Have A SMOOTHIE Summer!
Woo hoo! Summer is finally here! Temperatures have been hovering between the mid 20s to 35 degrees Celsius (90s-100 in Fahrenheit)! Unlike in the tropics where day and night are almost equal in length, Canada and the United States experiences a 14-15 hour of sunshine (our own version of white nights) giving more time for kids to play but a trade-off of having to deal with months of sweltering heat.
As a kid, I remember our summers were spent going to a nearby beach, pine-clad Baguio City, or simply hiking to the small store at our street corner to enjoy a tall glass of halo-halo (a melange of fruits with crushed ice and evaporated milk).
Because I know that preparing halo-halo can be a bit challenging, I thought it would be wiser to stick to something simple and easy to prepare. So my wife and I thought that it would be good to use an ever-reliable blender to make our own cold drinks and avoid sugar-water pop! Fellow dad, Robert, agreed that it may be good to share a smoothie recipe since one usually ends up with a too sweet or too bland smoothie. Fortunately, my ever judicious wife discovered a blend that was borne out of reading the Oster instruction manual. Surprisingly, she ended up with well-blended and refreshing smoothies. Not bad for a recipe coming from instruction manuals!
6 medium-sized strawberries, cut
1 medium-sized banana, cut
4-5 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt
½ cup fresh or skimmed milk
2 tablespoons of white sugar
6 ice cubes
2 scoops of ice cream (optional)
1. Pour ½ cup of milk into the blender and add six ice cubes (approximately 2 cups at a time). Adding more ice cubes without crushing it can cause the blades to jam.
2. Add the fruits and blend for about a minute or until fruits are crushed. Blending it for a longer time will liquefy the fruits. If you want more texture, blend for a shorter time or use the pulse button.
3. Finally, add the vanilla yogurt and white sugar. Blend for about a minute.
4. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!
* What makes a good smoothie?
A good blend of fruits and the right amount of milk and or yogurt makes a good smoothie. One of the best smoothies I have tasted is banana-chocolate in a restaurant called Nigi Nigi Nu Noos in Boracay Island, Philippines.
* What’s the difference between a slush, shake, and smoothie?
Smoothies are thicker in consistency because milk, yogurt and/or ice cream are added. Slush is a blend of crushed ice, flavoured syrup and water while a shake is frothy because of the milk and flavouring.