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.
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.
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.
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.
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.