Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Mango & Banana Smoothie

While vacationing in Mexico this week, homemade snacks like guacamole, salsa and fruit smoothies have been a few of our choice staples. With so many fresh ingredients outside our regular Virginia fare, it's been a lot of fun making these flavorful and refreshing eats.

Today I wanted to share the recipe for the go-to fruit smoothies I've been whipping together when I've been feeling the need for something a little sweet right around that late afternoon slump. They're super refreshing, detoxifying, a little tropical and I can't help but feel like they help do a little repair work on the extra sun I've been soaking in this week.

I like to chop up fresh fruit in its prime (as in, almost overripe), then toss it in a freezer bag to use as needed. Freezing the fruit helps preserve it for later use and negates the need for added ice in the blender, thickening your smoothie.

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Mangos
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 Fresh banana
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk

You can mix and match fruits as you like. I always like a base of banana and greek yogurt to help thicken the smoothie and almond milk to even out the blending. If I'd had chia seeds on hand, I would have added a teaspoon of them in this smoothie for a little extra healthy kick.

Flavor Tips: Natural Greek yogurt can sometimes taste a bit tart — if you prefer something a little sweeter, you can substitute in your favorite flavored yogurt, like vanilla. Honey or other natural sweeteners will also help sweeten things up. A spoonful of peanut butter could also provide a protein-rich and creamy flavor addition. The possibilities are endless, and up to you!

Blend ingredients together until smooth in blender. Add additional almond milk for a thinner consistency if needed. I love a thicker smoothie, the kind you can eat with a spoon and later sip as it begins to melt.

Pour and divide among small glasses to share or a tall one of your own — enjoy this refreshing treat.

What's your favorite smoothie combination? Do you change up the ingredients seasonally or depending on where you're vacationing?

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  1. Which would be better to add - tequila or dark rum?

  2. Just made this and it came out great. Very creamy and delicious. I made mines kind of thick and I used soy milk. Great recipe.