Do you drink smoothies? I love them. But I’m not talking about some of those “smoothies” that don’t have a drop of healthy in them… you know, those ones loaded with ice cream, or “smoothie mixes”, or fruit juice? That’s quite fine if you’re looking for a sweet shake, but let’s get real here. A smoothie is supposed to be nourishing and refreshing. It’s supposed to make you feel good about yourself, because you’re putting good food into your body.
So often, people seem to think that you can’t keep a smoothie simple and still make it tasty. You can! The star of a smoothie should be the fruit – the real, whole, (fresh, if you can help it!) fruit. Besides that, all you need to make a tasty smoothie is some milk to cream it up a bit, and ice to make it all cold and thick. That’s why I’ve decided to share some of my smoothie creations; to show others that a good smoothie can truly be simple and healthy.
The great thing about smoothies is that the possibilities are endless, and constantly changing as different fruits come in season. Right now, I’m seeing tons of big, juicy, red strawberries being sold by local farmers. Tangy, bright yellow mangoes are also abound, as are soft, delicate raspberries. Together, with a few reliable fruits like the orange, lime, and banana, you get quite the healthy and refreshing smoothie.Print
Berries and Mango Smoothie
A cool, thick, and healthy smoothie made just as nature intended: with plenty of fruit, milk, and ice. That’s it!
- Yield: 4 smoothies, 16 ounces each 1x
- 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 4 small or 2 large strawberries, hulled
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 navel orange, peeled
- 1 meyer lime, peeled
- 4 small or 2–3 large ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 28 large ice cubes
- 4 strawberries, for garnish (optional)
- 1. Combine all fruits in a large blender. Add milk and top with ice cubes.
- 2. Blend until smooth. Serve smoothie in large glasses, garnished with strawberries, if desired.
Smoothies are pretty versatile: when it comes to the size of the fruit you use or the amount, a little bit of variation is fine. For milk, I use 2%, but any type of milk should work.
Take 5 minutes, whip up a smoothie, and smile knowing you’ve nourished a body or two with a healthy, filling treat!
Plus, keep visiting Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker for tasty smoothies using the newest “in-season” fruits. :)