Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe
I've tried shedding a few pounds since our return from Florence, Rome and Paris. Almost every year, the girls join me during the summer in my workout and diet routine. Mimi, Lulu's 14-year-old little sister, surprised me this morning and prepared the fruitiest, packed-with-energy smoothie. She didn't use any additional sweeteners, except for the natural sweetness from bananas, blueberries and golden kiwis.
Mimi used our powerful Vitamix blender. For a smoother flow, she also added almond milk. When I first met her, Mimi used to have awful allergies with almonds, but since her teenage years, she has overcome this specific allergy. Unfortunately, we've discovered new ones, especially during our trip to Florence. She's allergic to truffle mushrooms now; go figure!
Yields: 6 servings3½ cups fresh blueberries
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
2 golden kiwis, peeled and chopped
4 cups vanilla-flavored almond milk, chilled
1 cup ice cubes (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ounce whey protein powder (optional)
Combine the blueberries, bananas, kiwis, almond milk and ice cubes in a blender. Blend all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. While the mixture is blending, add the whey protein and vanilla extract. The consistency of the smoothie should be smooth and creamy.
Pour into 6 small glasses. Finish with fresh blueberries for decoration if you like (make a small incision at the bottom of the fruit and place it on the rim of the glass)
I use the Vitamix blender. It's rather expensive but so worth it. I got it as a wedding gift, and it's really powerful. It crushes ice into sno-cones almost instantantly. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is some amount of liquid so that the motor does not burn. Vitamix also carries an additional container just for dry ingredients.
You can find whey protein powder in health food stores like GNC, or many supermarkets like Whole Foods. I like using protein powder as a supplement for my husband, who's a vegetarian! Just make sure the protein source is clearly labeled. You should get either whey or soy protein. If the source is unclear, it is possible that the protein is derived from remnant animal parts.
You couldsubtitute soy, potato or rice milk for the almond milk.
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