Our previous blender was a wedding gift. 13 years using it every few months apparently was too much for it to handle. So we purchased not only a machine that could blend, but also a food processor!! I'm kind of excited about that. Apparently not excited enough to actually try it out yet - but when that next recipe calls for it, I'm ready to crunch ingredients.
Anyway - we decided that we would try making smoothies for breakfast last week while the girls were here. I've been searching for recipes to try out so that maybe during the school year we could have Friday mornings be smoothie mornings. Something different, fun, and yet still some bit of healthiness.
Our first batch involved bananas and strawberries, some orange juice and 3 ice cubes. This was met with shrugs mostly. I don't think anyone was ready to drop the Cocoa Puffs for these. We took a poll, including a taste-test from Mike in the basement for what we thought was missing.
And when I say "we" I mean "they". I thought smoothies would be something I could like. I don't like fruit, but I like grape juice and grape jelly and apple juice, so I thought maybe it would all blend together and I wouldn't really taste anything. Not true. Bananas are fairly potent so unless I'm being served a chocolate smoothie, there's little chance I'll be partaking of this concoction. (Don't feel bad for me - a chocolate smoothie recipe was one of the first recipes I
Anyway - they choked down the first batch and we started over. This time we threw caution to the wind and added whatever we thought it needed. The new variation included a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream flavored protein powder, a spoonful of sugar, OJ, more strawberries, less bananas, milk and more ice. Lots more ice, actually.
And they were all pleasantly surprised with the results.
It wasn't the perfect results, but a good start so we stopped. We also happened to run out of strawberries. We'll keep looking for new recipes and hopefully we'll find that favorite before too long. Maybe even before school starts.