The Perfect Smoothie

I love…adore…am obsessed with…smoothies.  I’m that person who can’t get sick of smoothies.  I would love to have the recipes and ingredients from the Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  I’d have them for every meal if I could.  Maybe someday I’ll get to when I lose all my teeth and have to go on an all-liquids diet in the nursing home.  :)I even did this green smoothie challenge this past May.  It was awesome.  It was only awesome when I had a better blender though (still waiting for the email/call that says I won a free Blendtec but until then, mine works fine).  The Magic Bullet just didn’t cut it.  But seriously, I liked the majority of the smoothies (adding nuts is not so good, FYI…but maybe that’s because I don’t have a fancy blender).  Try out the challenge if you feel ambitious.  It actually made me not taste the greens by the end.  Brilliant.

When I make my own smoothies, I just kind of throw stuff in and don’t measure.  Sometimes they’re to die for and other times they’re just okay.  Yesterday it was AMAZING.  The kids gulped it down like there was no tomorrow.  So I decided to try to replicate it today and it was just as good, if not better.  So I’m documenting what I put in and approximately how much so you all can share in my smoothie-making awesomeness.

The Perfect Smoothie

  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana (To freeze:  peel and put on baking sheet; then flash freeze in the freezer for 30 minutes or half a day or whatever you want; then take out and put in baggies and stick in the freezer.  When I put mine on the baking sheet, I split them in half in case I don’t need a whole one, and they fit better in a sandwich bag that way).
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 cups orange juice (I’ve also used vanilla almond milk and I like it but my picky 3-year-old only likes it with juice)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I’ve used Greek yogurt in the past but this time I used Stonyfield’s Organic French Vanilla)
  • Handful of greens (I didn’t use greens this time around because I don’t have any but I typically like fresh, not bagged, kale or baby spinach)

Blend the greens with the liquid.  Then add the rest and blend, put a lovely straw in it, and enjoy.  This makes enough for me and my 2 kids (approximately 4 cups worth I think).

Note:  I like my smoothies on the thicker side.  So you may have to adjust the amount of liquid to your liking/to your blender’s capability.  Also, no sugar is needed–this is a pretty sweet smoothie already.

Happy slurping!


  1. Shaping Up says:

    […] an adventurous eater).  But this challenge helped me to grow to enjoy green smoothies.  Tip: Blend your greens and liquid first before adding the other ingredients so you aren’t chewing your greens (HUGE […]

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