Thursday, May 28, 2009
Over the past month or so, Matthew and I have fallen in love with making smoothies! The smooth, cold texture, the endless combinations, and best of all- they taste delicious and are healthy for you! So when I noticed myself buying one or two jars of organic juice a week at $4 or more a jar, I knew I needed to do something about it if we were going to continue our morning ritual. My solution? Freshly squeezed juice! After viewing that week's "sales" on jars of juice at the grocery, I headed straight for the produce aisle. Feeling enthusiastic about my idea, I loaded up a good sized bag with large, ripe navel oranges. Mmmm!!
A day or two later, I decided to give my citrus juicer a whirl. It definitely wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, and it was messier and took longer too, but in the end my work paid off- 6 large oranges now equals about 5 cups of juice. Yay! I may not be as liberal with adding juice to our smoothies as I was before, but I like knowing exactly where all that delicious juice came from. It's quite rewarding, and it sure makes for a gooood smoothie!
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana
6-8 frozen strawberries
*Place in a tall tumbler with straw; garnish with fresh mint or slice of orange