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Summer is for Smoothies

fruit smoothieWe grow some fruit (raspberries, hardy kiwis, and blueberries), but we mostly buy it at a local orchard. This past week, we had a glut of gorgeous fruit, and we needed a way to use it up.

I suggested smoothies, since they are a great way to use up a lot of different things without adding a lot of sugar. And they remind me of dessert, which is always a plus.

For a great smoothie, mix any combination of the ingredients listed below with a scoop or two of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or ice cubes in your blender. Whirl it around just until it's well blended.

  • If your smoothie is too thick, you can add a little water, apple juice, or milk.
  • If your smoothie is too thin, add extra ice cream, frozen yogurt, or ice cubes.
  • If your smoothie is too tart, add a little fruit juice or honey.

fruit smoothie ingredientsMy Top Ten Smoothie Ingredients

  1. Bananas
  2. Red raspberries
  3. Black raspberries
  4. Blueberries
  5. Strawberries
  6. Watermelon
  7. Mango
  8. Peaches
  9. Smooth peanut butter – just one or two tablespoons
  10. Orange or grapefruit juice

My Favorite Combos

  • Red & black raspberries and blueberries
  • It's cliche, but Grace loves strawberry banana.
  • Watermelon, blueberries, and banana
  • Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • Peach mango
  • Peanut butter and cherries or peanut butter and raspberries
  • Banana and orange or grapefruit juice

What are your favorite smoothie combos?

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8 thoughts on “Summer is for Smoothies”

  1. Hi! I'm stopping by from Top Ten Tuesday! I've never tried a watermelon smoothie but I have watermelon waiting in my fridge right now! My fave combo is pb/banana/chocolate or strawberry banana!

  2. Awww mango. 🙁 I love them, but they don't love me. One of my favorite smoothies I used to get at the gym was a Banana/Pecan smoothie with a little vanilla flavored protein. Tasted like banana nut muffins..yum.

  3. I am a big fan of Peach, Mango and Strawberry smoothies.

    We freeze fresh fruit in the summer and use purchased frozen fruit in the winter. Using the frozen fruit means no need to use ice cubes – keeps it from being watered down and gives more fruit punch. We use yogurt or ice cream (not as healthy, but sure is yummy) or just milk or juice to make our smoothies.

  4. Another consideration when choosing your smoothie blender is that it should have a sturdy base and a tight lid. Because these appliances run at great speeds, make sure that they don’t go spinning all over your counter even when you’re not holding them down. Also, the lid should not go popping about. These are important considerations especially when you have kids around who make smoothies with you. Even if they are a bit more expensive, choose a blender with a wide sturdy base to assure that no accidents happen during smoothie-preparation times.

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