(Super Simple) Summer Fruit Smoothie

by Donna Dick
(Martin, TN)

Delicious AND Nutritious~!

Delicious AND Nutritious~!

This is NOT your everyday, watered down, fast food version, of a smoothie.

Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a Fresh Fruit Smoothie. Not only are they cool and sweetly satisfying, but they are SO healthy and good for you too~!

Even though this recipe requires a bit of pre-preparation, it is unbelievably simple. You'll love them so much, you'll be making them all summer long and spending less than half of the cost of the fast food variety.
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Yeild: 2, 12 ounce smoothies
Advance Prep Time: 10 minutes or less
Prep time: 10 minutes or less

1 quart strawberries (or fruits of choice)see below
1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
1/3 cup sugar or Splenda (or to taste)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Choose fresh fruit that is at the peak of ripeness. This is the time when the sugar content in fruit are the highest and flavors are at their best.

2. Rinse fruit under cold water, decap strawberries, and slice into a 1 quart Ziploc freezer bag. Freeze overnight.

3. In blender add milk and sugar or Splenda.
Add 1/4th of the frozen strawberries and blend on medium until berries are slush.

4. Gradually add more berries until all berries have been thoroughly blended into a thick smoothie.

HINT: Some blenders do not pull mixtures down to the blades as well as others. If yours is this type of blender then you may have to occasionally turn off the blender and stir with a plastic spatula, pushing fruit down into the blades, then continue to blend.
This will ensure that all the fruit has been thoroughly blended.

4. Pour into 2- 12 ounce glasses. Serve with straws and enjoy. And I do mean ENJOY~!
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VARIATIONS: Try different fruit variations and combinations. Strawberry & Banana = 1 qt strawberries + 2 sliced bananas

Strawberry & Blueberry = 1 qt strawberries + 1 cup blueberries

Strawberry, Banana, & Blueberry = 3/4 qt strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1 or 2 sliced bananas

Peach = 1 quart sliced peaches (wash and slice before freezing. Do not peel).

Peach + Apricot = 1 quart sliced, frozen peaches and apricots (washed with skin on).

Blackberry, and/or Rasberry = 1 quart each or any combination of the two.

HINTS:

1) Freeze all the fruit that you are going to use in your smoothie.

2) Any fruit that goes well with milk is suggested for use in the recipe. Highly acid fruits do not work well with this recipe.

3) Bananas are a great additive to any other fruit or combination of fruits; however, a banana smoothie is not recommended with this recipe due to the high sugar content and pulpous nature of the fruit.

4) When freezing peaches, nectarines, or apricots. Wash fruit thoroughly. Remove pits, do not peel. Slice onto cookie sheets to freeze slices. After freezing, they may be placed into a freezer bag. (If you place unfrozen slices directly into freezer bags they will freeze together into one solid mass).

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