Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are my favorite.  I’ve gone through my daily green smoothie phases, but really it’s the simple fruit combinations that I crave.  Especially in the summer, when the fruit is ripe, and all those blueberries, strawberries, and peaches are packed with their fullest flavor.

Wash, slice, blend, and voilà, you’ve got yourself one of the easiest, and most delicious breakfast/snack/dessert items.

It’s funny though.  So many places seem to mess up this simple idea.  It baffles me how many times I’ve ordered a smoothie out and it’s tasted like anything but the naturally sweet fruit I’m accustomed to.  Instead, the shake contains an overly sweet, artificial flavor and an icy consistency that takes the smooth right out of smoothie.  Besides the fact that I can’t ever seem to get a smoothie out that isn’t filled with unnecessary calories and overly-processed, crap ingredients, I can’t rarely get a smoothie that tastes good enough to gulp down a whole glass.

But whatever, I’ll just put my own blender to use.  And since I’m making the smoothies myself, one thing is for sure.  You’ll never see sugar, powdered fruit, food colorings, or more than a few ice cubes going into that blender.  I don’t want any protein, yerba mate, splenda or other powdery mysteries going in there either.  All of these ingredients are nothing more than a waste of calories, prep. time, and most importantly, flavor!!  All you need for a yummy (and naturally healthy) smoothie is quality fruit.  Simple as that.  Ripe bananas are always a plus too because they lend the natural sweetness needed to make smoothies feel like dessert.  Occasionally I’ll use honey, but generally a ripe banana is all I need.

Below is a loose recipe for the type of smoothie I often make, utilizing one of summer’s star-shining fruits: Blueberries.  You can swap out the fruit depending upon what’s in season, but the general concepts stay the same.  Don’t use too much ice.  In fact, freeze 1/2 the fruit you’ll be using, such as your banana, or just the blueberries/strawberries/etc., ahead of time, and you really won’t need any ice at all.  Make sure the banana is ripe so it can sweeten up the smoothie.  And don’t go overboard on the juice/milk, unless you want a super thin shake.  Other than that, you can pack as much vitamin-filled sweetness into your blender as you want.  Just pick your favorite fruits, and you should end up with a delicious, naturally fat-free smoothie.  Really, it’s that easy.  (You hear that all you crazy, chain-smoothie owners? I want a real smoothie, not a fake.)

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • -1 banana, frozen
  • -1 cup blueberries, or 1/2 cup blueberries + 1/2 cup strawberries
  • -Soy milk or your favorite juice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, starting with just 1/2 cup of juice/milk. Blend, adding more juice/milk, if needed. Serve.
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Pamela
    July 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I use Langer’s concentrate pineapple juice for my liquid in smoothies. (I am allergic to strawberries and citrus, so I use a lot of pineapple). The concentrate comes in a plastic bottle w/ a screw top, and sold with other juice concentrates. I keep it in the fridge so it is in liquid form, I use fresh pineapple but the concentrate makes a good backup.

    Have you seen this Blueberry story? When I watched the video I thought of your site. You may need to google the story, but I think it is worth watching. At least I was not aware to what degree blueberries are faked in foods.

    Blueberries faked in cereals, muffins, bagels and other food products – Food Investigations – Natura
    http://www.naturalnews.tv

    • Reply
      Grace Dickinson
      July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Pineapple sounds like the perfect addition. Pineapple juice is actually one of my favorite fruit juices to enjoy occasionally. Just had some this weekend actually!

      Interesting video. I think the product that surprises me the most is the bagels. It’s crazy those bits that appear to be blueberries really aren’t anything close to the natural fruit at all. I try to stay away from those kinds of products anyways because regardless of whether they contain real fruit or not, they’re usually loaded with sugar. Homemade blueberry pancakes with maple syrup on the other hand…now that’s some sugar I can stand behind!

  • Reply
    colourfulpalatedotcom
    July 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I had this this morning, with protein powder, some superfoods, and the addition of strawberries. Soooo good…and I love your photo!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    July 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Right now is definitely the ideal time to indulge in smoothies non-stop. Gotta get while the gettin’s good!

    Love that this is full of REAL food. You can tell because of that gorgeous color!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    July 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What a stunning photo! I’m ready to jump into the computer and take a big sip…. love the simplicity and healthful quality of the ingredients.

  • Reply
    Tina@GottaRunNow
    July 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I like making my own smoothies and having one waiting for me after I run. Pineapples are very good in smoothies and I just read about adding an orange which I’ve never tried. Your blueberry smoothie looks so good!

  • Reply
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