Try making a smoothie at home and you might find yourself both thrilled and dismayed -- thrilled at how easy it was yet dismayed to realize you've been paying too much at smoothie shops. You can enjoy this delicious and healthy snack whenever you want to, quickly and inexpensively. Play with the taste by combining different fresh and frozen fruits with your favorite plain or flavored yogurt. It's hard to go wrong with a homemade smoothie.
Things You'll Need
- Blender that can handle ice
- Milk or soy milk
- 1 cup of yogurt, plain or flavored
- Banana and other fresh fruits
- Frozen bagged fruit, optional
- Vanilla extract, optional
- Sweetener, optional
Throw ice cubes into a blender and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk or soy milk. Blend on any setting to start breaking the ice cubes into chips. If you are using frozen fruit, put it in with the ice and start chopping it up.
Add the cup of yogurt and chunks of any fresh fruit you are using. Set your blender to liquefy, if you have that option. When the yogurt and fruit have blended together, stop to check the consistency of the smoothie and the taste. Add a few drops of vanilla extract or a squirt of honey or agave nectar if it needs sweetening.
Use a spoon to stir the smoothie. If you encounter chunks of frozen fruit or ice, or if it is too thick, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk or soy milk and blend another 30 seconds. If the smoothie isn't thick enough, add more frozen fruit or ice and continue blending until it reaches the desired consistency.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't want to use milk, substitute about 1/4 cup of juice instead.
- Always keep the lid on the blender when you are mixing the smoothie.