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Smooooothies for Summer – for Kids and Adults

June 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Strawberry smoothie /photo by Scrumdilly-do!

My little buddy Kody, 4-1/2, came to visit the other day and we made smoothies – his first experience with these – or so he says. He pronounces smoothie with a strong oo sound – so smuuuthie is what he calls these. Once I explained they were like a milkshake, only fruitier, he was anxious to try one.

Let the kids do it

He loved making them – he likes to cook with me because I let him do anything within reason. If you supervise kids carefully and anticipate their curiosity and quick actions around the stove and mixers, you’ll find they can do it all. Teaching them early what happens when you play with knives and fire in the wrong ways is a smart way to avoid accidents later.

Adults: Make sure kids remember the rules: Put the lid on the blender before turning it on; make sure the cord is well behind the blender so they can’t accidentally catch it and bring it all crashing down, and rinse out the container once you’ve finished up.

Chill out

Add ice unless you’re throwing in some sorbet or ice cream or using frozen fruits. (This time of year, freeze fresh fruits and use them this way or just eat them frozen. Grapes, blueberries, etc – just freeze them on cookie sheets till hard, then bag them up.)

Remember to add the ice through the hole in the lid after the motor is running, and use small cubes or cracked ice so you don’t burn up your blender.

I like to use the Greek style yogurts out there, but recently bought Nancy’s Non-fat Yogurt, made from Springfield Dairy in Eugene, Ore. It’s all natural and made with dairy products free of hormones and additives. It’s fully cultured, tangy, thick and good – and relatively cheap at Publix GreenWise stores.

Also, the reason I like Haagen-Dazs frozen yogurt, ice creams and sorbets is because they have a noteworthy program called helpthehoneybees.com – it’s a program they initiated to help the plight of the honeybee – it’s a great lesson-project for kids, too.

Smoothie recipes

Here are a bunch of easy recipes – for any age group. These areĀ  “throw it in and see it if works,” so the measurements are just suggestions. So are the ingredients. Kody doesn’t like blueberries – so feel free to sub out any fruits and berries for others; use any nut butters you have on hand; use buttermilk, soy or goat milk, yogurt interchangably,…

For most of these, you’ll need a spoon, a spatula (for swiping down the sides of the blender), and a blender with a lid, preferably one with a removable cap in the lid. A tall glass and a straw are good for serving.

Adults only

To make these drinks for a pool party for adults, add a tablespoon or more of liqueur such as Frangelica, Framboise, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or a fruit schnapps.

Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup Greek style plain yogurt (or lemon or any fruit)
  • drizzle of honey, optional
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all ingredients in the blender except for ice, blend on high and add ice through the hole in the lid with motor running. (If you freeze the bananas or berries, you won’t have to use ice.)

Makes 1 smoothie.

Peachy raspberry smoothie

  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches or mangoes
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, or 1/2 cup Haagen-Dazs raspberry sorbet
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, optional
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all ingredients in the blender except for ice; blend on high and add ice through the hole in the lid.

Makes 1 large or 2 medium smoothies.

Pineapple-coconut smoothie

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Haagen-Dazs pineapple-coconut ice cream
  • sprinkle of toasted coconut for top

Put all ingredients in the blender except for ice; blend on high and add ice through the hole in the lid.

Nut-butter espresso smoothie

  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond or cashew butter
  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 shot espresso or extra strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon agave sugar or 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all ingredients in the blender except for ice; blend on high. With motor running, add ice through the hole in the lid.

Makes 1 smoothie.

Elvis Smoothie: Skip the espresso and add half a banana.

Melon-mint yogurt smoothie

  • 1 cup honeydew or cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup ice

Blend all ingredients except ice; with motor running, add ice through hole in top.

Makes 2 smoothies.

Note: Various nut butters, and agave sweeteners and other natural ingredients including fruits and all types of yogurts and milks can be found at Whole Foods Market and Publix GreenWise stores. Liqueur selections can be found at Crown Wine shops.

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