In light of the fact that it is Strawberry Season here in Tennessee, and thanks to Jan’s excellent coverage of all the Strawberry Festivals and U-pick ‘Em places in the state, I am resurrecting this “post from the past”…
After picking strawberries last spring, we became addicted to strawberry fruit smoothies!
They’re extremely easy to make. And somewhat healthy too.
Here’s how to make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie…
How To Do It
All you need for one (1) Smoothie is:
- 1-1/2 Bananas
- 6-7 Strawberries
- 1/2 an orange (or a splash of orange juice instead)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar (or honey)
- Ice cubes
- A blender (See the blender we chose.)
Place the 1/2 Orange (peel removed & split into sections) into the bottom of the blender first. Break the Banana(s) into chunks and add next. Then add the Strawberries (rinsed and cored). Finally, add the Sugar (or Honey). Sometimes we add both types of sweetener for a completely different flavor, believe it or not!
Blend briefly – just enough to get it down to a liquid form. Then add 1 cup of Ice chunks, and crush them in the Blender longer than you’d think… to make it less “icy” and more “smoothie”.
Bonus Smoothie Making Tips:
- You get the best results using crushed ice (from your icemaker, for example) rather than whole ice cubes in the blender.
- For variety, we sometimes leave out the Orange and use 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract instead.
- If bananas have gone bad before you had a chance to use then, just peel ’em and toss ’em into a plastic bag and store in the freezer. Do the same whenever you have too many fresh Strawberries (or other fruit) on hand. Sometimes I pre-package just the right amount of Banana pieces and Strawberries in individual freezer bags. Then, I just grab a bag whenever I’m in the mood for a smoothie!
- You can also whip up a smoothie batch, then pour it into plastic molds, ice cube trays, or paper cups and freeze. Then snack on those whenever you crave something sweet, or need snack to go.
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