Monday, February 15, 2016

Red White and Blue Patriotic Fruit Smoothie

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This Red White and Blue Patriotic Fruit Smoothie is made with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, yogurt and almond milk.  It's a great start to your day.


It's President's Day and my kids wanted something patriotic to celebrate the day.  I don't exactly think of President's Day as a foodie holiday, so I was stumped for a minute.  I stuck my head inside the fridge and looked around when I saw the strawberries and blueberries.  Inspiration struck!  I had red and blue... what could I do to make white... bananas of course!

I didn't really feel like cooking or baking so a smoothie was the easiest and quickest thing I could make with all these ingredients.  I decided layering it in red, white and blue would be a pretty cool treat for the kids.   I have tried making layered smoothies before and they have not always turned out pretty.  Since then, I have learned a few things to help make a layered smoothie.  

First of all you have to give your smoothie layers some density.  I did this by using frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit.  I always freeze extra berries and bananas for smoothies and this was a perfect time to use some up.  The second tip to layering is using a spoon to help gently pour in the new layer.  I simply held the spoon in the glass and allowed the smoothie to hit the spoon first before it poured into the glass.  Voila... you have a layered smoothie.



Ingredients:

Strawberry (Red) Smoothie:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
sweetener of choice (honey, agave, Splenda etc...) 

Banana (White) Smoothie:
1 large banana cut into slices and frozen
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
sweetener of choice (honey, agave, Splenda etc...)

Blueberry (Blue) Smoothie:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
sweetener of choice (honey, agave, Splenda etc...) 

Directions:
Step 1: Using a blender, blend together the banana smoothie first.  Transfer to a large glass until assembly of layered smoothie. 

Step 2: Next blend together the ingredients for the strawberry smoothie and transfer to a large glass.

Step 3: Finally blend together the blueberry smoothie.  

Step 4:  Assemble layers by placing the red or blue smoothie on the bottom of a glass.  Then slowly pour the banana smoothie over the back of a spoon as the next layer.  **The spoon helps the smoothie gently go into the glass.  Finally use the spoon again to pour the final layer over the banana layer.  Serve immediately and enjoy.






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11 comments:

  1. What a fun way to celebrate President's Day! My little ones would love these, and I've always got frozen berries on hand. Gonna have to whip this up for a fun afternoon snack!

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  2. I'll bet the kids loved this one!

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  3. What a great way to celebrate President's Day with kids. Could lead to a fabulous lesson

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  4. What a fun (and delicious!) way to celebrate the holiday. I bet this was super tasty...yum!

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  5. yum. this looks really refreshing!!!

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  6. This would work perfectly for the forth too! Delicious and darn pretty!

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  7. This totally brings a little bit of summer to you up there in winter wonderland. :) What a pretty and delicious smoothie, Ramona.

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  8. Your layers are perfect and thankfully we have some red/white/blue holidays coming up where I can make these.

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