Friday, July 18, 2008

Cool Fruity Goodness

Mini Bee's Knees provided your visual for my post today. The reason I chose it is for the pineapple which is my most loved smoothie flavor.

My favorite way to cool off which is something we need to do around here from April to October is to make smoothies. They are cold and I hope relatively nutritious and I have them many times when it is hot for a meal at breakfast or lunch.

My favorite smoothie uses about a cup of crushed ice, a small container of light vanilla yogurt, about a cup of pineapple-orange juice and frozen pineapple chunks. It all goes in the blender to make thick icy goodness that tastes so good. This makes a very big smoothie and you can share it and have a wonderful drink to go along with any breakfast or light lunch.

You don't need to stop there however. I alway start my smoothies with crushed ice and vanilla yogurt. The combinations of fruit and juice after that can be anything you like. For fruit you can use fresh bananas or frozen strawberries, mango, peaches, raspberries, blackberries or mixed of any of them. I think I use about 1/2 of fruit but I don't really measure. For juice I like to use orange or pineapple but I have used white grape, cranberry or anything blended with cranberry or any of the Welch's Orchard blends.

Have fun creating your own combinations!
Leave a comment and let me know what you come up with.

13 comments:

  1. We too enjoy smooties, though when using pineapple I am able to make ours with our homegrown pineapples and soy protein from Whole Foods. Of course I have used many other fruits too, including fresh mango from the tree down the street, frozen bananna's, black & rasp berries, and I like to use yougart as well.

    So yummy, filling, and good for you too! I feel good using one as a replacement for a regular meal.

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  2. I do the same thing with strawberry/banana yogurt, orange juice, and bananas. I'll put ice cubes and OJ together in the blender, to get a cold mixture, and add the other ingredients. Sounds like a smoothie coming on for lunch!

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  3. We make soothies all the time! I love them! We like strawberries, bananas, and cherries.

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  4. I never thought of cherries. I bet that is good! Thanks for the tip.

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  5. At our house, we're hooked on smoothies, too!

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  6. Love smoothies, good way to cool off.

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  7. I make smoothies a lot too! I tend to use our orange mango juice that my hubby and I love - and then add strawberries :) That's my fav combination!

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  8. mmm i love smoothies - I need to make the pineapple one you described though - sounds delicious! A truly great way to cool off!

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  9. I love smoothies for breakfast in them summer with a little wheatgrass and some berries. A good way to start the day.

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  10. Oops - I meant "the" not "them"

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  11. I like this post. I always mean to make smoothies, but never get around to it. A cherry one sounds good-- might try that!

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  12. YES! I love the smoothies! yum yum.

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