Saturday, February 10, 2007

Smoothies - A great way to get my one a day

I know, I know - it really should be five a day, I am working up to it. I've been eating a whole can of fruit, so that is like 2 or 3 a day, really.

I know it's important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. It's just not always so easy. That's where smoothies come in. Delicious and nutritious smoothies can be a secret weapon to ensuring I get enough fruit in my diet.

Here are some yummy smoothie combinations that are great for breakfast or any time of the day. Simply throw all of the ingredients in the blender and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes.

Bananarama – 1 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla soy yogurt, dash of vanilla Silk

Mango Mania – 1 mango (cut and pitted), 1/4 cup orange juice

Peach Medley – 1 peach (cut and pitted), 1 banana, 1/4 cup orange juice

Berry Surprise – 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, ¼ cup of Vanilla Silk

Strawberry Ice – 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, I cup crushed ice

Honey melon – 1 cup chopped honey dew lemon pieces, 1/4 cup apple juice, tablespoon honey.

Banana Boost – 1 banana, 1/4 shredded wheat cereal (or other high fiber cereal), 1/4 cup Vanilla Silk. A great way to get extra fiber and vitamins into my diet.

And if it's hot outside why not try smoothie popsicles. They make a great alternative to sugary ice cream and are a delicious summer treat. For a creamier consistency try adding 1/4 cup soy yogurt of your choice to the recipes above and pour the smoothie mixture into popsicle molds. If you don't have popsicle molds you can use paper cups or even ice cube trays. Fill cups or tray and when half frozen and slushy, insert popsicle stick and leave until fully frozen.

You don't have to stick to the recipes above, just about any of your favorite fruit combinations will taste delicious in a homemade smoothie. It's also a great way to let kids get involved in the kitchen. Let them choose their favorite fruits and let them help you peel and chop them up (according to their age of course). They can also pour liquid ingredients into measuring cups.

Smoothies are not only a great way to get your everybody to eat more fruit. They're also easy to prepare and best of all delicious.


Jennifer said...

ooh I love smoothies.... I just hate cleaning my blender! LOL

Retta said...

I suddenly miss my blender!