Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fruit Smoothie

Prepared many times over the years. A Family Favorite. Makes a nourishing and tasty quick breakfast or a wholesome in-between-meals snack.
2 c low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 large very ripe banana cut into large pieces
1/3 lb (150 g) each fresh or fresh-frozen ripe pineapple, cantaloupe, and berries (strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or blackberries)
fruit juice to adjust thickness (apple cider or orange juice)
sugar to taste
Add the yogurt to the jar of a blender. Partly defrost each of the fruits by rinsing briefly under cold running water in a colander. Drain each fruit well and add with the banana pieces to the blender jar. Mix by hand with a spatula with the power off. Cover, blend with pulses at successively faster speeds, using the spatula to ensure thorough mixing. Finish by blending on top speed for 1 minute. The volume will increase as air is incorporated. Blend in fruit juice to adjust thickness for pouring. Taste for sweetness, blending in sugar in small amounts, aiming for a balance between sweet and tart.

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