Reusable Smoothie Straws

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Since I’ve been getting my smoothie groove on lately, I started thinking about how I was drinking them.

Isn’t the idea of consuming mass quantities of fruits and vegetables to make me healthier?

Why am I sucking these healthy drinks through a plastic grocery store straw?

Are those safe?

Am I slowly ingesting plastic?

How about BPA?

I really had no idea. I started asking these questions of Google as well as looking into alternative straws.

As it turns out, with the frequency I eat smoothies, I had reason to be skeptical of my straws. Not really the best health-wise or for the environment.

But really, what is a smoothie without a straw?

As I found out, there are 4 main alternative to plastic disposable straws:

Metal 

Stainless steel or titanium. 10 dollars for a set 0f 4, and reusable.

I didn’t order any to try because they get cold when placed in cold liquid, and they are difficult to make sure they are clean, since you can’t see through the straw.

Glass

Glass straws are pretty. The prettiest of the options, IMO. Glass straws are reusable and you can see if they are clean. However, they also come with a hefty price tag.

30 dollars for a set of 4… I’m in college! I don’t have 30 dollars to spend on something pretty. Maybe after graduation…

Paper

Better for the environment than plastic, but still disposable. More reasonably priced.

6-7 dollars for 144. I didn’t order any paper straws because I like to chew my straws and I don’t enjoy eating paper. They come in a variety of cute patterns, I just don’t think they are for me.

Silicone

Silicone ended up being my baby bear. Reusable and in my price range. They don’t transfer heat, so they don’t get cold in smoothies. You can still chew on the ends. And best of all, they are completely non-toxic.

I ordered a set of 4 silicone reusable straws from GreenPaxx off of Amazon for $10.95.

I am not affiliated with this company, and I am not receiving anything for my review. Although, all things on the table, Code Boyfriend did get a job offer from Amazon. Yay Amazon!

Back to the straws.

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These straws are, for lack of a better term, cool. They come in 2 pieces! I was worried this would make them leak, but I’ve had no issues with that.

The 2 piece design really does make them easy to clean, but I have noticed that the dishwasher doesn’t get them all the way clean if they haven’t been rinsed out or soaked after smoothie-time.

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But on the upside, they are dishwasher safe, so I feel that they are sterilized.

Once run through the dishwasher, or even hand washed, the straws do not hold on to any odors from my smoothies. Even when Code Boyfriend used one for a frappuccino. Not even coffee stained these bad boys.

They are also huge, great for thick smoothies and milkshakes.

The only thing I don’t like about these straws is the overall look. They do look very childish, only coming in hot pink or blue, with lime green.

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I would still highly recommend investing in some of these straws if you too find yourself going through too many plastic straws.

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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I’m on a huge smoothie kick right now. I love playing around with different combinations of berries, citrus, vegetables, and juices.

Code Boyfriend thinks these smoothies are way too complicated. He’s more of a one fruit at a time kind of guy.

So, until I have selected a favorite crazy green smoothie to feature here, I’m going to share Code Boyfriend’s favorite.

I added oats to this smoothies to round it out as a breakfast. It also really makes it taste muffin-y. The oats also help keep Code Boyfriend full until lunch!

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

  • 1/2 Cup of Oats, we had quick cooking on hand
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 6 or so Ice Cubes
  • Juice, I used a splash of Orange Juice to thin out the consistency

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Combine all ingredients in a blender.

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Blend to combine.

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Pour into a fancy glass, add a straw and be amazed at how much it tastes like a blueberry muffin!

DIY Vanilla Extract

Thank you Code Boyfriend for taking my very large hint and getting me vanilla beans for Christmas.

I’ve been dying to try to make my own vanilla extract, but vanilla beans are just so darn expensive. On a college budget, it’s very easy to say, “Oh this will cost less than buying tiny bottles of vanilla extract in the long run”.

But then 1 vanilla bean at Wegman’s is 9 dollars.

“They’re cheaper online,” the internet screamed at me. But they were never cheap enough for me to take the plunge on my own accord.

So, imagine my excitement when I unwrapped a package of 5 Madagascar vanilla beans from Code Boyfriend.

After much internet searching, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to use borbon or vodka to extract the delicious perfume from the beans.

So I split the difference and made both. 1 mason jar each.

Once I start baking with them, I’ll let you know if I can tell any difference at all.

  • 2 – 1 pint mason jars
  • 5 Vanilla Beans
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of vodka and bourbon

Split all of the vanilla beans down the middle and in half, and divide them up evenly into both sterile mason jars. I pulled my directly from a very hot dish washer. Trust me, you don’t want contaminated vanilla.

 Pour in enough of your chosen alcohol to cover the beans. Since I cut mine in half, this ended up being around 1 and a half cups of each type of booze.

 Store in a cool, dark place, shaking daily to distribute the vanilla.

 The internet tells me they will be ready in 5 weeks. I’ll post a follow up picture then!