Posts Tagged ‘Smoothie’

Smoothie Fest

In Cooking, Uncategorized on May 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I have been avoiding my kitchen like the plague.  Moving and packing stinks. Packing dishes, pots, pans and etc stinks 2x. So I have been living on random food from my pantry, Hill Country BBQ and gas station fair. While avoiding this area of my house I have still been drinking smoothies. What? It’s a good ten minutes. In – out and I live to avoid that room for another day.  Plus these sweet chilly concoctions are a great way to start a hot summer’s day.

 Whole Living Smoothies titles are linked to recipes

Mango – Coconut Water 

I used some frozen mango and pineapple. I can actually consume coconut water this way!! Otherwise I find it vile, which is sad considering it’s health benefits.

Blueberry and Green Tea 

This was my favorite of the three. Like blueberry sorbet. Very fresh and bright.

Chamomile-Banana This one was more like a milkshake. Very tasty and the banana went well with the tea. Next time I am going to try the addition of ginger.

Less than one week till the moving day!! Pretty soon I am going to have to face more than the blender in the kitchen… Here’s hoping the beginning of your summer is bright and filled with fruit!


Leftover Fruit Smoothie

In Cooking, Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I know. I know. That doesn’t sound appetizing, but I am working with the abundance of leftover fruit from my company this weekend.  It includes: watermelon, blueberries and bananas.  If you can think of a clever smoothie name that describes these things then – touché! I can not. It’s a smoothie, there is leftover fruit. It’s purpley. Promise it’s tasty. The End.


1/2 large banana, frozen
1/3 cup blueberries, frozen
1 cup watermelon, chopped
1/4 cup pineapple juice, chilled 
1/4 cup ice

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour in a glass. Ta Da beautiful, delicious and nutritious breakfast, or snack… or whatever.

I love that this is an all fruit smoothie (i.e. no dairy or added sugars). It tasted like something from Smoothie King (a smoothie company I adore.) It was a beautiful, naturally sweet and refreshing breakfast.  I have never made a smoothie with watermelon before, but to be honest that flavor did not stand out.  Tomorrow I may try something focusing more on that fruit alone… especially since I have A LOT of it. Watermelon and ginger, or green tea, or ??? should prove interesting.

P.S. I like drinking my breakfast. Is that weird?

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

In Cooking, Uncategorized on January 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

This is a great breakfast or dessert treat and is the perfect use for an overripe banana (We had just such a banana – hence this post!!).  It does require some advance prep, since the banana needs to be frozen before processing, but is well worth it.  The smoothie is a good source of calcium and potassium.  I took it to the next level by using Greek yogurt, because it is such a great source of protein and since it is a thicker yogurt I did not use a full cup. I also substituted out the graham crackers, as I did not have any on hand.  Both variations make for a yummy treat.

Banana Pie Smoothie Cooking Light

1 large very ripe banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup of vanilla low-fat yogurt
– (substituted 5.3 ounce greek yogurt with honey for protein)
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs, about 1/2 sheet
– (substituted a coconut biscotti)
1 Tbsp nonfat dry milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup ice cubes
graham cracker crumbs, topping

Directions: Arrange sliced banana in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about an hour).  Once frozen, combine all the ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.  Sprinkle each serving with remaining graham cracker crumbs (or biscotti…); serve immediately.  Makes 2 servings.  *note if you use greek yogurt, like we did for protein, add a Tbsp of Agave or other sweetener to balance the tartness of this yogurt. (Cooking Light recipe: 216 cal; 2.8g fat; 39g carbs; and 9.8 prot) (With our substitutions: 253 cal; 1.75g fat; 34g carb; and 15g protein – plus the coconut flavor addition is great 🙂 )