Okay, I'm going to apologize right now for being redundant and posting another smoothie recipe.
But this one was so good that I couldn't resist. AND it answered part of a question that Britt asked me yesterday. So here you go.
This morning, I went to make myself a smoothie. I was going to make the same thing as yesterday because, well, it was awesome. But then, I looked in the fruit drawer and realized that I only had 4 oranges left.
Now, that seems like a decent number of oranges, but here in my juicing-smoothie world, it isn't. Especially when Chris is going to be using all of them up in the next 2 days. He seems to be coming down with something, so I'm going to make him a bunch of juice and hope that all the goodness kicks whatever this is. We have a busy weekend ahead. Okay, so I probably could have used one and been fine, but I didn't. I just decided that I would use more pineapple, because it is super juicy. (Sorry, Britt! I couldn't cut that out. It needs to get used!!)
So then I opened the container of spinach. Nope. Couldn't use that either. Chris is using that too.
What. The. Heck.
Okay, so I suppose that I could have just used it. We do have a lot of kale. But I am seriously trying to get the man better. For one, this is ovulation week. And for two, we have a busy weekend planned and I don't really want to have to change plans because he's sick.
Anyway, what I ended up with is a pineapple-kiwi-strawberry-banana smoothie. And it is pretty much amazing.
Britt asked me yesterday if we could do a citrus-free smoothie, and the answer is yes. Instead of using orange juice, use milk (skim, whole, soy, almond, whatever you want). You can also use yogurt, or even applesauce. Now that one, I have never tried. But I don't think it would be bad--especially if you're using homemade applesauce (which I will post on soon, because I have a batch going right now). Anyway, just be aware that whatever you're putting in is going to mess with the taste and texture, so try a little at a time and experiment with it.
Now for mine, I didn't have orange juice. And because of the fruit I had available, I didn't really think that a dairy product would be good. So I decided to use the juice from the pineapple. There was a decent amount collected in the container, so I just poured a little into the blender, along with several chunks of pineapple and the sliced kiwi. Then that got blended until smooth.
After that, I thawed my strawberries (a little more than usual) and added them along with one chunk of banana. I figured that would be enough to mellow out the kind of tangy, tropical flavors. And it was!
Smoothies are totally a "to taste" thing. They can be thin or thick, smooth or a little chunky. It just depends on what you're using and what you're going for. As for me, I like mine a little thicker, but nice and smooth.