How to Make Smoothies

Don't spend another dime of your hard-earned cash at expensive fruit smoothie shops -- you can whip up your own smoothies at home in a standard blender, using fresh or frozen fruits and juices. Once you know the basics for how to make smoothies (the secret is all in the fruit-to-liquid ratio), you can easily adapt the recipe to include your favorite fruit, the season's best picks or whatever you have on hand. Homemade smoothies are often more nutritious than the kind you buy at a shop because you have control of the ingredients and can skip the added sugar that some places add. This recipe for pick-your-fruit smoothie starts with a simple recipe for a strawberry smoothie, then offers variations for kiwi and melon smoothies.
-Hi, it's Miranda with recipe.com and today I'm gonna show you how to make Pick Your Fruit Smoothies. You can save a lot of calories and money by blending your fruit smoothies like this at home. So, let's get started on this delicious strawberry version. So, you're gonna start with 2 cups of chilled strawberry juice or strawberry drink blend then also 2 cups of strawberries. You can use either fresh or frozen. I have fresh here. When it's summertime, definitely take advantage of the fresh produce. 1 8-ounce carton of plain yogurt, then we have 2 to 5 tablespoons of honey or sugar. I've used just 2 tablespoons of honey here. I find there is plenty of sweetness in the fruit itself, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. And then if you wanna make this a little bit thicker, you can add in some ice cubes; I have about 12 here, so super simple. All we're going to do is just pour our ingredients into this blender over here and just mix them an enjoy. That's what so great and simple about the smoothie and this has one has such gorgeous color. It's beautiful, beautiful red and then add in the yogurt. Now, this serves as a great baste and you could switch it up. If you wanted something different, you could for example swap out the strawberry juice orange juice, and instead of using strawberries, you could use 2 cups of like cubed cantaloupe and have like a little yummy smoothie. They all sort of things that you can do to mix it up because once you have the basic stem, you can just be at home's smoothie mater, okay. Everything is in there. So, let's just give it a whirl. Perfect, you've still wanna have a little bit of strawberry in there. This looks great. So, now all you need to do, how pretty and pink this is. You can also toss this in little popsicle moulds to make like little, you know, frozen yogurt strawberry popsicles that should be delicious. Look how gorgeous this pink is, delicious refreshing and you made it. That's how you make pick your fruit smoothies.

What You'll Need

  • 2   cups strawberry-flavored juice blend or strawberry drink, chilled

  • 2   cups fresh or frozen, unsweetened strawberries

  • 1  8  ounce carton plain yogurt

  • 2 - 4   tablespoons sugar or honey

  • 1/2  teaspoon vanilla

  •  Toasted wheat germ with brown sugar and honey (optional)


Step By Step

1
In a blender container combine strawberry juice blend, strawberries, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Cover and blend until nearly smooth (there should be small chunks of strawberry still visible).
2
Divide among 4 glasses. Sprinkle with wheat germ, if desired. Makes 4 servings.


Variation
  • Melon Smoothie: Substitute orange or orange-tangerine juice for the strawberry juice blend and 1 cup cubed cantaloupe for the strawberries.
Variation
  • Kiwi Smoothie: Substitute a kiwifruit juice blend for the strawberry juice blend and 1 cup peeled cut-up kiwifruit for the strawberries.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 142, Fat, total (g) 1, chol. (mg) 3, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 30, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 3, vit. C (mg) 43, sodium (mg) 53, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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