Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Not Just another Smoothie - Frozen Peachy Kiwi-y Nutty Smoothie

There isn’t really a recipe for smoothies…..     Decide what you want to add and whirr away!


There are often smoothies presented by different food companies and even recipes posted on blogs or in cookbooks.  Most ‘recipes’ are simply suggestions as to what great taste combinations can be made to satisfy the need for ‘frozen’ and ‘delicious’.

It doesn’t matter which season, I prefer ‘frozen’ versus liquid or ‘pudding-y’ type smoothies.


One ingredient that I haven’t added yet is spinach. Maybe it’s because I haven’t tried blanching, freezing and adding it.   So that one is still in the planning mode.

I prefer to freeze my own fruits, because I do not add any sweeteners before freezing.  A couple of frozen fruit is a nice quick treat on a hot day too.

There are frozen fruits without sugar in the food cases at grocery stores, just check the label to omit the ones with added sugar or any other sweetener.  I have tried store-bought frozen strawberry/banana and frozen pineapple that did not have sugar.  They were just like fresh.

For quite a few years, I have frozen strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  Within the past year, I started freezing peaches, nectarines, kiwis and even  broccoli (cutting into smaller pieces and blanching).

So maybe, I could quickly blanch the spinach or kale, spin dry a bit, spread on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Then it would not be all clumped up and easier to puree.

Although, sugar is not a nutrient that should be ingested in unlimited quantities, the sugar from fruit is still sugar and should be balanced between the high and low sugar varieties.

At one point, I always added bananas to smoothies, now it is once or twice a week, because of the higher sugar content.

I also discovered that I purchased sweetened almond milk.  Although it adds only 3 grams of sugar, it’s a definitely a no-no.

When I make a smoothie, it is actually a meal for me.


This is the latest of my ‘frozen deliciousness’.


Frozen Peachy Kiwi-y Nutty Smoothie

 Frozen Peachy Kiwi-ey Nutty Smoothie

Ingredients  (all fruits are frozen)
          
  • 1 small peach
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (this one is sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup natural almonds

Procedures

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or tall container except the almonds.   
  • Blend or use a stick blender to puree to a fluffy mix.  Stir if necessary and puree again. 
  • Add Almonds and pulse just enough to chop the almonds.

Frozen Peachy Kiwi-ey Nutty Smoothie - adding almonds   Frozen Peachy Kiwi-ey Nutty Smoothie - adding almonds another view


  • Chopped almonds can also be stirred in after the other ingredients are puréed.

  • Enjoy!   Serve immediately, eat with a spoon.


Peach and Kiwi flavors are dominant

Servings: 1

Nutrition Facts - as prepared
472 calories, 20.1g total fat, 12g monounsaturated fat, 5.1g polyunsaturated fat, <1g trans fatty acids, <1g trans-monoenoic fatty acids, <1g trans-polyenoic fatty acids, 4.3g linoleic acid, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 89.2mg sodium, 369.7mg calcium, 1106.8mg potassium, 70.6mcg folate, 335.9mg phosphorus, 28.9mg phytosterols, 0mcg lycopene, 2mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, 1.5mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, 129.8mg vitamin c, 50IU vitamin d, 2.4mg zinc, 57.1g carbohydrates, 12.8g fiber, 44.3g net carbohydrates, 33.8g sugar, 10.2g fructose, <1g galactose, 10.3g glucose, 0g lactose, <1g maltose, 9.3g sucrose, 1.4mg stigmasterol, 23.3g protein, 0mg caffeine, 11.9 points.

Frozen broccoli and kiwi
This broccoli can also be used for quick stir-fries or microwaved to thaw and eat. It has been washed, trimmed and any bad spots removed.
Frozen Peachy Kiwi-ey Nutty Smoothie - Broccoli   
I have even eaten this frozen, just like frozen bananas.
Frozen Peachy Kiwi-ey Nutty Smoothie -Kiwi

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