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
seltzer

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. Source:www.NourishingMeals.com


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


Blend.


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
ice


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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