Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Peach Banana-Berry Smoothies
This recipe is obviously just a starting point. Smoothies are a great opportunity to use just about any combination of fruits (and vegetables!) you have available. Feel free to mix, match and customize! I've gotten used to throwing in a handful of fresh spinach leaves and a spoonful of ground flax seeds to sneak in even more nutrition. Those little extras are completely optional, but I can assure you that they blend right up and don't affect the flavor a bit.
Also, as I've been highlighting quick, weekday breakfasts, a smoothie recipe definitely needs to be included!
makes about 3 cups
1 banana, peeled, frozen and broken into chunks
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 whole peaches or nectarines, pit removed and cut into chunks
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (optional)
1 handful fresh spinach leaves, washed and dried (optional)
milk or fruit juice as needed
In the pitcher of a blender, place in order: yogurt, peaches, blueberries, banana chunks, spinach and flax seeds (basically, you want the more juicy kinds of fruit and any liquid on the bottom. Blend on high speed, stopping and scraping down any stubborn pieces of fruit as needed, until smooth. If mixture is especially thick, you can add a splash of milk or juice. If it is too thin, a few ice cubes can help. Pour into glasses and enjoy, drinking through straws preferable.
Note: I like to put any fruit that is starting to get close to past its prime into smoothies. If I'm not going to use it right away, it's great to freeze it in chunks and have it ready to throw into the blender at a moment's notice. Once bananas are overripe, I will peel them, place them in baggies and throw them in the freezer.
Also, lots of surprising fruits are great in smoothies---try whole grapes, chunks of cantaloupe or honeydew, kiwi, peeled oranges, pineapple, kiwis, mango...I know a friend who always throws a few baby carrots into hers and another friend who puts raw beets into her smoothies (I hear they make it a lovely pink color, but I've yet to try).