Smoothies and Icees from summer 2010

It’s hot here in Houston, and nothing cools us off like a good smoothie in the afternoon!  We’ve been trying out quite a few combos, and here are some of my rules of thumb:

Smoothies are thicker and creamier than icees.   Smoothies have a thickener (yogurt, milk, banana), a sweet fruit (apple, applesauce, pear, juice, etc) and a primary flavor (berries, chocolate, peanut butter.)  You can always add raw spinach to a dark purple berry smoothie, or pureed carrot to an orange or red smoothie. 

high cal fave:  peanut butter, protein powder, milk, frozen  bananas, honey

high antioxidant:  frozen mixed berries, banana, pomegranate juice, yogurt, spinach

super-easy:  frozen strawberries, milk, banana

As for icees, these are uber-refreshing on a hot afternoon when you want something cold and sweet, but not the calories!

Berry Brainfreeze:  black grapes, frozen mixed berries, pomegranate juice, spinach

Oddly refreshing:  zest and juice from 2 lemons, 1 sprig fresh basil, 2 cups water, 3 cups ice, dash salt, and 1/4 cup sugar

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2 thoughts on “Smoothies and Icees from summer 2010

  1. You’ll have to tell me what kind of spinach you use (frozen or fresh) b/c I’ve been thinking about adding smoothies to the girls diet since our last e-mail exchange. Esp. as summer berries are going to start going up in price and I’ll want to start getting frozen soon.

  2. I prefer fresh spinach, but I’ll use frozen spinach in a pinch. The baby spinach works best I’ve found.

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