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