Smile... It's a Smoothie!


Everywhere you go now, smoothies are on the menu. Even those not-so-healthy fast food joints are offering up their version of a “healthy smoothie.”  Tucked away in my kitchen in that corner far, far away, is The Blender.  Now if you’re like me, The Blender is one of those kitchen items you’ve just got to have, but never seem to use. My husband likes to tease me endlessly about it, especially during the holidays when I conceal it with a decorative Christmas covering.

Hah! Not anymore oh dear hubby! The Blender has been activated and assigned a specific duty – making delicious, simple, healthy and nutritious drinks for the family. The Blender now spins and hums several times a day, enriching the diets of our little family.

Here you will find some simple recipes to get you started. Remember, The Blender is part of the family, so let it out to play.

Frankie’s Fruit Smoothie
This is a great smoothie consisting of fruit, fruit juice and ice. You can use whatever fresh fruits you want - any kind of berry, mangos, papayas, kiwi fruit, peaches, bananas, etc. - to make a great smoothie. Feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits (we do!).

1 quart strawberries, hulled
1 banana, broken into chunks
2 peaches
1 cup orange-peach-mango juice
2 cups ice
In a blender, combine strawberries, banana and peaches. Blend until fruit is pureed. Blend in the juice. Add ice and blend to desired consistency. Pour into glasses and serve.

Basic Banana Smoothie
A quick and easy smoothie with only a few ingredients that tastes amazing! The apple juice makes it nice and thick.

3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon honey, or to taste (blackberry honey tastes great!)
2 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon milk, or to taste
4 ice cubes
Blend yogurt, apple juice, honey, bananas, milk and ice cubes in a blender until smooth.

Maura’s Green Monster
My galpal Maura swears by her green monster creation, and she definitely isn’t labeled as an eater of all things healthy. Yeah it’s green, but surprisingly, I liked it. Using a handful of spinach gives it the green color, however I couldn’t even taste the spinach. You can simply blend the spinach with an array of fruits, veggies, or try adding something additional and different like chocolate and peanut butter.

1 handful fresh baby spinach
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled (optional) and diced
1 banana, sliced
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup 2% milk
several ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you didn’t peel the apple, make sure the peel purees thoroughly. Adjust milk or ice cube amount until desired consistency.

Revved Up Strawberry Smoothie
This is absolutely simple to make and very tasty! It is a very interesting blend of two palette exciting flavors. Sugar free energy drinks work extremely well too!

1 (8.3 ounce) can citrus flavored energy drink (ie: Red Bull™)
2 cups fresh strawberries (frozen strawberries can also be substituted)
In a blender, combine the energy drink and frozen strawberries. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add more energy drink if blending is difficult. Pour and serve.

Orange Sunrise Smoothie
This thick and creamy, fresh fruit smoothie will satisfy your sweet tooth without stretching your waistband! A blend of bananas, peaches, honeydew melon, orange-flavored yogurt, and orange juice, this tasty smoothie is a terrific way to start your morning.

1/2 cup orange juice
1 banana, frozen and chunked
1 peach, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup honeydew melon, cubed
1 (8 ounce) container orange yogurt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup ice
Combine the orange juice, banana, peach, honeydew melon, yogurt, sugar, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth, or chunky, as desired. Pour into two glasses and serve.

Summer Soothie Smoothie
This smoothie can only be described as creamy, smooth and refreshing. Strawberries, peaches, and bananas blended with creamy Greek yogurt and cold milk make a refreshing summer snack.

1 cup Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, unsweetened*
1/2 cup frozen peach slices, unsweetened*
1/2 medium banana, peeled
1/2 cup low-fat milk
Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth and serve immediately.
*If using fresh fruit add 2/3 cup ice to the recipe.

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