Don’t you love the way smoothies look before you blend them? All those gorgeous, bright, contrasting colors. I always call the kids into the kitchen when I’m about to blend, so they can watch it transform before their very eyes.
I’ve been on a bit of a juice/smoothie kick lately. It seems like my blender hardly gets a rest nowadays. Maybe the winter is beginning to take its toll on me. I try to buy locally grown produce as much as possible, making an exception for citrus in the winter (after all, it never grows here) and bananas year-round (which never grow here, either). And we’ve been eating lots, and lots, and LOTS of apples and pears. In fact, we got our Spud.com order today, and I couted: 22 apples and 9 pears. That should last us through the week.
Anyway, sometimes I just long for some of those yummy summer fruits right around this time of year. Frozen fruit to the rescue! And what better use for frozen fruit than a fruit smoothie? (Or a pie…nothing wrong with a pie…)
You really don’t need a recipe for a fruit smoothie. Just throw some fresh or frozen fruit in a blender. Add any extras you want (like flaxseeds, greens, etc). Add liquid (water, juice, nondairy milk, nondairy yogurt) and blend. Add some ice if you are using only fresh fruit. Here’s what I used today:
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 fresh peeled clementine
- 1 Tbsp Udo’s DHA oil*
- a bunch of snipped wheatgrass
- 1 1/2 cups water
Place all ingredients in a blender. Photograph for your blog. Blend. Photograph again. Enjoy!
Yields: 2 large or 4 small servings
* Note: Udo’s DHA oil is a blend of essential oils from flaxseed and sea algae, providing the body with essential omega-3 fatty acids. Sometimes I use pure flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed in my smoothies. Omega-3’s are really important for your health, so make sure you get them! (I’m talking to you omnivores, too…how much fatty fish do you really eat per week?) Walnuts are another great source of omega-3’s.