If you're anything like me, you probably own a blender. And can probably count on one hand the number of times you've gotten it out recently.
For some reason, in my mind, I think my blender is a huge pain to use. Having to get all the parts out of the cabinet. And dealing with the cleanup. In reality, it's not a big deal at all, so I don't know why I continue to think that way.
Today, my blender came out of hibernation. I'm embarrassed to say it's been hibernating for over a year. But I have a friend with a sick kiddo that wasn't wanting to eat or drink much, so I suggested a few smoothies and offered to make and bring them over.
I did, and once I got home, figured I should take advantage of some smoothie goodness too.
For example, for the kiddo, I made one with a handful of strawberries, half a banana and a 1/2 cup of milk. I made another with a whole banana, a big tbsp of peanut butter and a 1/2 cup of milk. So hopefully if he's interested in trying the smoothie, he'll be getting some fruit (vitamins!) some milk (calcium + protein) and peanut butter (protein +healthy fats).
For mine that you see above, I used strawberries, pineapple, mango, banana and some milk. I like my smoothies thick (think eat with a spoon, not drink) so I use frozen fruit and only blend til combined. (for a drink like consistency, use room temp or refrigerated fruit and blend a little longer.)
Usually I like to use yogurt in my smoothies, for thickness plus all the benefits of yogurt, but today I didn't have any.
You're welcome to sweeten your smoothies with sugar, honey, juice, etc, and that's delicious, but I was just going for some fruity goodness today.