Monday, April 10, 2006

No place for beginners or sensitive hearts.

A while ago I remember Cooks Illustrated did an article about perfect smoothies. Unfortunately for me, their perfect recipe was made with milk, and my insides can only tolerate so much dairy. I like to use yogurt in my smoothies, so there is some protein, but if I add milk to that, I have a miserable day.

Sorry. More information than you needed, I know. But the point is that ever since I started making smoothies for breakfast four or five summers ago, I have been trying to figure out what liquid to add so that they don't have the consistency of oatmeal.


Sure, you can use rice milk or soy milk, but those always make the flavor just a little odd. Though if you don't mind the slightly odd flavor, and the slightly brownish tint (which I think tends to ruin the bright freshness of the smoothie), then soy milk is your answer, given all its nutritious goodness. Rice milk doesn't seem to add much, I've found, except a little milki-that-is-not-milk-ness.

But apple juice (and probably white grape, though I've not tried that) keeps the fruit emphasis, and you don't use enough to mask the flavor of the real fruit in there. Also the juice adds a little sweetness so you don't need to add sugar.

Also, using frozen berries (that you buy frozen or freeze yourself) means you don't need ice, which can thin out the whole thing.

Here is a decent mixture. I often double it.

1 banana
1-2 cups frozen berries (blueberries or mixed)
1/2 cup apple juice
3/4 - 1 cup plain yogurt

Then blend the hell out of it. Feel free to play with the proportions to suit your preferences. Play with seasonal fruits. Play with frozen fruits (frozen mango chunks were disappointing un-mango-ish). When it's peach season around here, then peach is the answer.

Because I could not decide between Sade and Rob Thomas, there is no musical accompaniment. Sing to yourself.


Joe said...

> When it's peach season
> around here, then peach
> is the answer.

Mmmn, fresh peaches...reminds me of:

Kramer: Well, they're in...

Jerry: What's in?


Jerry: Aah! .. right. The ones from Oregon that are only ripe for two weeks a year..

Kramer: Yeah Yeah I split a case with Newman..I waited all year for this.. Oooh this is fantastic..

Makes your taste buds come alive....It's like having a circus in your mouth.....Take a taste

Jerry: Nah, I don't wanna

Kramer: Come on ,Just take a taste

Jerry: I don't want it..

Kramer: Come on JUST TASTE!!!

Jerry: I DON'T WANT IT ....


Jerry: I am not gonna taste your peach. I ate some one's pecan last night, I'm not gonna eat your peach.

Kramer: Jerry , this is a miracle of nature that exists for a brief period. It's like the Aurora Borealis.

Rebecca said...

I tried the recipe yesterday, and I think it was very good. However, as I have learned in the past but forgot, grapes with skins are not a good addition to a smoothie.