Have a Smoothie

Smoothies, A Haiku

Smoothies –  blended fruit
Frozen, a fruity milkshake
Easy fruit servings

I didn’t say it’d be a good haiku, but it does explain everything that I love about smoothies.  They are creamy, sometimes milkshake like, drinks that make it super easy to get fruit (and veggie) servings.  You can even add protein powders or energy supplements.

The downside?  Buying smoothies at a restaurant can often lead to unwanted sugar and calories.  But, there’s hope.  Smoothies are super easy to make at home.  You just need a blender, some frozen or fresh fruit, and a liquid!

I own a personal blender.  You’ve seen them on TV (although I do not own the As Seen On TV brand)…they grind, chop, whip, blend — all in individual serving cups.  I LOVE IT.  Why I love it is another blog.  (Note to self: write about my crush on my personal blender).

The Directions/Ingredients/Tips and Variations

Smoothies are all about what you like and need in your diet.  Need calcium? Add some low fat yogurt or skim milk.  Need veggies? Throw in cubed avocado or a handful of spinach.   Having trouble reaching for water throughout the day? Add ice or a splash of water.

Some tips:

  • Bananas can be frozen.  Use up the last of a bunch of bananas by peeling, slicing, and freezing.  Add to smoothies for a flavor kick and texture.  Warning, though, bananas can taste a bit “earthy.”
  • If adding something leafy, like spinach,  or something powdered, like Carnation Instant Breakfast, it’s often easier to add that bit to the blender with your liquid first.  Get it all mixed up and then add the other ingredients.
  • Apple juice is a great mild flavor liquid to add to a smoothie.  Use lite apple juice to cut down sugar.

Some Recipes:

Purple Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 good handful of baby spinach
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of light orange juice
  • 1/2 – 1 serving frozen mixed berries (or some frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries)
  • 1/2 – 1 medium frozen, sliced banana

Put spinach and orange juice in blender.  Blend until spinach is demolished.  Seriously, at best the pieces should be like glitter in a snowglobe.  Add more orange juice, if necessary.  Orange juice will turn green. Add other ingredients and blend until smooth.  It should turn a vibrant purple color.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Breakfast Shake (for2)

  • 1 packet Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 1cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1, 6oz container, strawberry yogurt (or vanilla yogurt) – optional
  • 1/2 – 1 cup milk

Blend all ingredients in blender.  For more “oopmh” add a splash of White Chocolate Coffee creamer.  For a real frozen treat, add a 1/2 cup or so of ice.  Use unsweetened strawberries, low or non-fat yogurt, and low or non-fat milk to cut calories and fat.

For more ideas, visit the website of a smoothie shop (like Smoothie King or Tropical Smoothie Cafe).  Check out what they blend together and the adapt for your own tastes.  And don’t forget, sometimes it’s as easy as throwing some frozen fruit in the blender with some juice and blending until smoothie.

Got a favorite Smoothie recipe?  Please Share!

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