A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason, this is also an account of what happens when I make this dish, so you’ll understand each step. Of course when you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
A well-crafted smoothie tastes so good you’ll forget it’s good for you! It’s one of my favourite ways to fill a glass with energy, nutrients and flavour. Use it to kick off your day everyday with the goodness of fruit. At heart, it’s just flavoured fruit puree so it’s easy to make. It’s also easy to jazz up with other healthy goodies like flax seed oil, yogurt or berries.
Yogurt, preferably active culture ? alive and kicking!
Frozen blueberries or other frozen berries
Other ripe seasonal fruit, fresh or frozen
Flax seed oil
1. Orange, grapefruit and cranberry are the best juice choices. They’re not as calorie rich as apple juice and tend to be higher in nutrients. Active culture yogurt is full of real live goodness; it’s a much better choice than sugar-laden substitutes. Bananas add reliable body and smoothness and they’re full of nutrients like potassium. Blueberries are packed with anti-oxidant blood scrubbers that are good for you even if you don’t know what an anti-oxidant does. Flax seed oil is loaded with a laundry list of good stuff including a high concentration of the same omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.
2. Orange Banana Berry
3. Berry Blaster
Toss a handful of frozen blueberries into a blender with a handful of frozen strawberries. Pour in enough cranberry juice to almost cover the fruit. Add a large heaping spoonful or two of yogurt, a small spoonful of honey, a splash of flax seed oil and a dribble of vanilla. Puree until smooth.
Feel your body sing!
4. Raspberry Peach
Toss a handful of frozen raspberries into a blender with a handful of peach slices. Pour in enough orange juice to almost submerge the fruit. Add a large heaping spoonful or two of yogurt, a splash of flax seed oil and a dribble of vanilla. Puree until smooth. Mix with champagne for a special brunch treat!