I estimated the proportions based on how i do it, so just treat this like a guide. Experiment, and do what you like best =) It’s very simple to make a smoothie, and it can often be frozen into ice cream or sherbet.
Strawberry Basil Smoothie
Servings: 1 big glass or 2 medium glasses.
Prep: 15-30 min.
- 1/2 cup Frozen strawberies
- 1 Banana, sliced
- 2 Tbsp loosely packed sliced fresh basil
- 1/2 Cup milk (or coconut water/milk/cream if lactose intolerant. Juice can work too)
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- 2 tsp honey or washed sugar (optional)
- Whipped cream to garnish (optional)
Chop everything up to help the belnder, add some liquid, and whirr it up! But there are a few principles that can make your smoothie more enjoyable.
Using pre frozen fruit keeps your smoothie cold without having to add water (as in ice that melts and turns the texture yucky). So you get the full flavor as well!
Adding veggies and herbs helps give your drink a vitamin boost. Its the easiest way to get your veggies in the day. And use veggies and herbs you like the taste of, otherwise it will unpleasant for you no matter what. And on that note try to use complimentary flavors, things that taste good together, and ingredients that you love! You can also add nutritional yeast, flax meal, or other superfoods.
Coconut oil is also very good for you. Despite its local abundance I didn’t try it until i read this article. Sarah from abeachcottage.com also suggests making big batches. I would, but my kitchen is tiny. If you have the fridge space though going for the one time big time route cuts down on daily prep time. Unless the kitchen is your happy-chill place. Its really up to you and thats the power of making your own food!
And add whipped cream… coz its wonderful!
P.S.: If you made it this far, some bonus info for you!
If you freeze this, it’s kind of like ice cream or sherbet! The flavor needs to be stronger for it to translate when frozen. Just add more sweetener and skip the milk. Don’t expect it to be commercial or artisan quality, but in a pinch it works. You can try to put it in ice cube trays with a toothpick or paper cups with a popsicle stick.
I’d love to see what you think up with all the options! Have you made a frozen treat lately?
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- Day 7: Strawberry Yoghurt Smoothies! (doneitfromscratch.wordpress.com)
- Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie, please ^_^ (knittinggoddesswithacat.wordpress.com)
- cherry banana smoothie (sunandglory.com)
- All Hail Kale Smoothie (chefangela.typepad.com)
- Basil Banana Smoothie (bestfruitsmoothies.com)