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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days and we drove home with the windows partially down, inhaling the sweet perfume of berries all the way back to Harmony.

Initially I had intended to make strawberry jam with my berry bounty, but soon realized that I just didn’t have time! So some berries were reserved for fresh eating, and the rest were washed, hulled and stored in the freezer for future use. Frozen strawberries are the perfect ingredient for a smoothie, which is a favorite summer treat in my household.

The Making of the Smoothie

A perfect smoothie requires three things: plain yogurt, a banana, and berries or chopped fruit of some sort. All of the fruits can be frozen, and in fact this is preferable. The frozen fruit adds a nice thickness to the finished product. Ice cubes make for watery smoothies, and so they should be avoided. The banana is key for textural purposes- I am not actually a huge fan of bananas, but I wouldn’t make a smoothie without one. As far as the other fruits go, strawberries and blueberries are usually the standard, but I have used chunks of mango, frozen peaches, and frozen cranberries with pleasing results. Use anything you like, but if it is an excessively watery fruit you may find that the texture of your smoothie is unappealing.

Here is the formula I typically use when making this treat for my husband or for myself.

Happy Independence Day!

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