You Can Tell the Sun Not to Shine, But I Am Never Going to Stop Making Smoothies

I love fruit. I have always loved fruit. My first favorite ice cream flavor was even strawberry, though I would only eat it if it had the little pieces of real fruit.

I went out for ice cream with my family once when I was only four or five. We went to a small ice cream shop in Southern California, where we lived at the time. I was used to the Very Berry Strawberry flavor at Baskin-Robbins. That was the flavor I wanted. But the strawberry ice cream they had didn’t have any pieces of strawberries. I picked another flavor, grumped over to a corner table (as I often did as a kid), and played with Seaweed, my favorite TY Beanie Baby, until my ice cream was ready.

Somewhere around age 12 or 13, I started getting into smoothies. I used to buy them at the mall or beg my mom for a Jamba Juice whenever we visited my nonna in California. The first smoothies I made at home were simple: strawberries, bananas, and orange juice. I have since transitioned, though strawberries and bananas are still my favorites, and I have been enjoying smoothie bowls as well now.

Here are a few of my recent smoothie bowls:

berry» Berry Full of Antioxidants
Blend: fresh and frozen bananas, frozen berries (raspberries,
blueberries, and blackberries), chia seeds, water
Top with: bananas, strawberries, shredded coconut, chia seeds

tropical» Island Fresh
Blend: fresh and frozen bananas, mango, pineapple, shredded coconut, water
Top with: mango, pineapple, shredded coconut

IMG_5915» Banana-Rama Vanilla
Blend: fresh and frozen bananas, (2-2 1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
Top with: mango and raspberries 

In general, I throw in whatever ingredients I have available, so I didn’t really list specific amounts of anything. Use what you have and as much as you like. Taste as you go. The Banana-Rama Vanilla is a fruitier version of a delicious “banana ice cream” I’ve been making for the last few years, but still not too sweet, in my opinion. Every now and then, I do find a combination that simply does not work. I have not been able to nail any avocado smoothies yet… But you never know until you try!

My favorite thing about smoothies and smoothie bowls is when I eat them and pretend I am somewhere tropical, sunny, and warm. Let me put on my sunglasses and soak up some sun through the skylight while I enjoy all of this delicious fruit and wait for spring to kick in.

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2 thoughts on “You Can Tell the Sun Not to Shine, But I Am Never Going to Stop Making Smoothies

  1. Aunt Nancy says:

    Strawberry ice cream is still my favorite – and it MUST have pieces of real strawberries, of course. I would have been grumpy without BR real strawberry too. Nothing to be ashamed about. Sincerely your smoothie bowls look SO good. Make me one this summer at the shore, please??

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