My wife makes a mean smoothie. It’s not fancy, it’s just really good. We drink them all the time here in the shoebox.
There are several variations, depending on what we have on hand, but I wanted to lay out for you the standard, or “signature” blend that is my personal favorite.
We like to use mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries) that are frozen. Now, before any of you purists out there close this browser tab because we said “frozen,” here is the advantage of using frozen fruit: you don’t have to use ice. Fresh fruit is wonderful – don’t get me wrong – but if you use fresh fruit you have to add ice, which waters down the smoothie and gives it more of an icy texture, rather than the thick, milkshake texture that we prefer.
If you use frozen fruit (which is on sale now at Kroger when you use your Plus card!), the smoothie will be nice and cold without needing ice. We use about two cups of berries (slightly more than shown in this overstuffed measuring cup). Dump the frozen berries into your blender.
Now grab two ripe bananas. Peel and cut in half a couple of times. Throw into blender.
Measure out about a half a cup of your favorite yogurt – we use Greek yogurt. Toss the yogurt into your blender.
Looking good! Now you need a liquid.
A lot of smoothies contain milk, but Anne believes that milk dilutes the flavor of a fruit-based smoothie. So she uses apple juice, which she says enhances the fruitiness of the smoothie. I couldn’t agree more. Pour about 1 cup of apple juice into your blender.
Now blend! Thanks to the tradition of wedding presents, we are fortunate to have a groovy blender with a smoothie setting. But if your blender doesn’t have this setting, have no fear! There’s no ice to pulverize in this smoothie, so just pulse the mixture until you get your desired consistency.
Pour into a tall glass . . .
. . . or your favorite SEC team Tervis Tumbler.
Try this smoothie – it’s quick and easy and good to the last drop!
The Shoebox Signature Smoothie (makes about 4 cups, which fills two medium-sized glasses)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups mixed berries, frozen
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup apple juice