I hate failing. Not like anyone really likes to fail, but in the smoothie department I have to admit to being a miserable failure (at least in the eyes of my four children.) No matter what I'd whip up, after one sip my kids seemed to suddenly disappear leaving a melty mess in their wake . Determined to remedy this situation I turned to Cook's Country, one of my favorite recipe resources. With their tips for smoothies I was finally able to create a smoothie my kids loved and mend my broken ego!Here is what helped me.
Splurge a little- Taste testers found non-fat yogurt too gritty. Not surprisingly, this is what I had been using. A simple switch to low-fat worked wonders.
Use Frozen Fruit- If you have fresh fruit, freeze for 2-3 hours.Frozen fruit is frozen at it's peak and often has more flavor than off-season fruit. The frozen fruit adds flavor and body without iciness.
The formula for success-
2 cups frozen fruit
1 1/2 cups low fat yogurt
1/2 cup juice
2 bananas (make sure they are ripe. The green ones will taste unripe even in a smoothie)
2 tablespoons honey
Blend until desired consistency is reached.
I used frozen strawberries, low fat vanilla yogurt and orange juice.
Yield: 3-4 breakfast sized smoothies. Smoothies will not keep so if you need to, halve the recipe.
Posted by: Sallie