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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Banjo's Fruit Smoothie

I know some of you enjoy fruit smoothies, so we thought you might enjoy this.

I got the basis for this from an Alton Brown show (GoodEats) on Foodtv. I've made a few changes.

I've made some smoothies in the past, but they took a while and were somewhat expensive. However, the Alton Brown approach has made it much easier and less expensive at the same time, and produces a really good smoothie.

We have been making 2 or so a week using our blender primarily for breakfast. We buy frozen fruits in the plastic bags, from Publix - they are the Publix brand. We get Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Cherries. Since they are frozen, we don't have to worry about fresh fruit going bad if we don't use all of it at once; we can just use how much we want and meanwhile keep the frozen bags in the freezer for the next batch.

The night before, I put about 1/2 cup of each into our blender. I then pour in 1.5 cups of fatfree milk, 1 container of fruit yogart (ours are Publix too, and about 5 oz or so), and a banana cut into 1/4s. Most times I also add 1/2 cup of grapes. Put the lid on and place into the refrigerator over night. This will give the fruit time to thaw out before we blend.

This will pretty much fill up our blender. Overnight, once the fruit has thawed, it will slide down further into the blender so there will be more space at the top than when you first put it in.

This will make about 4 servings of 1 cup each. We each drink 1, so that's 2 day's worth. I wouldn't hold it in the refrigerator longer than that as the yogart, fruits and grapes may start to dance on ya.

Next morning we blend until smooth.

Then we pour and party party party till our lips are purple!

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