Everyone seems to agree that Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. My favorite way to address the fruit issue is with a smoothie first thing in the morning.
I buy frozen fruit or freeze cut-up leftover fresh fruit before it gets a chance to go bad and store them in pre-measured portions in the freezer so that in the morning all I have to do is place the fruit in a blender with some almond milk, fruit juice or coconut milk and blend. Using frozen fruit means you don’t have to dilute the flavors down with ice cubes to get that ideal smoothie texture and it’s also an easy way to always have nutritious fruit on hand. I’ll never waste fresh fruit again! Once the bananas start to go I peel them and freeze.
Fruit is deliciously sweet on it’s own but sometimes I’ll add a little bit of honey or agave nectar if I’m craving something extra.
The basic ratio that I’ve settled on is 2-2/3 cup of frozen fruit to 2 cups of liquid which makes the perfect amount for two people. You can pretty much substitute any kind of frozen fruit. I really like using vanilla almond milk but other types of milk or fruit juice work just as well while providing different flavors.
Most blenders have measurements on the side so I’ll measure the liquid by pouring it right into the blender and then add my pre-measured frozen fruit. Quick! Easy!
Because fruit comes in all shapes and sizes I find that it’s much more accurate to weigh the amount I want to use. I’ll buy and weigh giant bags of frozen mango, pineapple, blueberries or whatever else is on sale and then portion it out into small ziplock bags (that get re-used when new fruit shows up) for storage in the freezer. I like to have a couple options so I can rotate fruits daily.
These are very flexible recipes so feel free to experiment!
2 cups vanilla almond milk
143g frozen mango
115g frozen pineapple
25g passion fruit puree
Blue Banana Smoothie
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup grape juice
292g frozen blueberries
2 cups lite coconut milk
287g frozen mango
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
1. Combine ingredients in a blender.
All this smoothie-making has made me realize that I hate my blender. Does anyone have suggestions on what the best blender out there is?
Good luck finding perfect straws,
– Kendall makes the smoothies while I make the coffee each morning so I don’t really have much to say except to watch out for seedy fruits, such as raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. If you are “seed sensitive” (a term I made up), then these fruits need to be blended extra well in order to avoid this annoying mouthfeel.