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Smoothie suggestions?

Hi Chowhounds,

What's your idea of the perfect non-alcoholic smoothie? My ten-year-old daughter Hannah is a smoothie enthusiast, and the recipient of a brand-new Kitchenaid blender, and is poised to go shopping for ingredients to satisfy her epicurean ambitions.

What particulalry satisfying ingredients do you include? Hannah is a mango lover, and I swear that she'd include mango in pancakes or pasta if given the chance....

Any ideas to share...c'mon please tell, Hannah is reading over my shoulder and won't get off the computer until you share.....

Thanks (from me and from Hannah!)

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  1. My favorite smootie is banana with milk and grated nutmeg, my mother used to make this for me when was a kid.
    My kids love fresh or frozen strawberries with milk and yogurt and sweetened with honey. If you use the frozen strawberries its a lot like a milkshake in consistency and takes a while to drink unless you like brain freeze.
    A mango lassi is an indian smoothie with yogurt and honey.

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    1. re: bolivianita

      I do this also with a drop or two of almond and/or vanilla.

      Question: Does anyone have a good recipe for Peanut or Cashew Punch? (It is a smoothie with sweetened condensed milk, plantains, banana, spices, nuts) I've tried to add sweetend condensed milk and some nuts to the banana/nutmeg smoothie but have yet to find the right proportions (and cannot find a recipe!) Thanks!

    2. One cup of yogurt (flavor of your choice; chocolate or vanilla is our favorite)
      1/4 cup orange juice
      1/2 mango
      6 large strawberries
      Blend and enjoy

      1. I have a smoothie every day for breakfast. I start with frozen fruit (that I either buy fresh and freeze, or get frozen from Trader Joe's). Add 1 cup of frozen fruit to 2 cups of vanilla soy milk and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Blend until smooth, then add about 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt and 2 tbsp ground flax seeds. Yum!

        For a cool treat on a hot afternoon (okay, maybe a little early for this one) try 1 cup frozen mango chunks, 1 scoop of raspberry sorbet, juice of 1 lime, and 1 cup of ice cubes. Blitz until smooth. Hope Hannah likes it!

        1. I think frozen fruit make the best smoothies, then you don't have to add ice and water down the whole thing. I love using juices instead of milk. Although, I have been doing a chocolate smoothie (with a chocolate protein, but you could use chocolate syrup) with milk, ice and just a drop of peppermint oil for a chocolate mint smootie. Sooo, good!

          Mango, papaya, strawberry & banana is a great one with a little OJ or pineapple juice for a tropical mix.

          Frozen mango, blueberry and lemonade is great too.

          Assorted frozen berries with pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants and it's tasty!

          I also like frozen peach and blueberry.

          The options are endless.

          Enjoy Hannah!

          1. My current favorite smoothie is:

            1C vanilla soy milk
            1-1/4C frozen blueberries
            1/2C pineapple chunks in juice (not frozen)
            1/2 banana (or 1 small banana)
            1t grated lemon zest
            1/2t grated fresh ginger

            Blend until smooth, then add ice until the desired consistency. Makes 2 snack servings or 1 meal serving.

            1. I think smoothies are all about experimentation and cleaning out the fridge/freezer. I used to drink them all the time and now its been a while, thanks for the inspiriation to make one tomorrow! My favorite way is to use frozen banannas, then you get a really smoot consistency without yogurt or ice cream or anything. Just slice a couple bananas and spread the slices out flat in a zip lock back and lay the bag flat in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can store the bag upright. Throw some frozen banana slices, some canned pinapple chunks (packed in unsweetened juice) and some of the juice in the blender along with fresh or frozen mango, straberries or whatever for a sort of tropical flavor. Trader Joes sells a frozen mixed berry blend and a super easy smoothy is just frozen bananas, some frozen berries, and some orange juice. When fresh strawberries are plentiful and cheap, then it's great to combine just the frozen banannas, fresh strawberries and some orange juice. Strawberries also freeze well for future smoothies. Have fun!

              1. If you're tropical island inspired, try vanilla yogurt, guava juice, mango, pineapple, and toasted shredded coconut... I don't like these, but feel free to add banana and/or orange...

                I really like raspberries, yogurt, and graham cracker crumbs, simple but tasty.... Also good w/ a little key lime juice.

