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.)