Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Trick To Making A Really Great Fruit Smoothie

I have a secret. Are you ready? Most people can't handle it.
I highly dislike fruit.
There. I said it. I am not really sure why I don't like it, but I think it's the consistency. I love apples, and sometimes strawberries. I hate any other kinds. I want to love it! I really do. My husband and kids all love all kinds of fruit. It sits in my fridge, and I see them enjoying cantaloupe, pineapple, and oranges and I just think it looks so good, so refreshing, so healthy! But the second I pop it in my mouth, I get grossed out. I love the flavor, it's the consistency.
Fruit is nutritious, though, so I really needed to add it to my diet. A friend at work made fruit smoothies, so decided to give it a try. The secret, she said, was all the fruit needed to be frozen and don't use any ice. No wonder all of my fruit smoothies before had tasted watered down and gritty - the trick to making a really good fruit smoothie is to freeze the fruit and don't add any ice.
I buy lots of fruit for my family, especially stuff that's on sale. Right now, there is so much good fruit in season and on sale. But even though my family eats alot of it, it's hard to eat it all before it goes bad. So, I take half of all the fruit I get, especially bananas and berries, the stuff that goes bad before it's all eaten, and I pop it in a sandwich bag and put it in the freezer. I buy a big bag of Cuties, peel half and pop them in the freezer. Buying frozen fruit in bags is usually kind of pricey, so I will get it when it's on sale. At Aldi, they have a mixed fruit bag of tropical fruit that I buy, because it's always $1.99 and it's a good deal.

This morning, I used half a banana, about 6 slices of orange, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. And some 2% milk. You can add anything to this, really. I have put in yogurt before, Jason likes peanut butter banana smoothies. I want to add the spinach leaves I've seen people use, but I can't remember to buy it for some reason!

I just add milk until it's thin enough to drink through a straw. Since all of the fruit is frozen, this will stay cold for a few hours. I made a really big cup and drink it all morning. It's a great breakfast treat and keeps me full!

I also add a tablespoon or so of honey I purchased at our local farmer's market. It's supposed to be local honey, which I've heard helps with allergies, but I am not sure if this is considered local. But it tastes good!

And there you have it! A delicious, nutritious start to your day!


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