble getting to my own laundry ....)
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Tide Stain Ambassador program, and I receive financial compensation for my participation. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.