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How to Make a Fruit Smoothie

While we can't recommend asparagus or cheddar-flavored drinks, we encourage you to experiment, using this road map to the ultimate healthy blended beverage.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Choose fruit and juice Choose your fruit and fruit juice.
  • TIP: A variety of flavors mixed together can make for the most satisfying smoothie—a few dashes of cranberry juice or a squeeze of lime may be just what that O.J. and banana combo needs.
  • Step 2: Peel, pit, or de-seed fruit Peel, pit, or de-seed your fruit if necessary.
  • Step 3: Put in fruit, add juice Put the fruit in the blender, and add the juice.
  • TIP: For a sweet smoothie, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey. For a cold one, add 6 to 8 ice cubes. And for an extra health kick, throw in protein powder, wheat germ, bee pollen, or flaxseed.
  • Step 4: Add milk, cream, or yogurt Add the milk, light cream, or yogurt to give the smoothie a rich and silky texture.
  • Step 5: Blend Put the lid on the blender, and blend at a medium speed until smooth.
  • TIP: Running your blender too high will turn your creation into glorified fruit juice. Running it too slow will leave behind large chunks of unblended fruit.
  • Step 6: Taste Stop the blender and do a taste test, then make any necessary adjustments, adding yogurt or ice to thicken, honey to sweeten.
  • Step 7: Pour and serve Pour your smoothie into the glass, and serve.
  • FACT: The South American variant of the smoothie is called a 'licuado,' as in 'liquefied' or 'blended.'

You Will Need

  • 1 c. fresh or frozen fruit
  • u00bd c. fruit juice
  • A blender
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • light cream
  • or yogurt
  • And a tall glass
  • Honey
  • Ice
  • Protein powder
  • wheat germ
  • bee pollen
  • or flaxseed

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