Ask The Chef
The following question came into The Food Channel:
I got a new, improved blender as a gift and I am experimenting with smoothies for the first time. What kind of things can I put in a smoothie and still have it taste good?
You are going to have fun using up some great leftovers in a new way!
We just threw some leftover (non-dressed) salad into a smoothie this week, as a matter of fact, and are feeling quite healthy with an extra dose of spinach, carrots, avocado, and strawberries in there. We also added an orange, a banana, more strawberries, some orange juice, with a little vanilla as a sweetener.
In order to make it nice and cold, and add some plain old water to our diet, we also put in a cup or two of ice. We’ve made similar smoothies using peach juice instead of orange, cranberry juice, frozen cherries, vanilla yogurt, blackberries—it’s hard to mess it up!
So, you see, you don’t really need a recipe to make a great smoothie. You can feel good about using up bits and pieces of fruit left over from other meals, and just as good about opening a bag of frozen fruit. In fact, the frozen fruit most likely was flash frozen and retains lots of nutrients you may not get if your fresh fruit was picked weeks ago.
Easy additions to keep on hand include a carton of plain or vanilla yogurt and bananas, which seem to go with anything. Keep your sweetener down to just a tablespoon or so, using vanilla, honey, or brown sugar.
If you don’t empty the blender bowl, just save the contents and add a little more the next day, as long as you keep it refrigerated, you can keep the smoothie refreshed until you are ready to change flavors.
Don’t hesitate to throw some greens in, even if you usually avoid salads. In a fruit smoothie, the taste is hidden but the nutrients will still come through.
If you’d like to practice using a recipe, we have quite a few on foodchannel.com (just search for “smoothie” on our homepage) or try one of these recommended links below. Happy blending!
This yogurt breakfast smoothie is packed with some of the most powerful Superfoods on earth. It’s rich in disease-fighting antioxidants which help prevent premature aging and promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
Get into the summer spirit with this festive tangy-sweet cranberry orange smoothie blended cold and frosty with fresh cranberries, orange juice and Greek yogurt.
Are you merry when you eat a berry? If so, then whip up the Very Berry Tofu Smoothie, where you can experience all of their luscious flavors in one sip.
This simple to make fruit “smoothie” uses yogurt as the base instead of milk but has all the flavor you expect from a mango-infused treat. This lassi, traditionally an Indian yogurt-based beverage, uses fresh mango and banana to create the perfect dessert drink.
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