Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tried and True Smoothies for Keilani

My sister-in-law T has a friend whose 12 year old daughter, Keilani,  had a run-in with a bully at school and got her jaw broken.  How sad and heartbreaking as a parent to have this happen to your child.  T has organized a smoothie recipe drive to get some meal ideas out there for Keilani while she gets better.  Here they are- each one is a keeper, I promise:  

Orange Julius
 recipe from Lisa Scherber
  • 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar <-this is optional, but gives more of a Julius experience.
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
Mix in blender on high

Get Well Keilani
You're the BEST!
Mommy Lisa 

From Gina Denny:

In a blender, I put frozen fruit, vanilla ice cream and OJ. You can buy frozen fruit in pre-made combinations, and you could easily change the ice cream and juice flavors. Though, I feel like the acid in the OJ really helps everything else feel less sweet.

To make milkshakes, I crush up cookies or frozen candies (non-frozen candies just turn to mush) with the food processor (though I guess you could just smash them with a rolling pin or something) and then add them to a lot of ice cream and cold milk in your blender.

From Laura, taken from The Friend magazine:

1 cup yogurt or single serving container, any flavor.
1/2 cup orange juice
1 handful of strawberries
1 handful of blueberries
1 handful of ice
1 banana
1 or 2 handfuls of spinach

From Tonya:
Dreamsicle Delight Smoothie

One quart milk, 
2 cans sprite, 
One quart each orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream

 Delicious!  (kinda like an orange dream bar - but yummier!)  (and yes, it makes a TON... the whole family will have to share!)

Some more smoothie recipes worth making:

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. In a blender, combine banana, peanut butter, and soy milk. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and drizzle with honey for garnish. Variation: you can also squeeze in some Hershey's chocolate syrup and ice cream for a choco-pb milkshake.  Want it colder?  Throw in some ice.  You may need to thin it with more milk as well. 

Erin's Mix and Match Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, peaches, blueberries (if not frozen, you'll just need more ice)
  •  1 container vanilla yogurt (Light and Fit is great for less  calories)
  • about 1/2 cup milk or any juice, depending on thickness and amount of frozen fruits/ice
  • ice cubes (only needed if you don't have frozen fruits)
  • a handful of washed, fresh spinach
  • 5-10 baby carrots (if your blender can handle them)

Combine all in blender and mix.  If too thick, add more juice.  Too thin; add more ice cubes or fruit.  Really, any fruit/juice/yogurt goes!  I do recommend adding more yogurt if you feel you taste  the spinach too strongly.  You can also cut back until you are comfortable with its subtle taste.  My kids love this smoothie that includes a few veggies- and they are super-picky.  I love it myself, and I'm picky too. Of course the veggies in this smoothie are optional but it's a great way to get your veggies in without knowing it!  If you don't want it to be a greenish color, the blueberries will make it more purple/dark than green.

Chocolate Smoothie/Milkshake
  • vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1/4 c. chocolate syrup or Nesquick
  • 1 c. milk
Combine in blender and mix until smooth.  Top with whipped cream.

Like Jamba Juice Orange Berry Blintz

  •  8 oz orange juice
  • 2 scoops pineapple sherbert
  •  1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 c. crushed ice
  Blend until desired consistency.

Like Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberry
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
Blend until desired consistency.

Purple Cows
  • 3/4 c. grape juice concentrate
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 c. vanilla ice cream
Combine all in blender.  


T said...

you're awesome Erin - thanks!!!

Shanna said...

My heart goes out to Keilani! So do my prayers.

Shanna said...

Here is a smoothie recipe that I use every morning to start my day off right:

I start with 2 cups cold water in a blender, add 1/2 a celery stalk, 2-3 inches of fresh cucumber, a handful of spinach (wash it all please!), 1/2 an avocado. Blend.

Add 2-4 tablespoons of frozen fruit juice concentrate (apple, white grape, I have even used grape!) to sweeten and mask the "green" taste.

Then add 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, 2-3 cups frozen strawberries. Add green apples or pineapple to taste if you have room in your blender. Play around with the amount of frozen fruit until you have a yummy concoction that is sweet and refreshing.

Finally, add half to 1 whole banana.

The key to making this smoothie is to add more water if it gets too thick and to use frozen fruit to flesh it out and make it less "green". It is a great way to get veggies into your diet without tasting them!

It makes enough servings for my family of 5. Store extra in the fridge in an old glass jar w/lid for later.

Shanna said...

Check out She has a video about making smoothies with veggies and fruit.