May 8, 2007

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

(This one’s my contribution to Meeta’s Monthly Mingle. It’s an event that all food bloggers look forward to. The theme of the month is apt – “Spring is in the air”.)

Note of thanks: A big THANKS to Sig who provided me the link to a great watermarking software. Hugs to you, Sig!

After a long, long wait, winter has shut its doors and made way for spring. I had heard so much about spring since I came to US that I was looking forward to it for two reasons – I was terribly tired of the snow and cold, and because I had heard so much. Well, the wait was worth it. The trees were gifted back their dresses, the birds came out of their hiding places, the flowers smiled and welcomed spring, and we could finally go out without jackets Spring for me = vibrant colors. I wanted to make something that showcased my favorite color for the MM (Monthly Mingle).

I don’t know about you, but I sure do panic when I see fruits decaying. It’s as if I am murdering them, snatching away their life. I usually see to it that we consume fruits as soon as we buy them. But, my calculations go wrong at times or we concentrate our attention on eating other stuff, leaving the fruits scorning at us from the table or refrigerator. This time there was a whole pack of strawberries and couple of bananas that were demanding our attention. I was pondering what to do with them when I remembered that I had a recipe and I wanted to make a smoothie since a long time.

So, what’s exactly a smoothie? It’s a cool, refreshing beverage prepared by blending together fruits, juices, or chocolates. It’s quite similar to a milkshake. Most of the supermarkets sell smoothies in different brands and flavors, but if you have all the ingredients at home, then why not have fun while making a smoothie at home? Some time back, Nupur had made Giant Cauliflower Puff from a wonderful book highlighting breakfast items. I was lucky to find the same book in my local library.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

(Adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Café)
Serves: 1
Drink making level: Easy
Preparation time: 10 minutes

To make the smoothie:
1.Blend together ½ cup orange juice, 1 medium-sized ripe banana, 8-10 large strawberries, and ½ cup vanilla yoghurt. Puree to the desired consistency. The author mentions that a smoothie need not be smooth. So, if you like to have some fruit chunks in your smoothie, blend accordingly.
2.Add 1-2 tbsps lemon juice to the smoothie. Serve cold.

Delightful reads:
1.Nupur would hate to leave back her blender in the event of her home being on fire:)
2.Mango Smoothie
3.Breakfast smoothie
4.Mixed berry smoothie
5. Orange strawberry smoothie
6. Banana Fig smoothie
7. Mixed fruit smoothie


bee said...

which watermarking software is it, swapna?

Sig said...

Yum...that sure looks delightfully refreshing... I am guilty of sometimes letting fruits waste away, recipes like this will come in handy for me...

BTW glad to see the watermark software is working for you :)

musical said...

Having this smoothie on a summer noon would be so refershing. LA is warming up, i want some of this :).

Great one, Swaps.

Meeta said...

YUMMY! need one now. Thank you for this delightful entry!

Vcuisine said...

looks yummy swapna. Viji

DEEPA said...

yummy and mouth watering swapna ...refreshing drink ...

Sharmi said...

that is a great one! will have to make it. nice pic.

swapna said...

That looks fantastic swapna.u know onething...i have prepared this smoothie for my daughter two days back.She liked it so much..

Reena said...

When I checked earlier I could see the pictures. Now when I came to comment i can't :(. The smoothie looked so good then.

Swapna said...

Sig: Thanks to you dear!
Musical: Let me connect a straw from KY to LA and I'll pour the smoothie in it.
Meeta: Thanks for the comment and for hosting the lovely event.
Viji, Deepa, Sharmi: Thanks for your lovely comments.
Swapna: This smoothie is really a cool one, no wonder your daughter loved it:)
Reena: The smoothie's still looking good. I uploaded the image again, don't know what went wrong. Thanks for the comment.

burekaboy said...

hi swapna :) thanks for your comment on my blog.

wow, wonder why this drink looks so familiar?! LOL. very similar indeed.

btw...that quote in your header from madame benoit surprised me because i have not heard her name in many years -- she had a show in the province where i live and wrote many books; i remember her from when i was very young.