When you want a nourishing and refreshing breakfast drink make a Smoothie. This Smoothie recipe is compliments of my great friend, Linda Lange. I decided to put this recipe within the Food Nirvana category of Breakfast and Brunch Delights instead of within the Beverages section as it is truly a meal and not simply a beverage.
The basic idea is to blend a mixture of fresh and frozen and some liquid ingredients at high speed in a blender to create a slurry that can be drunk directly from a glass or by using a straw. Note that you can substitute some items; for example, use fresh cherries instead of cherry juice. I am considering using orange juice instead of coconut water. You may want to add additional ingredients as well. I plan to add seedless red grapes.
Fresh fruit purchased in typical supermarket quantities can be pre-processed, like hulling and cutting a pound or two of ripe strawberries, or cutting peeled ripe bananas into 1" chunks. Those cut fruit pieces can be kept separated from each other on a cookie tray and frozen in the deep freeze, and then put into plastic bags and left in the deep freeze for later use. That procedure assures that the fresh fruit will not degrade before it is used.
Makes two 12 ounce Smoothies
1/2 cup of coconut water
1/2 of a ripe banana
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen ripe strawberries
1/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of cherry juice
1/4 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple tidbits
Put all of the ingredients into a blender.
Run the blender on high speed until all ingredients are completely mixed. If you have too many frozen ingredients that keep the mixture from processing properly then take one cup of the mixture and microwave it until it is melted, then add it back into the blender and resume processing.
Serve the Smoothies in two chilled 12 ounce glasses, with or without a straw in each glass.