Below is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe, but you can switch out the orange juice with milk, soy milk, or yogurt (plain or flavor of choice) and any type of berry or combination of berries go well with the banana; for example 1/2 cup blackberries and 1/2 cup strawberries instead of the 1 cup of raspberries. Want to add extra nutrition? Put in a tablespoon or two of vanilla protein powder while blending.
This recipe is for one serving so plan accordingly if you would like a few smoothies ready to have on hand.
Pour orange juice into a container that holds over eight ounces and where the opening is as wide or wider than the bottom of the container (this makes for easy removal once the fluid has frozen). Freeze for at least four hours (I use either 10 oz. Pyrex ramekins or empty cottage cheese containers).
Once frozen remove fluid from container and place into a re-sealable plastic bag, add raspberries and banana, remove as much air as possible and store in freezer.
When ready to serve simply place contents of the bag into a blender and blend until smooth.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Not only am I saving bundles by creating the masterpieces myself, I get the best smoothies for pennies!
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I need a new blender. Does anyone have some suggestions on one that is inexpensive. The one I have does not crush ice to make smoothies and that is really the only item we make in the blender. I thought about a smoothie machine, but I want a blender to have if we ever make something else.
When our blender quit crushing ice effectively we ordered a replacement blade (made especially for crushing ice) from the manufacture. Cheaper than buying a whole new blender, and helped keep it out of the landfill as well.
Anyone have some good recipes for blending green smoothies?
By Judy from Riverside, CA
I found this amazing blogspot on line it is called Barefeet in the Kitchen. Here is a link to it:
Scroll thru the index till you get to smoothies and she has a bunch of them. I tried her yogurt and frozen fruit of choice and it came out awesome. I also make it with a chilled can of coconut milk, fresh frozen strawberrys and a squish of raw honey and a 1/4 tsp of Pure Vanilla extract (not imitation) This is so darn delish! Wow.
Any time I have berries that are not pretty enough to serve or put on cereal or bananas that are over ripe, I make my own recipes for smoothies. My family loves them and they are soooo good for us on these hot dog days of Summer.
This morning, I put a over ripe banana in the blender with about six ounces of milk, you can also use soy milk, a couple ice cubes, a good size spoon of peanut butter, smooth or crunchie, added a few frozen blueberries which are in season right now in Texas, and so much less expensive than other times of the year.
I turned the blender on and, in less then a minute, had a great breakfast. Experiment and use whatever fruit you have on hand. I really love the peanut butter in there and it gives you some protein which will help you stay content until lunch!
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX