It’s a blustery-leaf-blowing brisk fall day in SoCal, and for whatever reason I’m in the mood for a good cold smoothy. So sue me.
Recipes for smoothies kind of crack me up. I mean really. REALLY? Throw some stuff you like in a blender and hit puree for heaven’s sake! Sometimes my smoothies come out a bit too thick, so I add more water or juice. Sometimes they are too runny, so I add another banana or just deal with it. Sometimes they are not sweet enough, so I add a tablespoon of honey. If it’s not cold enough I add some ice… I think you get the picture.
But for my friends who prefer to measure and, like, be organized about their smoothies, I recorded what I did today and now I will share it with you. You’re welcome.
Michelle’s Go-To Smoothy
Ingredients: 1 can of fruit (pineapple, pears or peaches) including the juice, 2 bananas, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup yogurt, 2/3 cup raw oats.
Directions: blend and drink.
Tips: Only buy canned fruit in juice. Why in the world did people start putting “heavy syrup” on fruit. Yuck. I seriously think only bad people buy that stuff (OK, I may have overstated my case here but seriously–it’s sweet already!) I also avoid any canned fruit with artificial sweeteners. Yipes man.
If I use plain yogurt I sometimes add I bit of honey to the mix as well. I started adding raw oats to my smoothies years ago and I must say: YUM. The oats are an easy way to bulk up the drink–especially for hungry kiddos and husbands, but you need to let them sit for a couple of minutes to soak up the juice so they break down nice and easy for ‘ya.
Finally, (boy this is a lot of tips!) I do use fresh fruit for smoothies too, but only the ugly, too-soft pieces. The good stuff gets eaten up w/out all this hassle!