Smoothies existed before the introduction of the Waring blender in 1935, but they were little more than a combination of fruit, juice and ice. Not so smooth. It wasn’t until Waring perfected and marketed the first modern blender, designed to efficiently puree fruits and vegetables that the fruit smoothie truly found the mainstream. Popularity of the cool and creamy drink grew, reaching new heights during the health food craze of the 1970s. In recent years, the smoothie has found a new ally in the alarmingly powerful Vitamix. If you can grow it, you can drink it through a straw.
The varieties of smoothie are legion. Still, it’s hard to argue with the classics. When strawberry season arrives hand in hand with warm weather willing to stick around, it’s time to break out the blender.
The simple strawberry smoothie recipe below is a great place to get started when strawberries are in season. The bright, simple, sweet taste of strawberries complemented by the subtle tanginess of yogurt is hard to improve upon. That said, it is an ongoing pleasure to try.
As a plethora of fruits and vegetables come into season, many will find a happy home when added to the mix. Peaches, raspberries and blueberries are no-brainers, but don’t stop there. Celery, cucumbers or carrots all pair well. Raid the herb garden and spice up your smoothie with a bit of mint or basil. Even spinach is a welcome addition, although the kids might not agree. Extracts in small doses are another way to add flavor and a little honey might get you back on track if you venture into bitter territory. Let your palate be your guide.
When it comes to adding the chill to the smoothie, ice will do the job, but why waste the opportunity to boost flavor instead of simply watering it down? Frozen orange juice cubes are an easy fix. Better still, keep frozen fruit like bananas or blueberries on hand to bring the cold.
Every smoothie is an adventure. For now, I’ll have strawberry please. My thanks to Fred Waring for helping to make springtime a little bit tastier.
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 frozen orange juice cubes* or 1/2 cup frozen fruit
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.
*Pour orange juice into an ice cube tray, freeze and transfer into a Ziploc bag to store in freezer. Plain ice cubes may be substituted in a smoothie emergency.