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Sometimes A Smoothie Can Change Your Life 
 
Jun. 15, 2011 5:34 pm 
Updated: Jun. 19, 2011 5:12 am
Having a healthy lifestyle is a pain in the tuchus, and everyone knows it! Well, it's not as much of a pain in the tuchus if your healthy food is delicious, and delicious right from the beginning of your day! I started playing around with making smoothies awhile ago, and this blog contains my general formula for good smoothie-making. It's general for a reason - do some experimenting and see what happens!

For a live-action demonstration, check out my YouTube video on the subject!

You will need:

  • frozen fruit
  • yogurt, banana, sorbet (thickener)
  • almond milk, milk, or juice
  • protein powder (if desired)
  • honey or agave syrup (if desired)
  • cinnamon or other spices (to taste)

Step 1: Thaw frozen fruit

If you put your frozen fruit in the blender while it's hard as a rock, your blender will not blend it! Leave your fruit sitting out for a bit (put the frozen fruit bag in a bowl, so the melting juice doesn't run all over) or leave your blender container sitting in the fridge overnight after step 2.

Step 2: Combine ingredients in blender


Combine all ingredients in blender. You can add these ingredients in any ratio you like; keep in mind, however, that the more liquid (almond milk, milk, juice) you add, the thinner the smoothie will be. Also keep in mind that your blender's container will have much more space than your glass - take care not to overfill, lest you have enough smoothie for an army!

Protein powder can be added if desired (particularly for vegetarians or those building muscle); using a flavored protein powder (vanilla, etc.) can affect the overall flavor of the smoothie. Most of the time the fruit will be sweet enough that you won't need sugar, but if you find your smoothie lacking, stirring in a little honey or agave syrup usually does the trick. Adding cinnamon can do wonders in combination with honey or in smoothies that have blueberries in them.

Step 3: Serve and enjoy!

Now you're ready to drink your smoothie! Feel free to play around with combinations of fruits, liquids, and thickeners: the world is your oyster! A word of caution, though: when experimenting, it's best to make small portions. That way, if you make something you don't like, you won't have a lot of it to get rid of!

June and her smoothie!
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Jun. 15, 2011 7:17 pm
I just got a new blender at a yardsale for $5. I think I am ready to attempt a smoothie! Do you ever put veggies in your smoothies?
 
Jun. 15, 2011 9:25 pm
we love smoothies for breakfast, my sons have them often. I like to make them smoothies and toasted bagels when they write final exams, it seems to keep their brains functioning to get them through the exams and they do not crash at 10a.m.
 
Keri 
Jun. 16, 2011 4:17 pm
We really like smoothies in the morning, too. We make them in my Magic Bullet and haven't had any problem blending fruit that's frozen solid. My favorite is made with one frozen banana, 4-6 frozen strawberries (unsweetened), a small container of key lime pie flavored yogurt, a splash of milk, and one packet of stevia sweetener. My daughter's current favorite is made with two frozen bananas, a small handful of frozen grapes, a splash of milk, and one packet of stevia sweetener. YUM!
 
Keri 
Jun. 16, 2011 4:18 pm
OH...I forgot to say that sometimes I'll add a handful of uncooked oatmeal to my smoothies. It gives them a nice texture and a bit of a nutty flavor.
 
Jun. 19, 2011 5:12 am
You guys all have SUCH great ideas! Thank you for all the awesome comments! Shanon - sometimes I'll throw a handful of spinach into my smoothies, but only when I have PLENTY of fruit on hand. I've tried green smoothies many a time, but alas, the taste just isn't for me! :-)
 
 
 
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A whimsical creature of madness and sass, I tend to lollerfluff about, sniffing things. Also, I'm a champ, and genuinely strange.
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I love to put a starch, veggies, and spices all in a bowl and mix it up! Alternatively I eat piles of raw things.
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My dad used to cook for at least 20x the number of people we'd have at dinner so no one would be hungry for weeks. I always try to do that.
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I love baking cakes and pies!! I have decorated some pretty sweet looking cakes and my pies are always delicious.
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Once on Christmas Eve I tried to make a from-scratch Cherpumple that turned into a Chernople, and I have the Facebook album to prove it!
 
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