Cookin’ Up Summertime Favorites: The Go-To Smoothie and Smoothie Secrets!

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Smoothies are a wonderful way to get your servings of fruit or veggies for the day, and they’re packed with vitamins. I often find myself sneaking some supplements of fiber or protein into my smoothies as well, to further their health benefits. All of my friends and family know I can make some killer smoothies. So I wanted to share with all of you my secrets -and the best part is they are super easy to follow. I also added my ‘Go-To Smoothie’ recipe, this smoothie pleases everyone as its flavors are both sweet and tart.

Smoothie Tips

1. If you’re planning on making a lot of smoothies this summer invest in a good blender. So many cheaper blenders will work for a little while, but you may only get one season out of them. A lower powered blender will also need to blend longer to fully blend up the fruit, this will produce more heat, and essentially melt your smoothie making it runny. When it comes to blenders you really do get what you pay for. I love my Kenmore 900 watt blender that I picked up at Sears. As a rule of thumb, you don’t have to get top of the line, but something around 1 horsepower or about 800 watts will be a great blender that will last years. You can also use your blender for so many things besides drinks, like blending soups, salsas, sauces, or a substitute food processor. For me, a good blender is a staple in the kitchen.

2. Freeze your fruit. Frozen fruit will make a thicker smoothie, and may keep you from watering down the flavor with tons of ice. In fact, I rarely use ice in my smoothies. So I will go buy fresh fruit, rinse, and then freeze it in good ziploc freezer bags. For strawberries, cut the leafy green heads off and if they are huge you may want to cut the strawberries in half before freezing them. Mangoes, peaches, and bananas (you may or may not freeze your bananas) should all be diced into about 1 inch size cubes/slices for freezing. having smaller pieces helps the blender and also helps your measurements when you make your smoothies.

3. Use fresh juice. I know a lot of places use concentrate, and if you want to save some $ you can too. But if you want healthier smoothies, use the good stuff. If you do use concentrate, I suggest not adding as much water as it calls for, you want a richer flavor to your juice for smoothies. And if you really want to invest in your health, and knowing exactly what you’re putting in your mouth, juice your own fruit. Nothing beats fresh squeezed O.J.

4a. If you like creamy smoothies use about 1 cup of frozen yogurt, and try using 4oz of soy milk and 6oz of juice to start your smoothies. I use plain, non-fat frozen yogurt. You can also use plain refrigerated yogurt, but your smoothie will be more runny because it is not frozen.

4b. If you like tart smoothies use more sorbet/sherbet, approx 3/4 cup raspberry, or lime, or lemon sorbet and only 1/4 cup yogurt. Also use all juice for your smoothies. Orange juice, pomegranate juice, and lemonade will make a very tart smoothie with lemonade being the most powerful.

5. Use these ratios for a general medium-thick smoothie. 10 oz of juice (or juice and soy). 4-5 servings of fruit, where a serving is about 1/3 of a cup (use your 1/3 measuring cup as a scoop to measure your fruit). 1 – 1 1/2 cups of one or a combination or frozen yogurt, sorbet, or sherbet (that’s about 4-5 scoops using a small ice cream scoop).

And with that let’s get to an awesome smoothie recipe!

Very Berry Smoothie

The perfect balance of tart, sweet, creamy, and fresh. This is sure to please everyone!

Ingredients

10 oz Orange Juice

2/3 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2/3 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries (whatever you like, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)

1/3 Cup Frozen Banana (or 1/2 fresh banana)

3/4 Cup Plain Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt (if you’re using regular yogurt use 1/2 cup and then 1/2 of sherbet)

1/4 Cup Raspberry Sherbet

Blend all of the ingredients well until the smoothie will spin in the blender for a few seconds with out hitting any chunks of fruit. If the smoothie is too loose for you add some more fruit, if it is too thick and won’t blend, add some more juice. Enjoy!

Tip: to trick your kids into thinking this is a milkshake or if you’re doing some small taster smoothies at a backyard party, put a little light whipped cream on the top of the smoothie. That only adds 1 gram of fat!

Makes about 32oz, perfect for 2 large glasses, or 4 small 8 oz smoothies for kids, or parties.

