Speaking of milkshakes, I feel like I need to confess something. I learned the hard way about not placing spoons into the blender while the blender is running. When I was in high school, my friend and I were making chocolate shakes and when it clogged as it was blending, I carefully removed the lid, ensuring that it wouldn’t splatter everywhere. I stuck my wooden spoon into the blender to move things around a bit. Sudddenly, I heard a loud zzt sound and my spoon jerked. Uh oh! I realized that I needed to turn the blender off before sticking an object in (profound, I know). All was well until we were eating the milkshakes and I discovered an “almond” in my chocolate shake. I thought, “is this rocky road ice cream instead of chocolate?” That’s when I removed the said almond and discovered that this “nut” was actually a chunk of the wooden spoon. Lesson learned. Don’t do this. Learn from me.
So the combo of these events has led me to use this nice wedding gift blender to make some great smoothies and steer clear of milkshakes.
|berry banana blast (Asher’s name for it)|
Now, I’m not into the $5-with-a-bunch-of-chemical-enhancers-added smoothies. I am too much of a purist and too frugal. I prefer blending them at home with some simple ingredients: yogurt, frozen fruit and juice.
I wrote about over-ripe bananas in my last post, and in addition to banana bread, this is a great use of them! Peel and slice your ripe bananas, throw them in a ziplock bag and place in the freezer. Then they are ready when you want to make a smoothie.
|ripe bananas sliced to put away|
|ready to be frozen|
|banana orange mango smoothie|
1 cup or more frozen fruit- a combo or just one (I find that banana adds a great creamy element to all smoothies)
1/2 cup juice- of your choice- I use orange most often
1/2 cup low fat yogurt (vanilla or flavored- my favorite is natural vanilla)
a handful of ice and more IF the fruit you are using isn’t frozen;
add honey IF the fruit isn’t sweet enough
and a sprinkle of flax seed if you want to add some fiber and OMEGA 3 pow!
Blend together. Turn off blender and stir if it clumps. Repeat until smooth and well blended. Drink with a straw.
Makes 2 smoothies- 1 to eat, one to share….it’s a good way to live.
Make note of what you did that you liked and what you would change or add so you can remember the next time. Then you can discover your favorite combinations.
My 9 year old is the smoothie connoisseur. He loves them and requests them often. Recently there was an insert in a food magazine that was on our coffee table that had 50 Smoothie recipes. Asher loved the idea and excitedly chose some for us to make. After trying a couple that he didn’t love, and which required many ingredients (including flavored extracts, coconut milk, etc.), we agreed that simple is best. So, I say, get creative with your variety of fruit, yogurts and juices, but keep it simple!
This week we had mango and strawberry fruit salad for dinner. We had leftovers and I knew that it would get yucky by the next day in the refrigerator, so I froze them. This morning we used them in a smoothie with banana, orange juice, ice, and vanilla yogurt. In a few minutes I heard the sound of success…slurping straws in empty glasses!