Smoothie recipes (or fruit shake recipes) are easy to make, healthy, and delicious. They can be the answer to many of your mealtime dilemmas.
You didn't make dessert but are in the mood for a treat after dinner? Whip up a batch of smoothies - the fastest of healthy dessert recipes.
Here are some specific guidelines for making awesome smoothies.
Every smoothie needs the following three elements:
1. Something with substance. I like to use bananas. Tofu also works well.
2. Your favourite fruit. Fruit can be fresh, frozen, or even canned - with or without the juice. (If you use frozen fruit, which has substance of its own, you can do without the banana or tofu.)
3. A tasty liquid - juice, milk, or soymilk.
You can also add optional ingredients like yogurt, wheat germ, coconut or bran.
That's it! Toss some of each into your appliance, push "blend", and it's ready to drink.
Experiment with different amounts of the three elements. Maybe you prefer a fairly thin smoothie. Add lots of liquid. You're really hungry and want something substantial? Put in more banana or tofu - or both. Do you a want a frosty smoothie? Use frozen fruit. (If you don't have frozen fruit handy, throw in a few ice cubes.)
Frozen fruit is available year round in the freezer case at the grocery store. It's fairly pricey, though. A more economical alternative is to buy seasonal fresh fruit and freeze it yourself. Even better: grow your own, or visit a U-pick farm and have the fun of harvesting your own delicious smoothie makings!
Smoothies freeze well. I like pouring them into popsicle molds for a healthy summertime treat. Frozen smoothie popsicles are also handy to have year-round in case of illness: someone who isn't feeling up to eating will often welcome a popsicle.
Here are some of the smoothie recipes we have enjoyed recently. I'm purposely not including measurements. The beauty of smoothies is that they are so easy to make! Don't measure - just throw stuff in! You'll soon discover how much of each element to include to make a smoothie that is exactly the way YOU like it.
canned (unsweetened) pineapple with juice
Smoothie Ideas from my Readers
1/4 cup almond milk
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 - 1 tsp green tea powder
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt
6 md frozen strawberries
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