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Berry Banana Smoothie

bbsWhile I don’t think I could eat an actual banana anytime soon, I have gotten used to the taste of them in my smoothies. I prefer to use them frozen and usually grab the last two before they get too brown and throw them in the freezer.

We had a bag of mixed berries from our berry picking adventure earlier this summer. Not enough for a pie or bread, but plenty for a smoothie!

Berry Banana Smoothie
1 frozen banana, cut into five or six pieces
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup coconut milk, yogurt, milk, or whatever you prefer as base
1/2 cup water – you may need more if you use yogurt
1-2 tbsp flax seed – if you have it and want a little extra fiber and some Omega 3s

1. Put the ingredients in a blender in the order needed.
2. Start blender on low and slowly increase speed until smoothie reaches desired consistency.

I made my smoothie with coconut milk. I like the way it tastes. My family will drink them this way too but only without the flax seed. It’s an acquired taste and they haven’t acquired it yet. As the school year approaches and our schedule is about to go into overdrive, I need to make sure I have lots of super healthy recipes on hand to get My Faithful Assistant through a busy 8th grade schedule and three nights a week of swimming, plus music lessons and Confirmation.

Should be a fun year but we’ll be ready!


Pineapple Orange Smoothie

posIt’s been a while since I’ve had a smoothie. My poor lonely blender. It sits on the counter, staring at me, empty inside. I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to have a smoothie.

The beautiful thing about smoothies is that you can add several ingredients and some will really hide flavors that maybe aren’t your favorite. I had a coupon for some yogurt that turned out to be kind of gross when eaten as yogurt with a spoon. But add it to a smoothie and it’s perfectly fine!

Pineapple Orange Smoothie
1 orange
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup canned pineapple
A handful of oats
1/2 cup of ice, if desired

1. Everything goes in the blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending on low and increase speed until the smoothie reaches the desired consistency.

I could have added spinach to this instead of the oats. I small amount of celery would also be good. Be careful with celery in smoothies. It can overtake everything else very easily. No more than a three inch piece. And it can be hard on the blender. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you may want to skip it.

If you like a dairy-free smoothie, try some almond milk.

Need some more smoothie ideas? Check out all my Smoothie recipes in the Recipe Categories.




Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

gmssThere was an upset tummy in house this morning so, even though this morning I was planning on making some pancakes or some other hearty family breakfast, I decided that a tummy soothing smoothie would be a better choice.

Now I know that some of you are going to say that yogurt isn’t good for tummy problems. I am aware that, in some sour tummy situations, dairy is not recommended. I also know that in this case, yogurt would be just the thing.

The light yellow color of this smoothie reminded me of the early morning glow of the sun, so I called my smoothie…

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie
(4 – 8 oz smoothies)
1 cup nonfat yogurt – I used vanilla
2 bananas
1 mango, cut in chunks
1/2 cup water
1 scoop whey protein powder
1 cup of ice

1. Place the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Begin blending on low and slowly increase speed to high.
3. Blend until smooth.

My faithful assistant stated right off, “If I don’t like this, I’m not drinking it!” Thanks, buddy! The brave soul took a sip and declared that he liked it and would finish it. This child will eat just about anything but for some reason, he doesn’t love smoothies. Could be the vegetable sneaking. Maybe. Okay. It is. If you want to add some veggies to this, I would go with some grated zucchini.

It’s supposed to snow tonight. Ugh. I may have to grab a couple more mangos today so I can have a little sunshine in a glass tomorrow morning, until the storm passes.