Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Simple Fruit Smoothies

I've learned something in the past few days (or should I say re-learned, as I suffered through this once before).  Eating the first few days after you get braces is pretty darn challenging. My teeth were "put in jail" on Thursday of last week, and ever since I've had a hard time eating anything that involves chewing. My teeth are so unbelievably sore! Luckily, I've had a pretty fun time trying to come up with new soft foods to try. This one is pretty obvious, but it's my favorite because you get a double whammy: not only do you not have to chew, but the coldness from the frozen fruit numbs the pain a little. So if you're going through braces-torture, too, I highly recommend the smoothie route.

Frozen mangos, frozen raspberries, and fresh blueberries

As you probably know, you can pretty much put whatever you want into a smoothie. It's also a great way to use up older fruits, vegetables, or juices. Some people like to make their smoothies creamier by using nut milks or soy milk, but I prefer the straight up fruit. I just think it has more zing! So, even though smoothie making is painfully obvious, and you really don't need a recipe, I'll write mine out for you anyway. Just so you know how I made mine.

Adding the orange juice

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen mango cubes
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup orange juice

Put everything into your blender and purée. That is all.
Makes two smoothies. 

The finished product

Yum! This "recipe" makes for a pretty zingy smoothie, as I like mine to be a little bit tart. Isn't the color pretty? I like the flecks of blueberry in it. Also, if you have a Trader Joe's near you, I recommend getting your frozen fruit from there. They have a great variety for really good prices. Also, the quality is great, so everything tastes fresh.

I think my next smoothie conquest will involve greens. I've heard really good things about green smoothies. Also, many fun juice adventures are on the horizon, because fiancé and I just invested in a proper juicer! I am very much looking forward to juice.

What do you make your smoothies with?

5 comments:

  1. I love to make smoothies with dates, greens of some kind, banana, and usually some sort of nut. I mostly make green smoothies because they're my favorite.

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  2. oh, wow! That sounds great. Do you soak the nuts first?

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  3. I usually make tons of smoothies in summer. It's so easy when there are tons of local fruits around. Yes, the colour is very pretty!

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  4. I've been making a lot of green smoothies lately. There is one that is fruit and greens (I used swiss chard from our garden) and then you put cacao nibs in it, and it ends up tasting like this wonderfully fruity smoothie with mini chocolate chips!

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  5. Really you can include so many different healthy smoothies . Thank you for posting these recipes!

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