Monday, June 18, 2012

Smoothie Operator

As you've no doubt noticed, I've become a bit obsessed with smoothies and my new Ninja blender, trying new combos practically everyday--just in time for summer!  Here are my attempts thus far, which I'll update periodically, as necessary.

Make Your Own Smoothie
1 1/2-2 cups frozen fruit (or mix of fresh and frozen, with ice cubes for thickness)
1/2-1 cup dairy or non-dairy (milk, soymilk, almond milk, yogurt, even silken tofu)
1 1/2 cup additional liquid like juice or nectar (mango nectar, orange juice, soda, tea)
1-2 tablespoons sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar)
add-ins:  almonds, fresh fruit, coconut butter, lime juice, vanilla extract, kale!

Blend, adding additional liquid for desired consistency.

Mommy Hungry

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

2 frozen orange juice bars
½ cups cold milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
¾ cup cold orange juice

Blend the juice bars, milk, ice cream and orange juice in a blender. Can substitute frozen orange juice for orange juice bars.

Alternate: Orange Freeze
From Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Woodhaven, where they filmed part of Brighton Beach Memoirs. Very tasty! And easier than the creamsicle smoothie.
2 scoops orange sherbet
1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Tropical Slushie
This is a recipe from Scholastic's Parent and Child magazine that the kiddos can actually have. And it's pretty good (6/07).

1 cup mango nectar
20 oz Canned Pineapple Chunks in Juice

Freeze pineapple chunks overnight. Defrost 10 minutes before blending with mango nectar. Serve.
Parent and Child Magazine (2 points; 3 servings)

Peach Smoothie
1 bag frozen peaches, slightly defrosted in microwave (esp. if you don't have high-powered equipment)
1/4-1/2 cup milk, or more (cow, soy, even coconut works; I imagine yogurt would work, too, for really thick ones)--Miss D makes hers with orange juice and no milk
1/4 cup honey (or more to taste)

Mix in your blender or food processor until desired consistency.  Sometimes we like it chunky like ice cream or liquid like a smoothie; just adjust milk amounts.  It will refreeze but isn't as tasty later.  Enjoy!

Mommy Hungry

Mango Smoothie
1 bag frozen mangoes, approx. 16 oz. 
1/2 cup soymilk
1 cup mango nectar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
the juice of one lime

 Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Add additional soymilk and nectar, equally, as needed.

Mommy Hungry

Green Smoothie
3 leaves kale
1/2 cup water
1 1/4 cups soy milk
1 1/2 cups frozen fruit
1 ripe banana
1-2 tablespoons honey

Blend kale, water, and soy milk for 30+ seconds.  Add fruit, banana, and honey and blend for 60+ seconds, adding more liquid for desired consistency.

Enjoy in a dark-colored glass!

Mommy Hungry adapted from Heather Bruggeman

Strawberry-Almond Smoothie
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
1 1/2 to 2 cups water 
2 to 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon raw honey (we used closer to 2+)
1 whole vanilla bean (we didn't use this)

Place the almonds and water into a high-powered blender. Add water and blend until very smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds. Then add the berries, vanilla bean, and honey, blend again until smooth. Serve immediately.

Almond Energy Blast
1 cup low-fat low-sugar vanilla soymilk
3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
6 ounces firm silken tofu
1/4 cup dry-roasted almonds


Raspberry Sodas
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 (12 oz.) can gingerale or lemon-lime soda
1 (6 oz) container raspberry or plain yogurt
brown sugar to taste, depending on raspberries
1-3  ice cubes, depending on thickness preference

Blend until smooth

Blueberry Smoothie

2 quarts (2 1/2 lbs.) frozen blueberries, slightly thawed; or 2 quarts free blueberries
1 quart pineapple-orange-strawberry juice blend; or pineapple-orange juice
1 quart low-fat vanilla yogurt
8 tsp. Sugar

- In a container of an electric blender, combine blueberries, juice, yogurt and sugar.
-Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
-Serve immediately in tall glass.
-Garnish with blueberry skewers spiraled with thin stripes of orange peel, if desired.

Our Very Cherry Banana Smoothie
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt (this was lowfat)
15 frozen sweet cherries
1 banana, fresh

Combine in food processor/blender. Let kids watch. Server immediately.

Mango Lassi
1 ripe mango
1 cup whole or lowfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar
½ cup cold water

Peel, pit, and coarsely chop 1 ripe mango (to yield about 1 cup fruit). In a blender, purée mango with yogurt, sugar, and cold water until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove pulp, if desired. Serve immediately over ice.

Everyday Food

Rise 'N Shine Smoothie
1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 cup orange juice
6 oz. vanilla yogurt (or plain, with 1 tablespoons sweetener)
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
4 whole strawberries
3 ice cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Grind oats into fine crumbs in blender.  Then add remaining ingredients, blending until smooth.  

Makes 2.

Smoothies and Summer Drinks recipe booklet

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