This post is partying over at:Savvy Southern Style

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  1. Gorgeous smoothies! I always add huge handfuls of spinach to mine too. It doesn’t change the flavor and ups the nutrients. (they don’t look quite as pretty as these though:)

    • Yeah my mom has been making green smoothies with baby spinach lately, she’s going to get a green smoothie recipe up later this week! Yumm!

  2. Yummy!

    Laura

    • Thank you, let me know if you try ‘em out!

  3. OH man, the whipped cream on top is making my mouth water! These are really fantastic tips, guys! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Mandy! The whipped cream really is so good.

  4. We have smoothies regularly at our house. WE always use frozen fruit, and never ice. It’s soo good!:)

    • Yeah that frozen fruit is the trick :)

  5. YUM~

    • Thanks, let me know if you try ‘em out!

  6. I love making smoothies. Always yogurt and frozen fruit. However, I have stopped getting the raspberries and blackberries because of the seeds. They just end up stuck in my straw and choke me. Also, try pineapple juice. The little cans are perfect!

    • I agree with the seed problem, I just tell myself it’s good fiber ;P

      And yeah love using pineapple juice, actual chunks of pineapple don’t blend too well. I also try to find pineapple sherbet, but that’s proving hard to find in the store this year for me…. I like making an orange pina colada of sorts (think Orange Julius Classic… will have to get that recipe up for sure).

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. These look so tasty! I have a bunch of fruit left in the freezer from last summer. This inspires me to get out my blender. I would love it if you would link up to my party at http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/04/tout-it-tuesday-2.html

    • Glad to inspire some yummy smoothie making!… We’ve linked up at your party, thanks for hosting!

  8. Yum! These look fabulous! :)

    • Thanks! Let me know if ya try ‘em!

  9. Thanks for the tips! Looks really yummy!

    • You’re very welcome, let me know if you try them out!

  10. Great smoothie tips!

    • Thanks!

  11. I make a strawberry/blueberry protein fruit smoothie every morning for breakfast…and empty 2 capsule of green tea and a bit of cinnamon to it! :)

    • Sounds good, thanks for sharing!

  12. we do a LOT of smoothies at our house too

  13. Your smoothie looks so cool and refreshing! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. This would be such a nutritious breakfast! Would love you to link the post up at my new link party – Breakfast Ideas Mondays – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/04/breakfast-ideas-mondays-1-new-link-up.html

  15. These look yummy! I’m trying to add more fruits and veges to my diet. This should really help. I’m visiting from FJI.

    Have a lovely week!
    Deobrah

  16. Stopping by from Everyday Mom’s Meals. So nice to have a ratio to work with! I always just played around with it until it looked right, leading to way to much smoothie. I wonder if you could freeze Greek yogurt and use that- lots of protein in it. I’ve also seen a bunch of recipes where they throw in a handful of spinach. Hope you come visit me!

  17. We love smoothies at our house. They are a morning staple, especially in the summer when fruit is more abundant. Thanks for sharing this at Scrumptious Sunday :-)

  18. mmmm, sounds yummy! i love making smoothies, too, and these are some great tips! we’d love for you to link this up to our Sunday Best link party going on right now. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-best-link-party_22.html
    -marie

  19. These smoothies are delicious! Tried them! YUMMY! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Please join us again next week! Thanks! -The Sisters

    • Oh, so glad you liked them and thanks for stopping by!!!

  20. We love smoothies but don’t have the capacity to make that at home. Great tips!

  21. My husband would love this. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us at The Sunday Round Up.
    Rose
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

  22. Hi, just wanted to let you know you’re being featured at What’s New Wednesday. Come by and check it out:)

  23. I love all of your tips and your recipe looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  24. We love smoothies at our house! My grazing boys eat them often for snack and even meals! Great tips :) Thanks for sharing at Dwell on Friday!

    • Awesome! I featured this recipe today! ♥

  25. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. YUMM!!! Thanks for the tips :) I’m so glad I found your blog..Can’t wait to look through the rest of your recipes and follow you on Pinterest <3

    Are you by any chance on Bloglovin?

    • You know we’re not… I’ll have to look into that… Thanks for the tip, hope you continue to follow us!

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