From Too Many Chefs -

April 22, 2004
Smoothie Operator

I started the morning with a smoothie today. Smoothies are a great way to have dessert for breakfast and not feel too guilty about the calories. Done with the right fruit, smoothies are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals like calcium.

I've seen a lot of smoothie recipes that call for sugar, honey, or other sweeteners, but I don't think you need all that. Most of those professional smoothie places like Jamba Juice or Smoothie King charge an arm and a leg for a drink that often contains ice cream or frozen yogurt which has too much sugar and too many calories for my taste.

Here's the kind of smoothie I like - simple, delicious, and a lot cheaper than the $5 you'll pay at a smoothie bar. I call it the "Blueberry and" smoothie because the blueberries take over the drink once blended.

"Blueberry and" Smoothie
2 cups plain yogurt
1.5 cups orange juice
1.5 cup skim milk
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen peaches

Put everything in the mixer. Blend. Drink. Serves 4 or so.

A pinch of salt will help bring out more flavor, but I usually avoid it. If you think the drink is still too sour (and it will have a bit of a tang to it) you can add honey or even sugar, but you really shouldn't need to.

Using frozen fruit means you don't have to use ice which waters down the drink. I suppose the more decadent could save this for the evening and add a bit of rum. Hmmmm - I do have some left in our fridge for tonight...

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at April 22, 2004 8:57 AM | TrackBack

Barrett, your last comments remind me of a favourite cocktail of my mother's back in the seventies: peach fuzz. She used to freeze pounds of peaches every year, and when she wanted a nice festive cocktail she'd take them out of the freezer and dump a couple (with the frozen syrup) in the blender and add vodka. Instant alcoholic goodness! Maybe now that I have a big American fridge it will be time to follow in my mother's footsteps this year and do some preserving...!

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 22, 2004 at 9:17 AM

Use enough alcohol and it won't be the peaches that are preserved.

Posted by Barrett on April 22, 2004 at 9:32 AM

Smoothies are the best! I sometimes like to use the silky tofu instead of yogurt or milk in my smoothies. You'd think it would taste weird, but I don't notice it at all. It's good if you're lactose intolerant.

Posted by ladygoat on April 23, 2004 at 7:23 PM

Inspired by your blog (and anxious to use the one remaining accessory on my immersion blender I haven't tried yet) I looked for frozen fruits at my local supermarket. Sniff, none to be had. I'll have to go to a specialty frozen foods store this weekend...

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 28, 2004 at 11:02 AM