Fruit smoothie

An easy way to use up less-than-perfect fruit. Kids readily drink more fruit than they would normally eat.


  • Banana, preferably very ripe (1 banana works with 2-4 cups other fruit)
  • Fruit, peeled if necessary and cut (strawberries, peaches, pineapple, oranges, grapes, mangoes, etc)
  • Orange juice (about 1/2 cup for every 2 cups fruit)
  • Milk (about 1/4 cup for every 2 cups fruit)
  • Ice (3-4 cubes for every 2 cups fruit)
  • Maple syrup or other sweetener (optional)
  • Vanilla extract (few drops optional)


  1. Add fruit to blender jar, putting juiciest fruit in first. Add juice, milk and ice. Blend well.
  2. Taste and add a touch of maple syrup or vanilla if desired.


  • Liquid substitutes: other milks (soy, coconut, nut), other juices or yogurt.
  • If you don’t like the taste of bananas, mango, pear or avocado add a similar smoothness.
  • If I’m using a lot of acidic fruit, such as orange or pineapple, I’ll use more milk and less juice.
  • If you use frozen fruit, you’ll want to use less ice or maybe none at all. Frozen fruit may also require additional liquid.
  • Protein powders, commonly made of whey protein, are a popular add. I’m not a fan of the taste – most have significant amounts of artificial sweetener – and am skeptical about the processing involved and the quality of the whey that goes into it.

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