Smoothie Recipes

It’s a hot day and I have grandchildren visiting.  What better excuse for making smoothies can I have?  If you want to make a smooth smoothie, you need a strong blender or a Vita Mix.  I use my Vita Mix because it crushes ice and frozen fruit so easily.  Start with either ice or frozen fruit.  Frozen fruit makes a richer tasting smoothie.  Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are easy to find in the frozen food section of the grocery store.  Any fresh fruit can be substituted for the frozen.  Sometimes I chop up ripe bananas and freeze them to use in smoothies.  You can also combine several kinds of fruit in the same smoothie.

Here are two recipes for basic smoothies.  If, after you mix the smoothie, you want it thicker, add more fruit.  If you want it thinner, add more liquid.  You can vary them by changing the fruit or the liquid.  Milk, juice, coconut milk, soy milk, yogurt or even ice cream may be used for the liquid.  Of course, if you use ice cream, then it’s a shake instead of a smoothie, but who cares?

Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup yogurt

2 bananas, chopped

1 cup ice

Two tablespoons honey or sugar

Place the ingredients into the blender or Vita Mix in the order listed.  Put the lid on securely.  (Very important.  Ask me how I know!) Turn on the machine.  Increase the speed quickly to high.  Run for 1 minute, or until smooth.

Strawberry Smoothie  (Or blueberry or whatever)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup yogurt

2 cups frozen strawberries (or any other frozen fruit)

Two tablespoons honey or sugar

Place the milk, yogurt, and strawberries into the blender or Vita Mix.  Secure the lid.  Turn on the machine and increase the speed to high.  Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

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2 responses to “Smoothie Recipes

  1. Mmm, smoothies. How about recipes for fruit pops? I need more ways to beat the heat!

  2. Actually, you can use the same recipes. Just pour the smoothie into small paper cups and put the cups into the freezer. Stick a popsicle stick in the middle before it freezes. After frozen, peel off the cup and eat.

    You can use any combination of favorite fruit and milk or juice. Or, you could just use juice. Add a little sugar if you use a tart fruit.

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