Fruit Smoothies

So smoothies are one of those culinary mysteries that have always kind of eluded me. They seem so simple, right? Fruit…juice…something with a little substance in it…and yet getting that right balance of flavors has always been so hard for me.

Well, we’ve officially reached the point in summer where I refuse to cook unless it’s absolutely necessary and preferably not inside my house. This has led to a lot of smoothie experimentation and with that experimentation, I’ve discovered that pretty much every smoothie is made of four parts: 2 bases and 2-ish types of fruit.

So after I came to this realization, I broke down typical smoothie fruits into different categories based on how strong their flavors are and realized that smoothie-making can be a really easy and pretty foolproof, choose-your-own-adventure-type of experience.

One thing I found is that when you can, frozen fruit is great because you don’t have to worry about the ice factor.

As cool as I think Sara and her Blendtec are, most people (including me) don’t have a blender nearly that awesome and therefore are likely to find giant chunks of ice in their smoothies. When you use frozen fruit, the sugar in the fruit prevents it from freezing completely solid (at least most of the time), so it blends smoother but still adds the body and coldness of blended ice.





  1. Jessie, are you dying yet? I'm dying. I went outside yesterday to Windex my glass doors and it took about 3 minutes and I didn't want to go back out again, hahaha!

    Anyway, I haven't ever made them into popsicles, but I totally bet you could. Maybe I'll try it today! If you do, please let me know how it goes! 🙂

  2. Thanks for solving the mystery of the smoothie! I have a friend who is the smoothie queen – while mine simply flops. She says, it easy try this….. never works. I am so excited to have a secret formula of my own. Ok, maybe not so secret, but I am still excited either way!

    Happy Day,

  3. I love smoothies! I'm a Utah girl, living in Mississippi now and the summer's are just so dreadful! I will be trying every single one of these smoothie recipe's!

    Do you think this would work as a popsicle? I have a one year old, and I've been trying to find popsicle's that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in them, but I haven't had much luck. I'm not a huge health gooroo but just want to cut out that one thing if possible.

    BTW, I love this site. And so does my family 🙂 They get pretty spoiled with your delicious recipes!

  4. I enjoy a smoothie for breakfast 2-3 times a week – they're great! One of my favorites is orange juice (or apple cider in the fall), vanilla yogurt, a banana, some pineapple and a tablespoon or so of peanut butter. If I don't have pineapples on hand, I'll use two bananas – and call it an "Elvis smoothie."

  5. HAHAHA! Thank you for clarifying…this preggo almost hunted you down! 🙂 Love me my SMOOTHIES! (gonna have to pick up some spinach now!)

  6. Just found your blog today, and I'm so glad! I think I'm going to make smoothies tomorrow!

    I worked at Jamba Juice in high school, and still remember how to make my favorite smoothies. The Sonic ice is the trick!

    Here are a few more combos:
    passionfruit juice
    orange sherbet

    raspberry juice
    lime sherbet

    apple juice
    vanilla ice cream

    Now I'm going to go browse more of your recipes! 😉

  7. Thank you! I always feel like such a moron because my smoothies always stink and everyone looks at me like, "How hard is it to blend up some fruit?" Ever had any success with grapefruit? I have a few begging to be used.

  8. Ok, seriously! We're you reading my mind or something??? I've made smoothies before, but I was just looking for a more definitive "recipe" and then you show up with this! Thanks for the ideas and suggestions. Can't wait to try some new combos!

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