How to Make Smoothies and Shakes


Tips, tools, and recipes to make wonderful smoothies.

Smoothies are often made with ice cubes and frozen juice. We prefer frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream. Adding ice cream makes them more like a shake.  They’re still good for you, loaded up with fresh or frozen fruit. And they are so refreshing.

 

What You’ll Need

Tips for Great Smoothies

  • Chill the blender container before beginning so that the warmer container does not melt the ice cream.
  • Chill the glasses.
  • Judge the ratio of strawberries to ice cream by the color of the shake. Add more strawberries if the shake needs more color. The shake should be an attractive pink color.
  • Use only the best berries.
  • A scoop or two will do you. Don’t add too much frozen yogurt or ice cream. Make it just a bit rich, not an ice cream shake.
  • Frozen fruits are best. Without frozen fruit, you will be tempted to add too much frozen yogurt or ice.
  • Keep it simple. Too many flavors are confusing to the palate. The very best smoothies have only three or four flavors.
  • If it’s ripe, freeze it. Frozen bananas, strawberries and peaches, make great smoothies.

Banana Peach Smoothie

3 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (frozen peach slices may be substituted)
1 large ripe banana
10 ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 scoop low fat ice cream

Mix all ingredients in a blender.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This is a quick, easy, three-ingredient smoothie. It is low-fat and refreshing. 

Ingredients

1 ripe banana
8 to 12 ice cubes
3 or 4 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, to taste

Directions

Mix ingredients in a food blender.

Tropical Island Smoothie

Add coconut milk to this smoothie if you have some.

1 large mango, diced
1 large ripe banana
10 ice cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
1 scoop low fat ice cream

Mix all ingredients in a blender.

Pink Strawberry Pajamas Smoothie

2 large bananas
10 large strawberries, frozen
1 cup coconut milk
2 large scoops vanilla frozen yogurt

Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add milk or ice for the right consistency, if required.

Sunshine Smoothie

1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 ripe banana
2 to 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine these ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Makes two servings. Double the recipe for four servings.

The Best Strawberry Shake: What could be better than a tall strawberry shake? You’ll find that you can deliver a better shake than the local car hop. This one is loaded with fresh berries, premium ice cream, and topped with whipped cream.

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