Recipe: My Favorite Smoothie

Recipe: My Favorite Smoothie

I have said, on multiple occasions, that’ I’m not much of a cook. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m completely inept in the kitchen. For example, I’m pretty good at making scrambled eggs. And I make a great meatloaf.

Here’s my favorite smoothie recipe:

Berrylicious Smoothie

4 oz orange juice
2 T plain non-fat yogurt
6-8 strawberries, sliced (fresh)
8-10 raspberries (fresh)
8-10 blackberries (fresh)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh)

Starting with the juice, add all ingredients into blender. Blend on medium-to-high speed until smooth.

Optional:

  • You can substitute apple juice for orange juice.
  • You can use milk instead of juice.
  • Add protein powder to make a “fitness smoothie” snack.
  • Add ice and use the “crush ice” setting on the blender to make a colder version.
  • Freeze the berries before using. This eliminates the need for ice, as the frozen berries are like tiny ice cubes. If you use this, be sure to blend on “crush ice” speed.
  • If you don’t like all these kinds of berries, trade out whichever ones you don’t like, and add more of the ones you do like.
  • You can also add honey for a little extra sweetness.

Hint: You can freeze your own berries easily without adding any sugar. Frozen berries and fruit often have sugar or syrup added, which adds loads of extra calories. If you want to freeze berries, here’s an easy way to do it without having all your berries frozen into a big block or blob. Using a cookie sheet, shallow backing pan or platter, cover the bottom with wax paper or aluminum foil then add fresh berries in a single layer to the pan. Put the pan in the freezer for an hour or two. Remove the pan, then put the berries into a large zipper freezer bag. They won’t fuse into a big block, since they were frozen separately. Note: be sure to top and slice strawberries before freezing.

Creating My Body, Saving My Life

Creating My Body, Saving My Life

Wow! It has been a LONG time since I last posted here. Way too long, really.

I started this blog because I wanted to show my creative side to the blogaverse. Last year, I spent more time creating work to share, and I really enjoyed doing that. Then, something changed. Read the rest of this entry

Musings for the New Year

Musings for the New Year

Well, hello there! I’ve been taking a little break for the past few weeks (at least here on the blog), trying to figure out my next project. I have several book ideas (and more than one draft in progress), and the art/craft stuff has been on hold. Also, like many Americans, I’ve decided to improve my fitness. While “making the decision” to make a change is easy, the follow-through is not always so. Read the rest of this entry

Day 365: Background Tutorial

Day 365: Background Tutorial
Day 365: Background Tutorial

As I promised yesterday, here’s a quick little tutorial on how to make a cool digital background for posters, notecards, paintings, or whatever you’d like. I’m going to assume you have a working knowledge (and access to) your favorite image manipulation software. If you need something free, you can download GIMP. However this is not a “how to use your software” tutorial, so you’ll need some practice with it before you start using this tut. Read the rest of this entry

Day 364: The End Is Near

Day 364: The End Is Near
Day 364: The End Is Near

Well, it may not be the Zombie Apocalypse, but the year is coming to an end tomorrow, and along with it, so is this project. However, as a consolation prize for both my fans, I’ll show you a few things which I couldn’t show off before. Read the rest of this entry

Day 356: Nine Days and Counting

Day 356: Nine Days and Counting
Day 356: Nine Days and Counting

So, I’ve been offline more than on for the past couple of weeks. Turns out we are in the middle of a modem failure. Well, a semi-failure, anyway. The modem part still works, but the wireless part is kaput. But that hasn’t kept me from creating, just posting. Let’s see what I’ve been up to lately… Read the rest of this entry