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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.