Wednesday, June 2, 2010

summer snack of choice

the smoothie has been center stage in our house for the past several weeks.

my youngest came up with the idea of having a smoothie for a snack, for lunch, for any good reason... i don't think there's a bad one.

we have frozen blueberries, strawberries & bananas in the fridge all year round, so these are a good way to use them up. if you have these fruits & a blender on hand, you're good to go.

my basic recipe is very simple:

vanilla yogurt
orange juice
strawberries, frozen
blueberries, frozen
banana, fresh or semi-thawed frozen

i don't use exact measurements, a large spoonful of yogurt per person, a good size splash of orange juice & just eyeball the fruit (except for the banana, i always use just 1 per blender).

the key here is using frozen fruit so that you don't have to worry about adding ice to make it nice and frosty.

also, if you don't have yogurt on hand, milk will work in a pinch. just watch how much liquid you use to gauge how thick you'd like it.

*a full blender is going to make about 3 big-kid/adult size glasses full.

oh, and don't forget the straws! you must drink a smoothie with a straw

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