Saturday, August 22, 2009
Cooking with Kids Episode 4 - Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Here's our family's favorite smoothie. The kids love them and they're good for their growing bodies. I usually make more than I think I'll need so I can make smoothie popsicles. I don't even mind if they eat one of the popsicles for breakfast! This recipe is great for the kids to make because the amounts do not need to be precise. In fact, I never measure the ingredients. I just eyball it and throw the ingredients in the blender. I've guessed at the amounts for the purpose of writing this recipe, but feel free to add a little more of this or a little less of that. Substitute any berry or fruit for the strawberries if it sounds good to you. Here's a tip: if you ever have overripe bananas sitting on your counter, peel them and break them into chunks and freeze them in a ziploc freezer bag. Then you'll have them whenever you're in the mood for a smoothie (or banana espresso chocolate chip muffins).
Strawberry Banana Smoothies
Serves about 4
3/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
1 cup milk
3/4 cup orange juice
1 or 2 frozen bananas, broken into chunks
3 handfuls of frozen strawberries
a bit of sugar or agave nectar, especially if you used plain, unsweetened yogurt
Throw all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk or orange juice to reach desired thickness.