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Mix & Match Fruit Smoothies

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Because all of my girls have dealt with dairy intolerances when they were infants and toddlers, I’ve never made yogurt/milk smoothies. Instead, I make pure fruit smoothies — usually with whatever fruit combinations I have on hand. Here’s the Ehman Family Guide to Smoothies:

1. Start with a green. Spinach and kale are our favorites, although kale definitely has a stronger taste to match its extra calcium.

2. Add bananas. I regularly peel and freeze 4-5 bananas in bunches specifically for smoothies because they make a great base in lieu of dairy or milk.

3. Choose another fruit for your smoothie, which will most likely be the dominant flavor. Berries — either individually or mixed — make a great addition. Pineapple is another one of our favorites. If your bananas are frozen, you don’t necessarily need frozen fruit; fresh fruit works just as well.

4. Add some orange juice or a large spoonful of frozen orange juice concentrate. We don’t drink a lot of juice, so I keep frozen OJ concentrate in the freezer just for our smoothies. Because you’re going to add a fair amount of liquid in order to blend all of the fruits/veggies together, you need the OJ to keep it from tasting watered down.

5. Pour a generous amount of water into the blender. It should submerge at least half your fruits/veggies to start, and you may need to add more as you blend.

6. For an extra boost, add a generous tablespoon of freshly ground flax seeds, a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil (more with pineapple for a delicious pina colada flavor), wheat germ, nuts & seeds. We mostly stick with flax seeds and coconut oil, but I’d imagine the options are pretty endless here!

Blend until smooth, adding more water as necessary. Serve thicker smoothies in a bowl with a spoon or add water until it’s thin enough to drink through a straw. Pour extra smoothie into a popsicle mold for a healthy summer treat!

What is your favorite smoothie combination?


 
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  • This looks simple to do yet very Healthy looking. I think I’m going to try this later today. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Linda G. Dickinson October 31, 2017 AT 6:44 pm
     
  • I’m a little late in this conversation, but I do want to correct the misperception that you need a Vitamix to crush ice. We have a Krups Xtreme Power blender, about 10 years old, and it crushes ice very well. I don’t remember what we paid, but I’m sure much less than a Vitamix.

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    Peggy Baldwin July 14, 2012 AT 6:06 pm
     
  • I LOVE smoothies! I have a vitamix and LOVE it! A regular cheapo blender won’t grind ice up fine like a vitamix will. I could only afford it because it was used and it has lasted over 10 years for me with lots of use and I bought it already old!

    My favorite way to make a smoothy with out milk is 1 cup froz berries, 1 1/2 cups juice (watered down) or tazo brand passion tea sweetened with stevia and cooled with 1/2 to one whole frozen banana. I add flax or greens or macha depending on what I have and if I am using dairy I add 1/2 cup or so plain yogurt. YUMMY My kids sometimes choose this over ice cream for a treat! Kristy from http://www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com my crafty healthy blog.

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    Kristy Neeley June 4, 2011 AT 9:34 pm
     
  • Do you use a particular blender? I’ve seen the Vitamix blender and wondered about it with the EXTREMELY steep price tag.

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    PatriciaD June 4, 2011 AT 4:30 pm
     
    • We frequently make green smoothies and we only have an Oster brand blender that we paid about $40 for. We have also made protein shakes and other types of blended smoothies and personally, I think it works just fine!

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      Meagan June 9, 2011 AT 9:25 am
       


 

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