As I’m writing this, I’m realizing just how weird it is that this little drink concoction is called a “smoothie.” It’s kind of funny, right? It seems like it should be called a yogurtshake or blendie.
ANYWAY. I suggest you consider the smoothie. It’s always one of those things that I think is going to be a lot of work, but it’s really not. And you might already have lots of the ingredients on hand anyway! I’ve been featuring the smoothie lately as part of my post-workout or mid-hangover routine. It’s quite effective.
There are three things that pull together nearly every smoothie: orange juice, vanilla yogurt, and half a banana.
Three thoughts: 1. Pulpy orange juice would be wonderful in a smoothie since I don’t really LIKE pulp, generally, but that is forgiven because I’m also drinking other little fruit bits. 2. Put in more than half a banana and no matter what else is in the blender, you will be drinking a banana smoothie. They get a little full of themselves and overpower other fruits. 3. I don’t think Greek yogurt tastes good in a smoothie, but maybe you do, so go for it!
My favorite smoothie only has one other ingredient to the three above: strawberries. Preferably fresh, but frozen are a perfectly adequate and often less-expensive option. Other options include pineapple, mango, berry medley, peaches, pears, etc. The list goes on. I think you could probably put literally anything into a smoothie and it would taste delicious.
I feel kind of silly for giving a recipe here, since I don’t really follow one, but I guess I do about 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup orange juice, 1/2 banana, and 3/4 cup fruit. This makes 2 medium smoothies.
Use whatever feature on your blender will get you the best results.
I simply must drink smoothies through a straw to enjoy them fully.
If you’re into this kind of thing, you could also add protein powder. One thing I will say: I tried the pre-made frozen smoothie things that Welch’s and Yoplait are selling, and they are kind of gross. The smoothie you can make yourself will taste on par with if not better than any Robek’s or Red Mango smoothie any day.
Anyone with me in changing the name to blendies? Eh? No?
What is your favorite recipe? Any tricks to share?