                Blueberries, cottage cheese, yogurt, oats/graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, little milk

                Cottage cheese/yogurt, skim milk, peanut butter (creamy), boysenberry jam

                I don't know where smoothie becomes just a shake, but when I'm feeling decadent, I like to use vanilla fro-yo, chopped sauteed cinnamon apples, and crushed Lorna Doones/Nilla Wafers...

                I also add protein powder to all of my smoothies, but that's just my thing!

                1. Hannah and I are kindred spirits. I feel the same way about mango -- dried, fresh, frozen, whatever.

                  Have you tried green smoothies? I'm not a fan of weird food, but these are surprisingly good. They add awesome nutrition -- we never get enough green leafy veggies.

                  A good way to start is with whatever you already like -- bananas, orange juice, mango, and add some baby spinach. It alters the color, but because spinach is very sweet and mild it doesn't change the taste.

                  I've also had great smoothies with kale, broccoli, beets. You use the veggie raw and cut off any fibrous or touch stems. You can find some good recipes on line and there are whole books dedicated to green smoothies.

                  Here are some combinations you might want to try.
                  2 large mangos
                  1 bunch parsley

                  6 peaches
                  2 handfuls of spinach leaves

                  2 mangos
                  1 handful of lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc

                  1-cup strawberries
                  2 bananas
                  1/2 bunch romaine

                  4 apples
                  1/2 lemon juice
                  4-5 leaves of kale

                  4 very ripe kiwis
                  1 ripe banana
                  3 stalks of celery

                  4 ripe pears
                  4-5 leaves of kale
                  1/2 bunch of mint

                  Finger banana-spinach
                  10 finger-bananas
                  2 handfuls of spinach leaves

                  Bosc pear-raspberry-kale
                  3 bosc pears
                  1 handful of raspberries
                  4-5 leaves of kale

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                  1. re: chicgail

                    wow i want to try all of these-- see lots of smoothies in my future

                    i also like frozen-fruit & banana smoothies-- put a banana into almost every fruit smoothie

                    i like a peanut butter/chocolate smoothie-- use cocoa powder or fave choc syrup

                    i like cucumber and yogurt smoothies with a pinch of sea salt

                    you can add a spoonful of lemonade or limeade, or any frozen juice concentrate to a smoothie-- yum!

                    tell Hannah that cleaning the blender is fun & easy-- just fill with a cup or 2 of hot water & a teeny squirt of dish soap, put the top on, WHIZZZ, dump out and rinse--so she'll be all set for her next smoothie whenever she's ready!

                  2. I too am a huge smoothie fan! I started making them at home when my husband pointed out that I was spending twenty dollars a week at Jamba Juice.
                    There are tons of great smoothie ideas already up here, but I wanted to add one that is a bit different.

                    I make tons of Mango Matcha Smoothies. You can get Matcha powder in groceries but also online -- I bought mine on amazon. Matcha - ground green tee leaves - gives a delicious light flavor to smoothies, and is incredibly healthful -- tons of anti-oxidants and what not. Though because it is a green tea product, Matcha does contain caffeine, though not much.

                    Mango Matcha smoothie:
                    Crushed ice
                    One spoon of Matcha powder
                    Soy Milk
                    A dollop of yogurt
                    honey to taste.

                    This smoothie is also great with raspberries, and strawberries, but I like it without fruit too too.
                    Happy Blending!

                    1. Cooked tarot and avocado go great together in smoothies.

                      1. I make smoothies with whatever fruit is in season, add some honey for sweetness, some plain yogurt, and some bee pollen. If you like it sweeter you could use vanilla yogurt. I'll also add a half a banana per serving if I have one around. I'll throw in a few ice cubes to chill it down but only a few. A few fresh mint leaves add a nice touch too. I also like to freeze batches of blueberries and strawberries and use them in smoothies in the winter. But mangoes and pineapples are also great, so its really about experimenting until you find what you like. Try a different one every day and in no time you'll know what you like best.

                        1. hmmm.....

                          i like:
                          1. lemon smoothie-at the "Yellow cup cafe"
                          2. strawberry/chocolate smoothie-at "Cultures"
                          3. strawberry/blueberry/banana/chocolate/yogurt/milk/crushed lays chips sprinkled on top

                          "I love my Lays!!!"
                          -Chip Freak
                          P.S. You can't just have one!