Monday, January 14, 2013

Blended Fruit Drink


This is the time of year when one can most miss the farmer's markets and farm stands.  And although there are an increasing number of winter markets, almost all food now comes from the supermarket.  One good option is a blended fruit drink.  



In a blender put:
  • A banana (or two if they are small); 
  • Two big scoops of (organic) whole milk yogurt -  plain or vanilla - from a long handled cooking spoon; 
  • A whole bag (8. oz) of frozen blueberries and a half bag each of raspberries and strawberries; and finally 
  • Enough orange juice to fill the blender.  
This serves four.
Canning jars make convenient glasses .

26 comments:

Susan R said...

That looks splendid.

Marie said...

Inspiration-looks like it will be a nice side with a fresh cranberry muffin.

Mona said...

Amazing coincidence, we do the same and as recently as tonight replacing yogurt with almond milk and orange juice, sometimes, with grapefruit juice.

Kate said...

What muffins are you referring to?

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Kate - Each morning I make organic whole wheat muffins with either bananas and raspberries; bananas and blueberries; or pumpkin with honey.

Anonymous said...

I make the same drink, but also include cinnamon and a little wheat germ or ground flax seed.

Anonymous said...

What kind of blender do you use or recommend? Frozen berries can be a challenge for some blenders. -- Rod

Kathy said...

Antioxidant heaven! Looks wonderful.

I make muffins often myself. I recently switched to whole wheat pastry flour instead of the ww all purpose flour...my muffins are so much better (lighter) now. Which do you use?

Dutch Uncle said...

If you care about your heart, make that light yogurt.

Flo said...

That sounds delicious, might have to try that recipe. I don't know why I never thought to put yogurt in them, I just freeze all of my fruit and put milk in. I make a banana/strawberry blend and have found just a dash of vanilla brings out the flavor of the fruit even more. Now I'm hungry!

Anonymous said...

Dutch Uncle, I think you are a bit behind the current research. Whole foods are finally being recognized for their complete nutritional packages. Why even Dr. Oz says that drinking skim milk is akin to eating simple carbohydrates. The fat slows down the absorption of the natural (and any added) sugars.

Anonymous said...

Can NOT wait to try this.

Bob Gall said...

Here are a couple of variations - one I make for my daughter and me each morning, the other I make for my wife (who loves bananas and OJ).

1. 1/3 bag of Harvest Berries, two tablespoons of raw almond butter, two tablespoons of whole milk plain yogurt, organic unsweetened coconut milk, and a scoop of a whey protein powder made from organic pasture fed cow's milk. Blended.

2. 1/3 bag of Harvest Berries, banana, orange juice, pomegranate juice, two tablespoons of whole milk plain yogurt, and the whey protein powder. Blend.

Yum.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Krystle

Joyce North said...

When my sons were young and participating in sports and other kinds of outside activities, I kept frozen bananas for quick snacks and smoothies. Still use organic frozen fruits instead of ice for full flavor. Just for info, I use a VitaMix now but started years ago with a Waring blender then a Kitchenaid. All work well. Good way to slip fresh veggies in with some fruit.

Anonymous said...

Dear Muffy,
Recipe for muffins, please.xo Bunny Fleming

Anonymous said...

That smoothie looks wonderful! Smoothies are so versatile and a great way to "hide" healthy things that some people, children, etc., wouldn't normally eat. They are also very filling. --Holly in PA

Anonymous said...

Secret ingredient I add: a big handful of fresh spinach. After blending it disappears completely, leaving no taste, color, or texture.

- Nicholas J

Anonymous said...

I have the same thing every morning for one, minus the muffin, and have been for a few years. I add freshly ground flaxseed. Sometimes I add fresh pineapple or whatever fresh fruit I have on hand. I’m considering adding green things to it since I have a Vitamix now.

Wanda

Laurie Ann said...

That looks yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

mary anne said...

Looks great. I'm partial to the Green Monster smoothie. Keeps ya happy and full for hours.

Susan R said...

Bob Gall: Thank you for sharing your recipes too, sounds wonderful.
Muffy: I think we are in need of that muffin recipe along with the smoothie recipe that you've included here.

Juli said...

Dear Muffy, Your blended fruit drink looks delicious. Lately we've started making our own yogurt (in a slow-cooker)and are looking for more ways to use our homemade bounty. Thanks for the inspiration.

LG said...

That looks so good...
It seems like frozen fruits and vegetables are making a bit of a comeback- I've seen two articles recently about how they are good, if overlooked, options. When I was pregnant I was a little paranoid about eating food from other countries (there was an orange juice scare at the time) and I became more interested in frozen options. It's actually pretty shocking where most of our food comes from once you start paying attention. I recently went to the grocery store and could only find garlic from China! But that's obviously getting off topic.

rw94501 said...

You forgot the most important step....Add rum.

Sarah said...

Lately I've been combining frozen strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla soy milk. It's delicious! I use a Blendtec blender I bought at Costco last year. Also, great idea on using canning jars as glasses. We need some new glasses, and I just realized we had some canning jars in the pantry. Perfect timing! Great info on this site!

Sarah