Some of you may have seen my recent Facebook update regarding smoothies:
That was slightly inaccurate – if I’d been speaking I’d say I misspoke, but as it is I guess I misFacebooked. I had a few smoothies while we were on holiday, and they were a real eye opener, but I’d never made one myself. As I later explained, I’d always thought smoothies were a fad, something that involved a lot of cleanup (I have a hangup about blender cleaning, for some reason) and basically not worth the hassle. ‘I like fruit,’ I thought, ‘but it’s just, you know, fruit.’
Newsflash: fruit is awesome. There are so many kinds! Me from the past was making a lot of assumptions about smoothies.
So, when we came back, I decided I’d give it a shot and make my own smoothie. The weather has been so beautiful, sunny and hot, and an ice cold, fruity beverage is just the ticket for days like these. I bought up a load of fruit and went forth with no plan beyond ‘I’m going to put this fruit in the blender’. You don’t really *need* a plan beyond that, which is part of the beauty of the smoothie.
It’s a little pointless in giving you my recipe, but I’ll approximate it anyway to give you an idea of what was in the drink in the picture. Choose your own favourites, and play with extras to add in.
- half a mango
- one banana
- four or five frozen strawberries
- one or two little pots of pouring yogurt
- handful of blueberries
I use Actimel yogurt – I have one of those in the mornings for breakfast, and this seemed like a good way to make a change from just chugging it out of the little plastic bottle. I think the banana gives the drink most of its body, and creamy texture, both of which are a big part of the appeal for me, but if you hate bananas (and heaven knows, some people do) go ahead and leave it out, and try whatever you fancy instead. I know people also add ginger for a real eye-opener of a drink, and if you want to take a step away from pure, sweet indulgence you can go wholesome with carrot juice, beetroot puree and, allegedly, spinach.
It’s best if the ingredients are all cold when they go in, but not crucial – especially if you’re using frozen strawberries, because they’ll bring the temperature right down. I’m a fan of my smoothies having a touch of the Slush Puppy about them, in texture if not in improbable neon colours, so sometimes I’ve been throwing in a handful of ice, too. My blender doesn’t love it, but churns through it all eventually, and you end up with tiny ice crystals through your drink which I find enormously pleasing. If you have a sturdy blender with ice capabilities, definitely toss some ice in while you’re making your next smoothie.