Good Ol’ Smoothie Time

One ingredient used in smoothies

It’s summertime and for us that means smoothie time!  They are a great refreshing, healthy, low fat,  hot-summer-day treat.  Whenever we find ‘banded bananas’ for a bargain price we buy all they have and freeze them right away (except what we save for our delicious banana bread-see recipe previously posted). This summer we had a line on bananas for just five dollars for a whole box, we bought five boxes.  We then came across a great deal on strawberries, nine dollars a case.  We bought eight and froze them right away (except what we saved for our Sunday brunch of Belgian waffles with strawberries and fresh whipped cream).   Next we got a great deal on boxes of peaches.  We canned a bunch of them and froze the rest.  The kids were in smoothie heaven, making them every day, sometimes twice a day.  It’s better than a slushee or a sno-cone or even an ice cream cone.

We have invested in a heavy duty blender after going through several cheaper models and lots of frustration.  The rule is they have to wash out the blender after they have used it or they lose the privilege of using it, if I can catch the person that left it!  No one likes to wash dried on smoothie, least of all me!  Now if I could get them to wash their glasses when they are finished…

 

Here are 2 of my favorite smoothies:

 

Tooty-Fruity-Blueberry

8 oz milk

½ cup ice

1 frozen banana

½ cup blueberries

1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

Tropical Bliss

8 oz milk

½ cup ice

1 frozen banana

½ cup fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple

¼ cup coconut

1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

Increase or decrease liquid for desired consistency, some like to drink it through a straw and some like it spoon thick.

There is no end to the flavor varieties that can be made, which is what keeps it interesting.  I like to add or use things like my a variety of fruits and even vegetables such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, huckleberries, cranberries, cherries, oranges, melons, mangos, kiwi, spinach, carrots, carrot juice, apple juice or a variety of juices or juice concentrates, soy milk, rice milk or almond milk, or I like to add my favorite protein powder, peanut butter, flax seed, coconut oil, any kind of nuts, cinnamon, cocoa powder, vanilla, plain or flavored yogurt, frozen yogurt or ice cream, mint leaves, uncooked oatmeal, granola, etc., etc.

So if you haven’t yet made your own, it’s time to get creative!

 

 

 

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6 Responses to Good Ol’ Smoothie Time

  1. Tracy says:

    Thanks for posting these recipes they look very tasty! I am gonna try em both! ;)

  2. Thomas says:

    My friend who makes smoothies uses a Vitamix blender (a 5200 model, purchased from Sam’s Club). Blenders from other makers didn’t hold up when she added ice.

    Its user manual says this blender is so powerful, running it at a sustained high speed can cook the food. We haven’t tried, and frankly I wouldn’t do that. But this blender is nice and solid, and fast.

    Our general smoothie recipe:
    • banana
    • berries or stone fruit
    • cream from raw milk
    • walnuts or pecans

    Frozen blueberries work well in the off-season. (My friend is fortunate to live in southwest Michigan, a significant fruit-growing area.) Adding nuts (ideally not too much) lends a nice body and flavor, and of course more nutrition.

  3. Kari says:

    We have the same rule with almost every single pan in the house…you touch it…you wash it out. I would prefer it make it all the way to the dishwasher…but washing it out and placing in the sink is the next best thing.

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I would LOVE to see even more recipes. And any exercise/workout information would be fantastic! So many families struggle with finding ways to get/stay healthy – your family seems to know a lot about health. Honestly, I could keep up with your site and show for that alone! :)

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