Last week I wasn’t feeling well and thought a smoothie sounded good. I stopped by Smoothie King and paid a hefty price- $5 after tax for a regular smoothie! That’s more than I spend on a Starbucks!
It is easy to make smoothies at home and there are a variety of ways to make them. Basically you need frozen fruit and a liquid.
If I see berries at a rock bottom price I will buy extra to place in the freezer. I also pick berries in the summer and freeze them. If fruit is reaching the end of it’s life, throw it in the freezer. Did you know you can put a banana in it’s peel directly in the freezer? Yep, it’s true!
I use orange juice a lot in my smoothies. Milk, other fruit juice and yogurt can also be used. Vegetable juice is another option. Use whatever you have on hand- be creative.
When Capt. M was a year old he was underweight and anemic. I would make smoothies for him because I could mix in supplements like protein powder or flax seed. Most of the time the yummy fruit will mask the supplements added!
The smoothie pictured above was made with orange juice, YoPlus yogurt, blueberries (frozen from berry picking last summer), strawberries (frozen from sale) and blackberries (frozen from our garden last summer). I would say it cost me about $1 or less to make this smoothie that fed three of us.
The kids loved the smoothie! They think it is ice cream but it is healthier!
Do you make homemade smoothies? What are your favorite ingredients?