Smoothie basics

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by Linda Davis

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:47 PM

Linda Davis -- Smoothie basics

Smoothie basics - Summertime and smoothies go great together! Fresh fruits are everywhere waiting to be blended into a delightful drink.

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Summertime and smoothies go great together! Fresh fruits are everywhere waiting to be blended into a delightful drink.

My son has always loved smoothies of all sorts. But, I confess, I always used some sort of pre-mix base - never knowing how to make one from scratch.

Now all that's changed because I learned the secret to the basic smoothie recipe that has endless possibilities. Here's what I learned.

A smoothie consists of basically 3 parts - fruit or the flavorings, a thickener and a bit of liquid. When blended together you get a drink that is as healthy as what you put in it.

Basic Smoothie Recipe

For each 8 ounce Serving 1/2-cup plain or vanilla flavored yogurt (or ice, or sherbet, or soy yogurt) 1/4-cup liquid (skim milk, soy milk, water, juice or sparkling water) 1/4 - 1/2 cup of fruit and flavorings

Blend it all together with a blender until as smooth as you like and enjoy! Now the fun. Here are some combinations that are as delicious as they are different. Try these ingredients added to the basics of yogurt or thickener and your choice of liquid.

Green and Groovy Honeydew Melon Kiwi Green Grapes

Kids' PB Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Syrup

Dreamsicle Orange Sherbet Tangerines or Mandarin Oranges Top with: Whipped Cream Vanilla Wafers

Mango Madness Mango Lime Juice with a little water

This one is great to substitute crushed ice for the dairy thickener and add rum for a great summer cocktail.

Bittersweet Cherry Cherries Dark Chocolate

Superhero Summer Slush Banana Papaya Honeydew Grapes Orange Juice

So, just keep in mind - whatever fruits or flavors you like, something that thickens it like yogurt, sherbet or even ice and about 1/4 cup of liquid like milk, water, juice, etc. Works like a charm! And, the best part is, this is just the start. Imagine what concoctions you'll come up with. Plus, it's a great way to sneak fruits into your child's day.

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