A big glass of orange juice
A handful of frozen strawberries
A frozen banana (the one that got too ripe
and you tossed in the freezer last week), remove the
peel by zapping the frozen banana in the microwave for
about 30 seconds
A big glop of plain yogurt (I prefer the tangy Armenian
brands, none of that sweetened stuff)
Extras: You may throw in some of whatever
squishy fruit you have on hand. I like pulpy orange juice
so I sometimes toss in a couple of slices of orange.
1 also like kiwi, blueberries, mangoes, and papayas.
fruits like honeydew don't seem to work. Forget about
pears or apples, the blender can't handle them.
Put the yogurt in the blender first, and
then add the orange juice. This is very important; if
you slop the yogurt in after, you are likely to splatter
juice all over your bathrobe (or whatever you wore to
bed). If you or others are still asleep, place the blender
in the closet or stash it in a
cabinet before you start blending. No one likes being
awakened by a snarling Mixmaster! Now make sure you have
the lid on the blender. No one likes cleaning the ceiling.
Hit the highest speed button and slowly add the frozen
banana (did you peel it?) and frozen strawberries.
By using frozen fruit you avoid having
to use ice cubes which are very noisy in a blender and
add nothing to the taste. Overripe bananas are best because
they have the most flavor and no one will eat them any
other way. While the blender is blending, you can
go find your glasses and hunt around for any extras you
feel like adding. If you add enough fruit, you should
get a really
nice thick smoothie, which is, as all smoothie drinkers
know, the best kind. Drink slowly to avoid brain freeze.
Be sure to make extra because everyone who is awakened
by the blender will ask for some of yours.