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Friday, August 27, 2010

Recipes: Citrus Smoothie

I love smoothies. Love them. In fact, I could probably go on an all smoothie diet and not miss solid food at all. Maybe I'm just too lazy to chew my food. Anyway, if I were to buy my smoothies at those fancy-schmancy smoothie places, I'd go broke in a hurry. But they are so easy to make at home. Here's one of our family favourites.

Joanne's Citrus Smoothie:
(all measurements are in weight grams... because that's what I use to figure out the carb factor)

What you need:
*approx. 170g of plain yogurt. I use my homemade recipe that can be found here. (carb factor = .05)
*200g strawberries - I use both fresh and frozen (carb factor = .08)
*65g bananas (carb factor = .20)
*65g frozen pineapple
(carb factor = .13)
*125g (about 1/2 C) of orange juice. I use Tropicana w/ added calcium (carb factor = .108)
(I have been known to do a 50/50 juice to water mix too)

Approx. carb factor when using the above measurements = .09
These measurements make enough for a small glass for Elise and a tall glass for me... YUM!

To Make:
*If you don't know how to make a smoothie, I just don't know how to help you.

Why it's so great:
*So easy to make.
*Cheap, cheap, cheap!
*Healthy, because you control what gets put into it
*A great meal idea (or part of a meal) when you are on the go. I just pour it into a plastic cup with a lid and straw for Elise, and she can drink it while we're in the car.

A few notes about his recipe:
*I sometimes throw a handful of blueberries in there too (carb factor = .145)
*By no means should you follow my exact measurements... I love more strawberry taste than the rest, so I use a lot of strawberries. My husband would probably want me to put two whole bananas in there. It's all up to your taste buds!
*The best (and cheapest) way to have a good supply of frozen fruit on hand, is to buy it fresh when you find a good deal. Then just wash it, cut it up, put it on a cookie tray in your freezer, then put it in a Ziploc bag when it's frozen. Don't just put it into a bag before you freeze it, or it will freeze all clumped together.
*If you don't use frozen fruit in this recipe, you will need to add ice.

8 comments:

  1. YUMMY! We are a big fan of smooties here - unfortunately, I don't do them often enough to get a handle on Joe's blood sugar...he usually goes low after eating them. I'll have to give this one a try.

    Have a great day Jo!!!

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  2. I love smoothies too! I don't know why I don't make them more often! The last time I did, I had some leftover coconut milk and threw it in with some banana...it was delish!

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  3. all these sound so good . it sounds awesome . I love the idea of just throwing stuff together . awesome .

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  4. We love smoothies here too. Been throwing in a handful of spinach leaves...can't taste it and adds tons of nutrients although it throws the color off a bit so I serve in non-see through cups with lids ;-)

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  5. COOKIE TRAY!!!! :::smacks head:::

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  6. MMMMMmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE TOTAL "SMOOCHIE" GIRLS OVER HERE :)

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  7. We love smoothies. Our blender broke. Seeing this post reminds that I need to replace it NOW!

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  8. Thanks for the recipe...and the carb counts to go with it!! We LOVE smoothies!

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