I’m a very simple man when it comes to smoothies. While occasionally I’ll go all out with a variety of ingredients or try to conjure up some flavor like key lime pie, usually I go for the classics; the expected. I first started making smoothies after reading (and watching) one of Mark Bittman’s posts at the New York Times. Bittman is all about simple; getting straight to the flavor without a lot of culinary magic.
I like fruity drinks, so I tend to opt for the banana over the yogurt and very rarely use any milk. I find juice to pack the best punch for what I’m going for but often go to a powdered drink like Crystal Light. I grew up on the stuff so maybe it’s just a preference, but I find it works well and is low on calories.
The cherries in this recipe bring out a sweetness with the strawberries (it’s hard to tell there’s cherry in there) and of course pairing that with banana is classic. I love a good lemonade so I top it off with that. This is the one I always come back to.
I tend to skimp on the initial amount of juice I use at the start and add it to get the thickness I want. You can always add more but of course can’t take any out.
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen cherries
1/2 frozen banana
Combine the frozen fruit into a blender and add enough lemonade to cover two inches past the top of the fruit. Blend, adding lemonade accordingly. Servers 3-4 16 ounce glasses, depending on your preferred thickness. Enjoy.