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Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies are great for an after-school snack. You can make smoothies using other kinds of fruit, as well. See the ideas at the end of this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup plain, vanilla or berry yogurt

Directions:

Trim the berries
Before you start, be sure an adult is nearby to help.

Using a paring knife, cut a thick slice from the top of each strawberry to remove the stem. (If you are using frozen strawberries, you can skip this step.)

Blend it all together
Put the strawberries, ice cubes, orange juice, banana and yogurt into a blender. Cover the blender with the lid and hold down the lid while you blend. Blend on high speed until the mixture is frothy and there are no big chunks of fruit or ice, 30 to 40 seconds.

Pour the smoothie into 2 glasses. Serve immediately with straws. Serves 2.

More Ideas: For a Peach Smoothie, replace the strawberries and orange juice with 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peach chunks and 1 cup apple juice. Add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon before you blend everything together.

For a Pineapple Smoothie, replace the strawberries and orange juice with 1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks and 1 cup pineapple juice.

For a Purple Cow, replace the strawberries and orange juice with 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries and 1 cup purple grape juice.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Fun Food, by Stephanie Rosenbaum (Simon & Schuster, 2006).