Recipe,  summer

Banana Berry Smoothies!

We are anxiously awaiting the start of the U Pick Strawberry Season here in Wisconsin…it’s gotten off to a slow start due to the unseasonably cool (and by cool I mean that I think a few days ago it actually got down to 40 degrees) spring we’ve been having.  Last year was my first experience with picking strawberries and I’ve been dreaming thinking about it ever since.  There’s a big farm not far from here that gives you a hay ride out to the fields and drops you off with your empty baskets and lets you go to town.  The kids loved it last year and I can’t wait to take them back.  Especially now that they’re bigger and will be able to haul a lot more strawberries.  They need to earn their keep somehow.  I’m serious.

Anywho-since the strawberries are taking their sweet old time ripening up this time around I decided not to wait for one of my favorite by products of strawberry season….Smoothies!
I found some delightfully imported ones along with some lovely raspberries at my local Sam’s Club yesterday-so began my mission for today.

I actually took some step by step pics of our process earlier this afternoon to share with everyone.  The kids thought I was insane.  “Who would want to look at a picture of a yogurt container, Mom??”  I don’t know.  Probably no one.  But that’s what food bloggers do, right?  I have no idea.  And I’m not suggesting that I’m a food blogger.  Or a photography blogger.  I’m not sure if I’m even a blogger blogger.  But at any rate, here we go….

 We started with these gorgeous fresh berries.  They were gorgeous even though we had to settle for foreign berries from far off lands where they have sun and warmth in mid June.  I hear places like that exist.
This was a new one for me.  I used frozen bananas.  I heard somewhere that you should slice up a banana right before it gets too ripe to eat and put it in a freezer bag and save them for smoothies.  It seemed like a logical idea so I went with it.  I can say that I don’t think it detracted or enhanced the resulting smoothie in any way but it was a nice way not to waste icky ripe bananas.

Here’s my “she thinks she’s cool like one of those hip food bloggers” gratuitous shot of the yogurt.  I like to use vanilla flavored yogurt in smoothies.  I think I ended up using about 1/3 of this container.  Just sayin’.

 Again with the me thinking I’m cool shot of myself getting some crushed ice from the fridge dispenser.  I think crushed ice and water from the fridge door is one of the world’s highly under rated modern conveniences, by the way. Big fan. 

All the ingredients are globbed together and ready to go in the blender.  Apparently this is a very anxiety provoking step and looks of fear and/or nail biting are not only accepted but encouraged.

And now we’re off and running with the whole blending process.  Again, this is apparently not only scary but extremely loud.  I encourage you to take the necessary precautions.

The “she may have a shot as a food blogger after all!” action shot of the pouring of the smoothie.

The final product…not only yummy but pretty too!  Can you hear my kids screaming in the background? “Mom!! Why are you taking a picture of the smoothies?! We just want to drink them!! You’re so weird!”

Ahhhh…worth the wait!  Did you notice my daughter is wearing a tee shirt with a strawberry on it?  Yeah..I planned that.  I forced her to go upstairs and change before we made the smoothies because we must adhere to the theme of the day at all times around here.  (Not really-that was just pure luck. The kind of luck that makes my weirdo brand of OCD take a huge sigh of relief that all is right with the world)

Miss A is digging her smoothie.  I can’t say as I blame her!
Now go forth into the world and make yourself a smoothie! You won’t regret it!


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