It’s August, the peak of the summer season where the heat’s at its hottest and staying cool without breaking the bank to keep the AC running all summer long can be quite a hassle. So in effort to beat the heat this summer, here’s a very simple, quick smoothie recipe.
For this recipe you will need:
A measuring cup
1 cup of frozen strawberries (or fruit of choice)*
1 cup of frozen blueberries (or fruit of choice)*
6 teaspoons of sugar or sugar alternative such as Splenda, Equal, Sweet n’ Low, etc. (My personal preference is using 0 calorie sweeteners like Splenda and Equal)
(*Most smoothie recipes call for fresh fruit and ice, but since we’re using frozen fruit, it’s ice and fruit in one.)
How to make it:
First, measure out 1 cup each of your frozen fruit and put it in the blender. Then, add your 6 teaspoons of sugar/sugar alternative. Third, add in enough milk to completely cover/submerge the fruit. (For a thicker smoothie, add less milk. For a more liquid-like smoothie, add more)
Next, secure the lid over the top of the blender and switch it to the Puree or Liquefy setting. Blend at this setting for 30 seconds then switch to Mix/Blend for another 30 seconds, then back to Puree. Alternate between these two settings for about a minute or two or when smoothie has achieved desired thickness.
Serve and enjoy. Makes about four 12 oz. cups (this number can vary depending on how much milk or fruit was used if adjustments were needed)
To check thickness, first be sure that the blender is in the Power-Off setting, then remove blender cup and shake it from side to side. If the contents move fluidly, then the smoothie is at a good thickness for drinking. But if it moves very, very slowly, then it’s still very thick and you might have a little difficulty sipping it through a straw. However, depending on your own preferences, you can adjust accordingly.
If, by this point, your smoothie is thinner than you wanted it to be, add in a little more fruit (about 1/3 cup) and resume the blending cycle, add in more fruit as needed (after repeating the Thickness Check) until desired thickness is achieved.
If your smoothie is thicker than you wanted, add in a little more milk (about ¼ cup) and continue to blend, adding more milk as needed (after repeating the Thickness Check) until it’s to your liking.
Add in ½ teaspoon of additional sugar/sugar alternative per adjustment, or if you want a sweeter smoothie. (But I don’t really think extra sugar is necessary. This smoothie is pretty sweet on its own without any extra sugar.)
Notes: I’ve only made this smoothie using strawberries and blueberries, but I imagine the process of making it with different fruit is pretty much the same so it shouldn’t be much of a difference.