Being pregnant, I have been advised to drink more milk, something I don’t really like to do. Since I am wanting to eat a lot of fruit anyway, I have found that smoothies are a good way to sneak more milk into my diet. In case you haven’t encountered one of the thousands of smoothie shops that have popped up everywhere, a smoothie is a drink blended from fruit, milk and/or juice, and other ingredients. It’s like a milkshake, but without the ice cream.
Supposedly, smoothies are very healthy, but I suspect that the ones you order in the smoothie shops are loaded with calories and sugar. But all too often the smoothies I made at home didn’t have a lot of flavor or were watery with pureed fruit floating in it — not too appetizing. I’ve been playing with the ingredients, and I’ve finally come up with a healthy, make-at-home smoothie recipe that reminds me, at least, of a genuine milkshake.
Yields: 1 serving
- ½ cup milk or orange juice
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup berries or soft fruit, fresh or frozen
- 1 banana (optional)
- 1 tsp. or more honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Add all ingredients to the blender. Puree well and enjoy.
The yogurt makes the smoothie creamy and helps the puree hold together. I prefer to use frozen fruit because it chills the smoothie and gives it more of an ice cream consistency. Also, it’s easier for me to keep bags of organic frozen fruit on hand for whenever I want a smoothie. I like mixed berries, strawberries and peaches, but the choice is up to you. As long as it will blend, it can go in! I also like to add a banana to help thicken the smoothie, but it isn’t necessary. The vanilla and honey add a touch of sweetness and punch up the flavor. You don’t really need too much honey to achieve a satisfying sweetness, just enough to augment the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Of course, you may want to experiment with throwing in other ingredients. I saw some intriguing green smoothie recipes over at A Veggie Venture that gave me some ideas for how to get even more healthy stuff into my smoothie.