You can make smoothies from a myriad of ingredients. In general, you need a liquid such as milk or water, a protein such as peanut butter or protein powder (I like 100% whey protein in vanilla or chocolate flavor) and fruit. You can use any kind of fresh or frozen fruit that you like. Most fruits will blend fully, like blueberries, bananas, cherries and peaches, while others may leave seeds behind, such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Cranberries will blend to a fine size but are still slightly chunky in the finished drink. If you like you smoothies to have a slushy consistency or if you are using only fresh fruit, add a handful of ice cubes to your drink to thicken. For bonus nutrition, add flaxseed and plain Greek yogurt, which will also provide a creamy texture.
Mixing the SmoothieAny type of blender that has enough power to blend frozen fruit and ice can develop a great smoothie. The Magic Bullet Blender is a single serving blender that you can use to make a smoothie directly in a serving cup. To create your smoothie, place one cup of the liquid ingredients, such as milk or water, directly into the blender cup. Add the powdered ingredients, such as protein powder or flaxseed, to the liquid. Top off the drink with approximately one cup of fresh fruit and ice or frozen fruit. If you are adding ingredients such as yogurt or peanut butter, add those to the base of the cup. After the smoothie ingredients are loaded into the Magic Bullet cup, screw on the blender blade, attach the cup to the base, then mix. As you begin to make smoothies on a regular basis, you may alter the amounts of milk, fruit other ingredients that you use to develop your favorite smoothie taste and texture.
Smoothie Recipes for Kids
Hiding healthy ingredients in a smoothie is a good way to add more nutrition to your child’s diet. A chocolate, banana, and peanut butter smoothie is a perfect flavor for many kids who love the taste of a Reece’s cup candy. In the Magic Bullet or blender, place half of a banana, one scoop of peanut butter a pinch of chocolate drink mix, milk and ice. Blend the ingredients until smooth. You can vary the amount of ice to make the drink like a slushy or smoother.
Alter this basic recipe to fit your child’s favorite fruits. Peach and mango blend well with peanut butter if you are out of bananas. Greek yogurt substitutes nicely for peanut butter if you avoid nuts and will still provide a hearty drink. These smoothies are great for a quick morning breakfast or after school snack.