I'm a huge sucker for a smoothie. Back in my high school days when Smoothie King was a couple blocks from my house, I collected those frequent-buyer tickets like baseball cards! BUT, man are they expensive- and a 20 oz. Caribbean Way has upwards of 400 calories. You feel like you are indulging in a healthy, fruit-filled drink, but it's really just like eating 12 Oreos, with a tad bit more nutrition. Yikes! I also have trouble sitting down with a bowl of fruit in the morning with breakfast, not sure why, but it's never come natural to me. My solution to both problems: Make my own smoothies! It takes all of about 2 minutes to make (less time than you'd spend in the drivethru at a Smoothie shop) and you can control the flavors and sweetness and size. It's much more cost effective- a frozen bag of mixed fruit which easily allows you to blend up 5+ smoothies will cost you less than one of those sugar-packed wallet-drainers from Smoothie King.
Homemade Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
1 ripe banana (fresh)
Handful of frozen strawberries
Handful of frozen mixed fruit (peaches, pineapple, grapes, raspberries, etc.)
1/2 cup of natural fruit juice, not from concentrate (I use V8 Splash)
*Optional for more sweetness: 1 Tablespoon of Honey
Peel and break up the banana. Toss it into the blender.
Add in the frozen fruit.
Now add in the juice to help the smoothie blend up nicely.
Now add a little honey, if you like it sweeter!
Now...blend! Let it run for a while so it gets very, very smooth.
The Chef Next Door