This smoothie is endlessly variable, so long as you stick to the basic proportions of liquids to frozen fruit. And whatever fruit you opt for, don’t leave out the frozen banana. In addition to being super- healthy (and frugal), it’s the key to giving this and any smoothie a thick, milkshake-like consistency.
And if you want to make this extra healthy, without changing the flavor or color, add 1 packed cup fresh (not frozen!) spinach leaves. No kidding. With the dark color of the blueberries, you will not even see it, and its neutral flavor is undetectable (even to my picky son and husband). It’s a great way to sneak some vegetables into your breakfast or snack.
1 1/2 cups blueberries, frozen
1 small banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lowfat milk (or almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk)
1 cup lowfat vanilla or blueberry yogurt
Optional: 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick and smooth.
Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.