It’s a smoothie kind of morning over here. These are some of our favorite kinds of mornings. Liam loves smoothies because I sweeten them with different kinds of fruit. And I love them because it’s a great way to get some extra vegetables and fiber into his diet. Because everyone knows that toddlers aren’t usually the best eaters. Liam actually won’t touch a leafy green unless I hide it in something and smoothies are the easiest way to do it. We recently discovered GreenPaxx’s reusable silicone drinking straws and they’ve been such a fun addition to our smoothie routine. They send us a few straws for free to try out and review and I’m excited to share our thoughts with you.
These GreenPaxx straws are a patented proprietary design, so if you feel like you’ve never seen anything like these before – you’re right! The straws come in two pieces. Which doesn’t seem like a big deal at first. But let me tell you why this is cool. You can actually take the curved part of the straw off and add it to the bottom of the second straw. This lets you add a few more inches to your straw if you’re using a larger cup. Pretty cool, right? It fits cups up to 10 inches tall.
It’s also great because when you’re ready to wash the straw, you can take the pieces apart. And the straw is wide and flexible enough that you don’t need any special tools to wash it. Up until we got our straws from GreenPaxx, Liam was drinking his smoothies in a cup that came with hard plastic straws. I’ve spend way too much time twisting a damp paper towel, pushing it down the straw, trying to clean out every last bit of smoothie residue. It’s hard work. With the GreenPaxx straws, I can just toss them in the dishwasher even. They’re so easy to clean!
I also love that these are metal and plastic free. I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use, both for the environment and for our bodies. But I also don’t love the idea of using metal replacements everywhere either. Especially for things like straws. I love that these straws from GreenPaxx are made of soft food-grade silicone. And unlike metal, it won’t interact with important minerals either. It’s bitable, which is great when you have little ones drinking from them. But as an adult, you also won’t risk damaging your teeth if you’re using the straw while you’re driving or exercising.
You can use the straw in all kids of different cups. So Liam can use one in his sippy cup while my husband can use one for his post-workout drink in his large shaker cup. And because it’s made of silicone, you can use it for hot drinks like coffee or tea too.
Price-wise, $10.95 will get you four reusable straws. Which to me sounds like a really great price. Especially since you can order these straws directly from Amazon and if you’re a Prime member, that includes free shipping. Definitely worth it!
And since everyone’s always asking, my smoothie recipes are generally pretty simple. I usually blend:
1/2 cup milk (we typically use almond milk because we’re mostly dairy free)
1/2-1 cup fruit (typically strawberries or mixed berries)
Giant handfuls of spinach until the blender cup is full
Sometimes I’ll even add in a tablespoon of peanut butter or a teaspoon of chia seeds.