May 7, 2010

delicious fruit smoothie

I stopped by the Merc the other day to pick up some fresh strawberries, peaches and kiwis. Combined with pineapple juice I had on-hand, those juicy fruits made for the perfect after-work-pick-me-up.

peaches, strawberries and kiwis in blender

{Lovely layers of peaches, strawberries and kiwis decorate my gently loved blender.}

I didn’t follow any specific recipe; that’s what I love about smoothies. Just throw some ingredients into a blender and call it good! But in case you’re wondering, I used four chopped kiwis, half a tub of chopped strawberries (about 8 ounces), three chopped peaches and a cup of pineapple juice. I tossed in a couple handfuls of ice and pulsed that baby for about 45 seconds.

strawberry-kiwi-peach-pineapple smoothie

{Next time I'll try pomegranate juice.}

A big thank you to my friend and colleague Amy for sending me her gently loved, like-new blender. I’m excited to try new recipes for smoothies and shakes all summer long! Please share yours with me in the comments section.

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  • imaginaryheroine

    I’m not much of a smoothie girl. They disappear so quickly – I’d rather eat the fruit whole. That said, I’m all about black cherry juice right now.

    Tart black cherries contain anthocyanins that reduce inflammation and ease joint pain as well as melatonin to help you sleep better. I put 4oz of unsweetened black cherry juice in seltzer and drink it before bed.

  • kimberlyloc

    I need to try black cherries soon!

  • Amy Mayfield

    So glad you are enjoying the blender! You should try throwing some baby spinach in there, the color will be funky but you can’t taste it. Let me know if you try it!

    • kimberlyloc

      Great idea! Extra iron. I will give that a try soon. Don’t you make a smoothie every morning?

  • Megan

    Have you ever tried putting veggies in your smoothies? I was skeptical at first, but it’s really a fabulous way to disguise your vegetables so you still get their goodness without their (in my opinion) less-than-fabulous taste.

    • kimberlyloc

      What veggies should I try (besides spinach)? Baby carrots?

  • Stephanie

    Hey girl – I have linked to you from my blog, I love the looks of the fruit drink. I’d make one today but it’s supposed to SNOW here and it will make me too cold :(

    • kimberlyloc

      Added you too, lady! :) I can’t believe you may have to deal with snow. Isn’t it May? It was raining cats and dogs here yesterday. You will get your tasty smoothie soon! xo

  • caitlindentino

    I love smoothies and usually make one every morning after the gym. I love trying all kinds of combinations – blueberry/banana/almond milk or carrot/apple/ginger/greek yogurt … the options are endless. I usually add a bit of this green powder (kyo-green which has wheat grass, kelp, kale etc.), maybe some protein powder and flax seeds to boost the nutrient side of it. What is great is the fruit still does all the flavoring.

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