Filed under: Drinks, Food and Recipes | Tags: alton brown, frozen fruit, smoothie
It’s time to dust off the never-used appliance…in my house at least. Of all my kitchen appliances, this one stands alone, in the dark recesses of my pantry. You, see…it’s a blender. I have a wonderful food processor…and a mixer…so I don’t have that many uses for a blender.
It was originally a gag gift. Remember the line from the infamous movie, Father of the Bride? “He bought me a blender…” So my husband, the wonderful person that he is, thought it would be hilarious to get a cheap blender and give it to me the Christmas before we were wed happily ever after. I must give it to him, it was funny. But, since then, the blender has rarely been used. It’s loud, clunky, takes up much needed, little to spare, counter space.
That is, until now. You see, I’ve found a use for it. It’s called smoothies.
I know, you’re like “smoothies? come on…” But seriously, this is the BEST smoothie. It’s delicious, smooth, thick, satistfying, and best of all, SO good for you. It’s loaded with everything you need to start the day (besides the coffee). A great thanks to Mr. Alton Brown for bringing us, yet again, a great recipe into our home…
I cut up my bananas in thirds and freeze them in large bags worth so all I have to do is pull out two frozen chunks per smoothie. Also, on the episode of Good Eats that this recipe originated from, Alton suggests buying bananas in bulk that are on the quick sale table, that way they are perfect the day you bring them home, and you can freeze a bunch for cheap. Feel free to alter the fruit in this recipe, just make sure you keep the same blue to yellow to red fruit balance in the smoothie…in other words, if you substitute a fruit for strawberries, make sure it’s still a red fruit. This maintains the nutritional balance in the smoothie. Don’t ask me, ask Alton…he’s the smart one with the info…
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
2/3 frozen banana
1/2 cup lowfat soy milk
1/2 cup grape juice, acai juice, OR pomegranate juice
1. Assemble frozen items in your blender. Either allow the fruit to partially thaw on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes, or assemble your beverage the night before consumption, and stash in your fridge until blending in the morning. The fruit will partially thaw in the fridge, thus allowing for blending immediately in the morning.
2. Add liquids.
3. Blend away until smooth.
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