Monday, May 31, 2010

66. Fruit Smoothie, No Added Sugar

 Fruit smoothie is a great food name; it tells the main ingredient and the actual taste sensation...smoooooth. My kids knew what smoothies were before I did...I don't remember where they learned about them, but I do know they wanted me to make some. Although I bought a children's smoothie cookbook at a garage sale for our home book collection...I never made any of the recipes.

I don't know why I was not interested smoothies, but they did not show up on our menu more than once or twice that is, until I bought a Vita Mix machine in late '06. Smoothie samples were handed out during the store demo where I bought my machine...I loved the was thick, cold and really good! The first recipe I made from the VM cookbook was for a smoothie.

Something I learned early in the process of making my own smoothies was that the addition of bananas almost completely masks out any other flavors. Use them sparingly. I also don't usually add any sugar...if these are supposed to be health drinks, they don't need to be pumped up with sweeteners. Some people add milk or tofu...I do not.

I do add ice cubes which are pulverized along with the different fruit; sometimes I add a little fruit juice if I have it on hand, otherwise, the raw ingredients are all that is necessary. The fiber in these types of drinks is amazing...if the blended ingredients are allowed to just sit for a time, they expand greatly.

Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana - Fruit Smoothie

1 C strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 Banana
1 C pineapple

1/2 C ice cubes

Place all ingredients in your Vita Mix or blender in the order listed. Secure lid and pulse to crush ice. Increase speed to 50% and then on to HIGH. Run for one minute or until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes about 2 cups.

Other great choices: Apple, carrots, oranges, clementines, peaches, pear...

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