08 July 2011


hey, it only took me half a glass to remember a photo!

I kinda forgot about smoothies for a while. Duh!

Maybe I OD'd on them in college: San Luis Obispo is, as you all certainly know, the birthplace of Jamba Juice (known then as Juice Club... fancy).

So, it had been a while. But, our usual Saturday breakie routine reminded me of it: we always make blueberry sourdough pancakes and have some of Toby's homemade breakfast sausage (the best ever; I'll post soon)... which is a delicious start to the weekend.

But a couple of weeks ago, it just seemed that we might balance out all that Saturday morning bready, meaty goodness with some, ya know, vitamins. We needed to drink some berries!

Am I the only one who sort of forgot about smoothies? Well, if you're in my camp, consider this a gentle prod. They couldn't be easier and seem to please the little ones. Especially if they're allowed to help dump in the ingredients. My little man was thrilled the first time the blender screamed to life and buzzed up a pretty pink treat.

This is almost too simple (I see your eyes rolling!) to write up as a recipe, but again... just a reminder!



Simple Berry Smoothies
made 2 pint glasses and 1 kid cup

2 cups orange juice
2 cups frozen mixed berries (yes, it's berry season, but if you use frozen, you can omit ice)
1 ripe banana
big scoop of yogurt (we use Fage--full fat)

Buzz in the blender till smooth. Drink with straws. Ahhh, ice cream headache.


Extra credit: freeze this mix as popsicles!




  1. I love smoothies. I bought a magic bullet to make them at work. You should try some coconut milk to sub for the orange juice. It's so dang good. Plus I love adding mint, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, but I don't know if Jacky would think that was gross or not.

    I'm going to make yogurt this weekend. Wish me luck.

  2. I was a homemade smoothie virgin until about a month ago. Now I drink them every day. Yum-a-doodle-doo!

    My favorite combo is unsweetened coconut milk and/or almond milk with mangos and blueberries and/or blackberries. I also add raw protein powder. Great way to start the day.

    If I have I my act together, I make a double batch the night before so they're nice and chilled and thick the next morning. I found these great glasses with lids at the C & B Outlet in Berkeley. This is the 14 oz version. I got the 21 oz. You can fill two with a blender full.

  3. i third unsweetened coconut milk!
    we've been on a smoothie kick somethin' fierce over here, too!!

    dylan calls 'em smoovies.

    love jacky licking the lid, too... smart guy!


  4. I've never been a fan of deceiving my children when it comes to food, but smoothies are the best way to get mine to eat huge quantities of spinach! Between the fruit and the yogurt, they don't seem to mind. :)

  5. mmm, coconut milk -- totally going to try it! thanks for all the ideas guys! Might have to try the spices, Desi. They're so good for you, and Jacky used to eat curried lentils everyday for lunch (till I got sick of it), so perhaps he's still game.


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