Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cook With Style Tuesday - Smoothies

Q. I love smoothies. What's the key to making a good one?

A. Smoothies are awesome! They taste great and are full of minerals and vitamins. Plus you can whip them up as quickly as a 90-second Ramones’ tune.

The beauty is no recipe is required. Nice!!! Just keep these 3 main elements of a smoothie in mind and you’ll never go wrong.

First you’ll want something sweet. Fresh fruit or berries are always a good choice. You can also use honey to can crank up the sweetness factor.

Next we don’t want our smoothie to be as thick as ice cream so a liquid is required. Any type of fruit juice works. Milk from a mooing cow or soy milk can also be used.

Finally a smoothie requires something to thicken it up and make it….well…smooth. A banana, yogurt or even crushed ice can do the trick.

Don't be shy to add some additional touches so its flavor fits your style. It could be a touch of vanilla, a few pinches of nutmeg or allspice or even some type of liqueur. Malibu rum anyone?

Here are 3 you can try.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Orange-Almond Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Do you have a smooth cooking question? Send your e-mail to brent@cookapalooza.com or tweet it to @kitchenroadie

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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