Saturday, February 12, 2011


If I had my camera, my REAL camera, not the old digital camera that I've let my kids take on camping trips, aka: the adventure camera, I'd share a picture of the crumpled up orange plastic wrapper lying on my desk...the only evidence left of my breakfast. Damn you, Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

But who wants to see that?

Put your hands down.

I know soon I'll have that camera of mine dangling off my neck again. Soon. Soon I will have sent her away to be fixed. Soon. As soon as all the other important things that come before my camera are tended to. Soon.

In the meantime, I can't be eating Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for breakfast, and neither can you, so here's a smoothie recipe that my family loves like nobodys business. In fact, they probably love it better than nobodys business. At least I know I do. And thankfully, I had photos lying around in my picture file that I'd taken in the summer of this delicious and healthy breakfast treat - which only makes me miss my camera even more. I think I'll go drown myself in smoothies.

Fruit Smoothies
Makes about 3 - 4 eight ounce smoothies

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen peaches
1 banana
1 small container vanilla yogurt
1 cup orange juice (or apple, whatever is open but no, you cannot - SHOULD NOT - use Hawaiian Punch, that's not juice)

Place all ingredients in a blender. It doesn't matter what order you put them in, just fill it up. You can always use fresh fruit in place of the frozen but it's the middle of winter in these parts and I'm low on the fresh.

Another tip from me to you: I chop up and freeze bananas that are "on the verge" all the time. Sometimes because I don't feel like baking banana bread and sometimes because I'm too cheap to throw them away just because they're getting a tad bit too mushy for my picky banana eaters. Either way you slice it, I think the frozen bananas add a little heft to the smoothie, if ya know what I mean. They help make the smoothie smoooooooth.

After you've placed all that goodness into your blender, blend away! My blender is as old as my marriage - going on 15 years - so sometimes I have to push more than one button to get my smoothie the perfect consistency. But once it's there, once the blender hits that sweet spot where it's pulverized all the larger chunks of fruit and funnels a wonderful, scarlet-colored, smooth and thick concoction around the inside of the blender pitcher, that's when you know it's done. So do whatever you gotta do to get there. You won't be sorry.

Pour into a nice big glass and enjoy. Your body will thank you and so will your dentist, just remember to floss later.

Bottoms up!


melaniek said...

Yum! I've been sending hubby with a smoothie every morning, I just wish I could talk my blender into being a tad bit quieter at 430am. lol. Another thing you can add in is a handful of baby spinach. I know, I know, it sounds really odd, but if you puree it really good with the juice first and then add all the fruit don't taste it. It's amazing. Good thing too cause I could use a few more veggies thrown in.

Hope you get your camera back soon!

Miller Family said...

Now, add a cup of fresh or frozen spinach and a scoop of whey protein and you have an excellent tasting protein shake. I don't put juice in mine though or yogurt, but it is still yummy. Just another variety to through in the mix. Thanks for your recipe. My kids love smoothies and I love trying different flavors.