Fruit Smoothies require a blender. My kids like them for breakfast, but they’re also good for snacks. If you have protein powder in the house, then feel free to add a scoop to give them a protein boost.
Smoothies are good for using up leftover canned fruit, or fresh fruit that is getting overly ripe. If you have juice leftover from canned fruit, use it as part of the liquid called for in the recipe. This is a good way to get more fruit into reluctant children.
2 cups liquid (soymilk, fruit juice, liquid from canned fruit, etc.) in any combination
1 cup fruit– fresh, frozen or canned
1 tablespoon honey or sugar, if desired
4 to 6 ice cubes
Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Leftover smoothy may be frozen in Popsicle molds for a nutritious and refreshing warm weather pleaser.
Following this paragraph are a few variations you might enjoy. Don’t feel like these are set in stone though. Use your own imagination and creativity to come up with some unique ideas all your own.
Use 2-cups of orange juice for the liquid and 2 bananas for the fruit. If desired add a few drops of vanilla flavoring. Add ice cubes, process and serve.
Use 2-cups of apple juice for the liquid. Add 1 banana and 1/2 cup applesauce. Add the ice and a dash of cinnamon. Process and serve. If desired, you can replace the applesauce with 1 cored apple. You can leave on the peel for extra fiber, but do make certain you remove the core.
Use 2-cups of orange juice for the liquid. Add 1-cup of crushed pineapple and the ice cubes. Process and serve.
Peaches & Cream
Use 2-cups vanilla soymilk for the liquid. Add 1-cup of canned peaches with the juice. Add the ice cubes. Process until smooth and serve. If you only have plain soymilk then you may want to add a few drops of vanilla flavoring and a spoonful of honey or sugar.
Strawberries & Cream
Prepare as for Peaches and Cream above, but replace peaches with fresh or frozen strawberries.
Use 2-cups vanilla soymilk for the liquid. Add an undrained can of mandarin orange to the blender. Add the ice cubes. Process until smooth. If desired you may replace the canned oranges with 1 large fresh orange or 2 small ones. Be sure to peel the oranges and pick out the seeds before adding them to the blender. If you use plain soymilk then add a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoonful of honey or sugar.
Combine 1-1/2 cups vanilla soymilk, an undrained 15-ounce can of pears and 2 to 3 tablespoon lime juice in a blender. If you only have plain soymilk then add 1 tablespoon of honey or sugar and a few drops of vanilla flavoring. Add the ice. Process until smooth and serve.
Tutti Fruity Smoothy
Combine 1-1/2 cups vanilla soymilk, an undrained 15-ounce can of mixed fruit and 1-tablespoon lemon juice in a blender. Add ice and process until smooth. If you use plain soymilk add a few drops of vanilla a spoonful of honey or sugar.