Smoothies: Sweet, nutritious, delicious

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:42 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:55 a.m.
The Peach Dreamsicle smoothie is made with ice, peaches, frozen concentrated orange juice and almond milk.
The Peach Dreamsicle smoothie is made with ice, peaches, frozen concentrated orange juice and almond milk.

The very first blender I owned was passed down from my parents.

It had a slight crack up the side but still managed to produce a frosty beverage.

When the crack started to grow, I knew it was time to let it go.

I lived without a blender for about two years until last week when I decided to purchase a tiny, red, single-serve model.

After listening to my co-worker, Shavonne Potts, talk about the amazing smoothies she had been making, I started to get envious.

The first smoothie I tried using the blender was a concoction of frozen strawberries, a fresh banana and ice. It was OK, but nothing phenomenal.

So I decided I’d seek out some advice.

The first stop was Facebook, where I asked Post readers for their suggestions. I received one email from Brian Pfaff.

I visited Brian’s kitchen about a month ago for my series “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Sarah,” so I knew it would be fantastic.

Shavonne gave me a recipe she had tried a couple of times.

Then I took to Pinterest, where I found recipes that included everything from kiwi to watermelon. I picked two smoothies to try from there.

Berry Buzz

Brian’s smoothie included blueberries, strawberries and a banana.

This was my favorite smoothie because it was so flavorful.

The Greek yogurt gave it a creamy taste and the almond milk made it incredibly smooth.

I actually split this recipe in half because my blender is so small. The original recipe makes enough smoothies for several people.

One word of warning I will provide is that you should probably eat this smoothie immediately. It starts to get a bit murky if you make it and set it aside.

Pineapple Peanut Butter Punch

Shavonne warned that I should follow this recipe closely, but I didn’t miss it. I thought it would be tasty to add a little bit more peanut butter, but that taste became overwhelming.

This one also wasn’t as sweet as I expected, but I’m pretty sure that’s my fault. The banana I used was still a bit green. I would suggest using a very ripe banana for this one.

Kiwi Banana Slam

This was the most disappointing smoothie.

I couldn’t really taste the kiwi at all and the banana was, again, not quite ripe enough.

I think this one could be a lot better with about half a banana instead of a whole one. The banana taste was way too overwhelming.

I would also suggest adding more honey if you have a sweet tooth.

Peach Dreamsicle

This smoothie has been named the Peach Dreamsicle because it taste almost exactly like an orange creamsicle.

Don’t change a thing about this recipe; it’s spot on.

I didn’t use fresh peaches for simplicity’s sake. Instead, I bought canned peaches packed in water.

I doubt there is a major difference, although I admit fresh is usually better.

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