I don’t know about everyone else, but my family always seems to feel better when we have fruits every day. Vitamin C, fiber, all that good stuff. We get sick less often and eat better all around. A good smoothie can reduce the tendency to snack on unhealthy or less healthy options, plus snacks can get expensive very quickly. I estimated the cost of this smoothie to be about $1.25, with a .50 cent orange, a .25 cent banana and .50 cents worth of organic frozen strawberries. That’s for a full 5 servings of fruit!
I shared mine with my 3 year old Ashi, so I got in about 3 1/2 and he got in about 1 1/2 servings. Considering adults should be getting 7-10 servings and children should be getting 4-6 as our daily minimums, I am happy to make smoothies a part of our day whenever possible.
Check out this great chart for vegetable and fruit serving sizes. https://www.naturalgrocers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/serving-size-chart-print.pdf
I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious, not to cold for winter smoothie.
Whole Fruit Smoothie #1 (Orange, Banana, Strawberry)
This is a delicious way to get some fruit into your diet.
- 1 Banana ripe
- 1 Orange peeled and quartered
- 1/2 cup Strawberries frozen, sliced
- 6 cubes Ice (optional)
- 1/4 cup water or plant milk or as needed
Place the ingredients in the Vitamix blender and secure the lid. Pulse 5-10 times on the 3 setting to chop the ingredients, then slowly turn up the dial to 10/high. Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Turn the machine back to 3 and chop a few times. If you hear anything chunky hitting the walls of your container, do another rotation to high and back to 3 again. Finish with a few quick pulses on 3 to remove excess air bubbles. Pour and enjoy.
Note: If you do not have a vitamix or other high speed blender, I recommend you section the orange and blend it smooth with a little water before adding the other ingredients.