I love Fruit Smoothies. I love
their flavor, how easy they are to make, and their versatility. A Fruit Smoothie is a blended drink with a
milkshake-like consistency that starts with either fresh or frozen fruit. To
the fruit you can add a variety of ingredients. Things like frozen
ices (sorbet or sherbet), yogurt (plain or flavored), crushed ice, and
Smoothies are best enjoyed shortly after making them as they do tend to
separate when stored.
The Fruit Smoothie recipe given here is a little different in that
I like to add a frozen ice (either a sorbet or a sherbet). I like how it
adds even more fruit flavor, plus it makes the Fruit Smoothie thick and
icy cold. Sorbet and Sherbet are both made using fresh fruit (juices/purees),
sugar, water and sometimes lemon/lime juice. Sherbets, however, also contain
milk and/or cream, and sometimes even eggs.
A good Smoothie uses high
quality ingredients, that means fresh fruit at its prime. You can also use
unsweetened frozen fruit which has the advantage
of chilling your Smoothie so you do not have to add crushed ice, and
it gives your Smoothie a thick consistency. Another point on
fruit choices. Keep in mind that some fruits, like bananas (I like to use
frozen bananas), add both
sweetness and flavor to your Smoothie, and they also have the advantage of
being a natural thickener. If you are going to add ice, try to use crushed
or shaved ice as it easier to blend than ice cubes. If you do not have
crushed ice, then place ice cubes in a plastic freezer bag, wrap it in a
dish towel, and pound it with a rolling pin or meat mallet until it is
The great thing about making a Smoothie is that you can use customize
it to your own tastes. Both the type and
amount of fruit, frozen ices,
yogurt, and fruit juice can be adjusted to suit your taste. Although
sweetness usually comes from the fruit and yogurt, add a little granulated
white sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, brown rice syrup if you
like a sweeter drink.
Smoothie: Place all the ingredients in a blender or
food processor and process until smooth. If necessary, add more fruit juice
or crushed ice. Also, taste and add sugar if
needed. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
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