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Blended Adult Smoothies

September 11, 2012 By: Robert Plotkin

Smoothies are something of a panacea, a concoction perfectly in step with this time-compressed, nutrient-depleted nation. They’re delicious and nutritious, which for many of us is a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless it’s true—smoothies are basically meal replacements with the look and taste of milkshakes.

Mega-popular Jamba Juice and Planet Smoothies, two national smoothie purveyors, add such highly beneficial things as vitamins, minerals, fiber, herbs, amino acids, soy protein and phytonutrients to their various blended concoctions. They have smoothies designed to do everything from provide a boost of energy or fight a cold, to bolster one’s immunity or to help shed unwanted pounds.

The essential first step in preparing one of these classic concoctions is to plug in the blender and let your creative juices flow. To give the process a shove in the right direction, smoothies are comprised of 4 basic elements—juice, fruit, modifiers and a base.

            • Juice — If it’s true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, smoothies could seriously dent the medical profession. In addition to the likes of orange, apple, pineapple and cranberry juice, consider adding other less conventional juices such as grape, raspberry, peach nectar, apple cider, tangerine, kiwi, passion fruit nectar, mango and strawberry nectar.

            • Fruits — In addition to adding flavor and nutrients to a smoothie, blending in fruit boosts the drink’s fiber content and enhances its texture and consistency. Since these are cold, blended drinks, for the best consistency freeze fruit prior to use.

            • Modifiers — Much of the fun involves adding the modifiers, which are the ingredients that will give the creation its individuality. Modifiers come in two basic categories. There are those intended to improve the quality of the recipient’s life. Perhaps they’re antioxidants—such as vitamins A, E and beta-carotene—fiber like wheat germ and oat bran or proteins such as bee pollen, brewers yeast and soy. Also beneficial are flaxseed oil, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, lecithin, protein powders, wheat grass, echinacea, calcium, folic acid and vitamins B, C, D and K.

Then there are modifiers that just plain taste great and add a welcome touch of sweetness. This tasty category includes chocolate or caramel sauce, coffee, agave nectar, espresso coffee, Reese’s peanut butter cups, candy bars, walnuts, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, grenadine, chai tea, coconut cream, coconut milk, peanut butter, raspberry or strawberry preserves, honey, malted milk powder, maple syrup, cookies, (dried) unsweetened coconut and brown sugar.

            • Smoothie Base — The foundation of the drink is low-fat frozen yogurt. It has a rich, creamy texture and comes in a slew of interesting flavors. Others may prefer using soy milk or soy yogurt.

Both sorbet and sherbet are frequently featured in smoothies. They are easy to use and also available in a wide variety of flavors. Finally, people looking for nothing but pleasure tend to prefer building their smoothies on a base of ice cream.

Fortunately, there are a number of superior smoothie mixes available on the market. Offering a delicious, convenient and cost-effective method of preparing smoothies. These mixes can be paired with fruit, or used as a fabulous base upon which to create a smoothie masterpiece.

Adult Smoothies Go Mainstream

There are a few of us roaming about who sip a smoothie and think how much better it would taste if it contained a little dark rum. If they can be customized with nutrients, why can’t you doctor them with some Kahlúa or Maker’s Mark? Well, after sampling a dozen or so jazzed up smoothies, we’ve concluded that they do in fact taste much better with a shot or two from the back bar.

For example, the tall, frosty Blue Aloha Smoothie is made with frozen vanilla yogurt, pineapple juice and blueberries. While drink is delightful and undoubtedly healthful, adding Charbay Blood Orange Vodka and Midori take it to a whole other level of greatness.

Wholesome or not, the Chocolate Banana Smoothie is altogether delectable. It features Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, Kahlúa, a ripe banana, chocolate syrup, milk and frozen vanilla yogurt. It might not make you healthier, it’ll certainly make you feel better.

Since your blender is already handy, go ahead and sample the Cranberry Crazed Smoothie. It’s prepared with Stoli Cranberi Vodka, Chambord, cranberry juice, fresh strawberries and blueberries, plain yogurt and several healthy scoops of raspberry sorbet. If scrumptious is still a word, then this smoothie is scrumptious.

Adult smoothies prove once again that nutrition need not interfere with quality of life. Try these recipes and see if you don’t agree. They aren’t the smoothies your momma used to make.

So rev-up your blender and join one of the healthiest, most delectable beverage trends in the country.

 

CARIBBEAN DREAM SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1 1/4 oz. Cruzan Estate Light Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Mango Rum
1/2 cup mango, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup peaches, fresh or frozen
1-2 scoops orange sorbet
1-2 scoops lemon sorbet
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with an orange wheel

CRANBERRY CRAZED SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1 3/4 oz. Stolichnaya Cranberi Vodka
3/4 oz. Chambord
3 oz. cranberry juice
1/4 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
4 oz. plain yogurt
2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with a sliced strawberry

IN THE MOO’D
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1 1/4 oz. Absolut Vanilia Vodka
1 oz. Kahlúa
1/2 banana, peeled
4 oz. milk
2 oz. chocolate syrup
2 oz. peanut butter
3-4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with skewered banana slice and cherry

MELON MARVEL SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1 1/4 oz. Malibu Caribbean Rum
3/4 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
1/2 cup watermelon, cubed
1/2 cup honeydew melon, cubed
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 tbs. honey
4 oz. orange juice
4 oz. vanilla yogurt
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with skewered watermelon cubes

STRAWBERRY SUNRISE SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1 banana, peeled
1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
5 oz. apple juice
3-4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with skewered strawberry and banana slice

TIME FOR A RUN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
4 oz. blueberry yogurt
1 tbs. honey
1 tbs. dry milk powder
8 oz. skim milk
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with an orange wheel

TROPICAL COCONUT SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. Coco López Cream of Coconut
1/2 banana, peeled
3-4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with an orange wheel

ZESTY CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE
House specialty glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into blender
1/2 cup cantaloupe, cubed
1/4 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
4 oz. apple juice
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. lemon peel, finely grated
4 oz. lemon yogurt
Blend ingredients with ice
Garnish with skewered cantaloupe cubes

 


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