A while ago, my friend Monique asked me about adding drinks to my blog. “Hmm!” I thought, and then proceeded to post several weeks worth of desserts and savoury dishes.
The truth is, I almost always just drink water. I have an herbal tea or two through the day, and often a chai, but I have to make an effort when there’s a need to keep flavoured beverages around for guests or Fella to enjoy. I don’t buy juice, as it’s pricey and overly sweet, soda is out of the question (with the exception of the occasional fancy ginger beer as a hot and zesty treat), and while in the summertime, I love fruit infused waters (more on these in the future), unless it’s really, really hot, room temperature H2O is about all I care for.
Well, finally I’ve got something to share. I’ve been dipping into the big, bad world of smoothies lately. Talking with a friend who’s a nutrition expert and teaches cooking classes, I was reminded of how handy they are for getting extra fruits and veggies into either picky eaters or busy folks. I’ve tried a few combinations involving strawberries, blueberries, avocado (not ick; it’s mild, adds a nice creaminess, and tastes nothing like guacamole), walnuts and almonds. Today, I present, ironically, Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
Why ironically? Well, I hate bananas. They’re one of perhaps 3 perfectly vegan foods I never, ever choose to eat. It’s a long story involving a sad childhood incident with early morning banana pancakes and an ill-advised cranberry apple topping, eaten way too early in the morning, but in short, this fruit and I don’t get along.
This is too bad. Bananas are cool. They’re splendidly packaged, available in gorgeous yellow tones, and grew eagerly in my back yard growing up. Who can turn down fresh, free, home-grown organic bananas? Oh, that would be me.
Fella, however, loves them, so this simple smoothie was made for him. Unlike me (who is ready for a full and heavy breakfast, ideally built around potatoes, rice, or whole wheat pasta, within 15 minutes of waking), Fella is not a morning eater. This smoothie got a nice helping of vitamins B6 and C into him, along with fiber, manganese, and potassium. It’s also an effortless two servings of fruit. I haven’t yet tried adding greens to smoothies myself, but perhaps in the future.
Flavourwise, I tasted a drop and, aside from being banana-y, and therefore not my forte, I can say that it was sweet and had a nice creamy texture. If I didn’t have a thing against bananas, I’d probably enjoy it, and I’d definitely make it for friends or family. Fella loved it and much yum yumming was heard throughout the house. It has no added sugar, since the fruits are plenty sweet enough, contains only three ingredients, and took very little time. Apparently some folks just use water in their smoothies, so if you don’t have almond milk, or want to keep it even simpler, you could try that.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup almond milk
Blend until smooth.
Now, I’m new to smoothies, so I can appreciate that this recipe is pretty rudimentary. Still, it’s a start, and given how quick they are to rustle up on a busy morning, I look forward to getting fancier in the future.
How about you guys? Are you into smoothies? Got a favourite recipe?