May 10, 2013
It’s really amazing what contentious issue a simple smoothie can be. Everybody has different ideas of what to put in them and when they taste just right. For some, it’s all leafy greens and powdery proteins. For others, it’s practically a milkshake. Any way you look at it, smoothies are a surprisingly individual creation. I especially discovered this simple truth while creating this recipe.
After toiling away in the kitchen for a whole five minutes to make this masterpiece, I headed into the living room to have my sister do a taste test. Personally, I already thought the smoothie tasted good. It had tons of fresh fruit flavor with an ever so slightly sour zing at the end, thanks to using Greek yogurt and orange juice. So, you can imagine my surprise when my sister totally didn’t like it! She thought it was too sour and there wasn’t enough peach flavor. After going back into the kitchen and adding a tablespoon or two more honey, she approved. Then I tasted it and thought it was awful.
Basically, I learned that it’s very hard to make a mutually agreeable smoothie. Not that it’s a big issue in the grand scheme of things, but it is an oddity. Hence, the recipe that I’m giving you today has two important characteristics…
(1) It makes one serving, so multiple people can tweak and tailor their version however they’d like.
(2) The ingredients are totally flexible. My sister actually thought it would be more refreshing with ice instead of yogurt, which I used to make it more of a filling breakfast smoothie. The amount of honey is also very negotiable.
So, without further ado, here’s a full step-by-step of my way to make a Strawberry Peach Smoothie.
First, frozen peaches.
Fresh strawberries. Yum!
Greek yogurt. Or ice, if you’d like.
Honey and ground flax seed.
Flax seed is so good for you and it’s virtually undetectable in smoothie form. Give it a try! But be sure to use ground flax seed instead of whole, since that’s when the nutrients, etc. can do their job.
Orange juice is my smoothie liquid of choice, but again, this could be any number of juices. Whatever sounds yummy to you.
Blend it up!
Pour it into a cute mason jar. Because that’s what you do when you make special beverages.
Unless your mason jar is way too big. Then you pour it out of the mason jar into a smaller glass.
And then you weep over dirtying a perfectly beautiful mason jar.
But then you totally get over it and enjoy a yummy, customized smoothie.
Pretty easy, right? If you give it a try, let me know in the comments how you make your version!
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
A La Kocinera Original Recipe
11 fresh strawberries, stems removed, quartered
6-8 frozen peach slices
1/8 cup orange juice (or any other juice you like)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or ice, if you prefer a lighter taste)
1 teaspoon ground flax seed
2-3 teaspoons honey, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. Taste and add more honey if it’s too sour, more juice if it’s not sour enough, ice, berries, or basically anything else you’d like. Then serve cold and enjoy!
Makes 1 serving.