to Make Healthy Smoothies
By Dr. Ben
book, any smoothie that's worth writing about starts with ripe bananas.
You can use room temperature or frozen banana slices - both impart
natural creaminess like no other fruit can.
we get started, here's a quick look at how I like to store bananas:
bananas in this fashion - with the convex side up - helps prevent
unnecessary bruising and brown spots in the flesh. Soft, mushy brown
spots in bananas may not be a big deal to some people, but they just
don't fly in our home.
visually stunning smoothies that even the pickiest of eaters won't
be able to refuse, preparation is key. You want a variety of colorful
fruits, some frozen, and some at room temperature.
what we had to work with today:
organic strawberries from San Diego:
frozen mango chunks:
course, some ripe banana slices:
best to have all of your fruits laid out and ready to go before you
start blending - this will make it relatively easy to combine different
colors to make your custom, beautiful smoothies.
out your blender and start with about two ripe bananas, sliced:
two cups of frozen mango chunks to your bananas:
fine to use room temperature mangoes and frozen bananas - we just
happened to have frozen mangoes on hand. The idea is to create a cool
and refreshing smoothie without diluting flavor by using ice.
bring out your favorite type of milk - we're partial to unsweetened
to add enough milk to cover about half of the fruit - this is typically
enough to churn all of the fruit into a creamy smoothie.
the base of your smoothies:
makes for fine baby food, by the way.
each glass up about half way.
have some mango smoothie left over, add a teaspoon or tablespoon of
nutrient-rich green food powder.
pound of the green
food powder that we use is the result of juicing and drying thirty-three
pounds of fresh, nutrient-rich greens, so adding just a small amount
to your smoothies is an excellent way of ensuring regular intake of
a wide variety of minerals, vitamins, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients.
kid or picky adult eater isn't intrigued by a light green smoothie?
back on course, add a cup of fresh strawberries (or any other variety
of berries that you have on hand) to your blender (after you've given
your blender a quick rinse).
to about the half way mark.
on high speed for about 15 seconds or until you come up with something
the second best part of this whole process - add your strawberry smoothie
in a slow and gentle drizzle to your mango smoothie until you get
and fun, right? Trust me, if you have children who like cookies, candy
bars, and potato chips more than fresh fruits, this is the
way to get them loving healthy smoothies.
have some strawberry smoothie left over. Add a cup of frozen blueberries
and blend on high speed until you create this:
what's next, right?
you have it. A relatively simple and fun way to make gorgeous, nutrient-dense
smoothies that will help fuel good health for you and your loved ones.
the best part of making these smoothies - standing back and seeing
your loved ones enjoy the fruits of your labor.
home, we call this "being too busy for small talk."
you and your family and friends have some fun with smoothie making.
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