May 1, 2009

 

Strawberry Smoothie

Today’s Friday Foodie Fix ingredient is strawberries. The last couple packs I bought were not very flavorful or sweet so for now I’m sticking with frozen strawberries.  BJ’s Wholesale Club has large bags of Dole frozen strawberries or mixed fruit that come out to $1.50 per pound. Given that the fruit is ready to eat with no seeds, pits, caps, or rind to remove, I think that’s a good deal.

Last summer, my kids learned to love fruit smoothies, but what they like most is more of a slushie. Why buy frozen ice cream bars or popsicles when you can have a delicious real fruit treat ready in minutes?  The kids like making their own in our Magic Bullet. They put fruit in the cup, add juice and water to cover the fruit (I make them use half and half instead of all juice), and blend it up. On a hot day, it is refreshing, tasty, and naturally gluten free!

strawberry smoothie

Smoothie ideas abound, and I don’t have anything original to add. However, I will mention that one of my favorite ingredients to put in a smoothie is oatmeal. I start by grinding it to a coarse flour texture, then I add the rest of the ingredients.

The smoothie shown here contained 1/4 cup oats (gluten free), frozen strawberries, rice milk, and a little agave nectar. Yum!

For more ideas on using strawberries, visit The W.H.O.L.E. Gang.

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I love the addition of oats. I'm going to give this a try for lunch! Is it lunch time? Thanks for sharing it on Friday Foodie Fix.
 
Never thought of adding oats.The Cream Hill Estates brand is so tender it would work for me.
 
Linda--That looks good! Now that's how I like strawberries. :-) I have to agree with everyone else. The oats are a great idea. I might want to add a frozen banana, too.

Shirley
 
I agree that oat flour is a good idea that I've never tried. Does it simply thicken the liquid or does it also add some flavor and texture?
 
Smoothies are a wonderful way to use fruit. Unfortunately I can't seem to eat oats at all but I think it's a great idea.
 
Gina, the oats definitely add flavor. They also add some texture, depending on how finely you grind them.
 
oh man that looks good.
 

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