Recipe - Summer Smoothies
The summer sun
swelters outside. Inside it is warm, the fruit bowl sits
lusciously on the window sill, bursting with seasonal plenty –
peaches, mangoes, grapes as well as the year round banana. All
of the fruit is at point of perfect ripeness, begging to be
eaten right now before it descends into a pool of pulp.
It could have stayed in the fridge and been brought
out in economical relays to ripen for a day, but there is
something about a full fruit bowl, a promise of health and
succulence, that time and again makes me arrange it as a
still life, as I unpack the shopping, only to be
wrong-footed when it all ripens at the same time. Typically
the children are only bothering to eat apples, which last
forever in the fridge. Desperate measures are called for.
It is time to make smoothies. Even children, who wouldn’t
give a second glance to raw fruit, can usually be beguiled
by a smoothy. It is also a special treat for adults, an easy
thing to do for visitors who drop by, when it’s too hot for
tea. Any ripe fruit can be used, even if it is slightly
overripe, as long as it still smells good and not
fermenting. You get a mega-dose of vitamins, plus calcium
from the yoghurt and milk, almost a meal in itself. Healthy
eating in a glass!
Giving a recipe for a smoothy is hardly necessary. It
depends on what you have in the house already. Use this
example as a template and adapt and change it as you like.
As long as you use fruit that is truly ripe, it’ll be
delicious. The one essential piece of equipment is a
liquidiser or food processor, without that I’d just have to
force feed the children the fruit as is, it is far too
laborious to puree fruit by hand on a hot summer’s day. The
joy making smoothies is the effortlessness.
No set quantities, but as a guide I’d use one mango with
one or two bananas. Just peel and stone the fruit, fling it
into the liquidiser with a large dollop of plain yoghurt and
a cup of milk and blitz. If it is too thick for your liking
add more milk. Chuck in some ice cubes for instant chill
A tip for dealing with mangoes: without
peeling, slice off both the long sides as close to the stone
as you can., cut the flesh in a criss-cross fashion to make
1cm cubes, without going right through the skin, then push
the skin up to invert the cubes into a mango hedgehog! The
children eat them like this and a very messy business it is,
needing a bath afterwards.
Suggestions for fruit combinations:
Mango and banana
Pear, berry and banana
Strawberry and banana
Peach, apricot and banana
Any fruit in the whole wide world can be added to this list,
experiment with whatever is in season and make up your own
Bananas make a good background for most
other fruits and give a good velvety texture, besides being
the most likely fruit to have around overripe. If you want
to move away from the healthy fruit scenario, you can use
bananas with a few teaspoons of hot chocolate to make a
scrummy, decadent milkshake.
Or go the whole way and put a blob of
vanilla ice-cream in too. I remember as a child, my mother
adding a raw egg to ours to build us up. It made it
wonderfully frothy, but then nobody worried about salmonella
in those days – I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have a
guaranteed source of salmonella-free eggs.
have berries of any sort stashed in the freezer, you can
throw in a handful still frozen and watch the colour
transform as you blitz. Mulberries, blackberries,
youngberries, blueberries all add deep colour and plenty of
useful nutrients, loads of anti-oxidants – instant immune
boosters in winter, if you can keep them until then.
I usually freeze strawberries as
puree, when the strawberry harvest overwhelms us, so can
bring it out for a change later on in the year. The other
berries I freeze whole, stalks and leaves picked off, so
they are ready to use. You can also buy frozen berries in
mixed packs, which would work fine.
you’re using, let the children press the buttons on the
liquidiser and then dole out the smoothie, in glasses with
straws, easy in the knowledge that the vitamin quota for the
day is being filled.
About the Author:
Kit Heathcock - worked and travelled in Italy for many
years, is passionate about food and loves being a fulltime
mother. Co-creator of
home of original flower pictures and
Here is a great smoothy : Cup of frozen blueberries, cup of frozen whole strawberries, one
banana with a little bit of milk in the blender. If you like it sweet add a
little bit of sugar. OMG it takes delicious !