If you’ve followed us for a while, you know I scored a wonderful VitaMix blender by getting the last year’s model on sale on amazon.com. I love that blender. While it was still about $250.00, that was far less that the $400 commanded by the new model, so you know, it seemed like a bargain. And since I’ve used it almost every day for three years, I feel I’ve gotten some good use out of it! That thing will crush, pulverize and liquefy just about anything in seconds flat, I tell you. Because of that, we have smoothies pretty much every morning. I’m wondering now with the new year if I should vary our smoothie offerings a bit. I’ve read about oatmeal smoothies and kale smoothies, but I just haven’t committed to making any smoothie menu alterations.
Today, I found this great Smoothie Flowchart on the Eating Rules blog (www.eatingrules.com). I love it because it takes some of the total guess-work out of the process (and guessing is not good for me before coffee). Feeling sweet? Go with fruit and other ingredients. Feeling savory? There are menu ideas for that, too! I printed a copy and will post in on the fridge for quick smoothie making.
Here is our tried and true recipe for awesome, thick fruit smoothies that are really like having ice cream for breakfast without the guilt 🙂 Using frozen fruit definitely works better than using ice cubes–I think they really water a smoothie down. If you are using small berries, use the 3 cups. For frozen strawberries or frozen mango, go with 2 cups. You can play with the proportions to see what you like best!
Mitchell Family Fruit Smoothies (makes 2 smoothies)
- 2-3 cups frozen organic fruit
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 2-3 cups of organic soy milk or almond milk
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until creamy. Add more soy milk if the mixture is too thick for your blender. Scoop into glasses and enjoy!