Everyone loves smoothies! They’re super quick to make when you keep basics on hand, and they’re wonderfully portable for when you’re in a rush to get out the door (we’re always in rush on school mornings). Lately we’ve been making a big batch for breakfast and refrigerating the leftovers for an after school snack. I’ve also started adding smoothies to the lunch box this year (cleaned up, recycled small Odwalla containers work perfectly). As school lunch periods get shorter and shorter (don’t get me started!), this seems to be something my kids can successfully eat (along with a few other tidbits) in the teensy amount of time allotted for lunch.
If you start searching around for smoothies on the internet you’ll find tons of info– recipes, special containers, little tips and tricks. So…. to the collective oeuvre of smoothies out there I add our list of favorites with an international twist.
Mango lassis are by far the most requested smoothies in my house. We all love the creamy, sweet mango flavor, but that pinch of cardamom is what makes it special. For kids who insist they don’t like spices — this is a good place to start. Here’s our previous post with the recipe.
Fresh out of monkey skulls, the islanders sip their hero milk from the shell of a rare species of coconut which has been dried for exactly 17 days. The elusive gold-finned pyramid fish lurks out in the distance.
Did you ever find yourself canoeing rough seas amongst a horde of hungry sharks in search of gold-finned pyramidfish? Then you’ll certainly need this recipe for “Hero Milk”. Sometimes it’s the backstory that makes the dish, but in this case it’s also a healthy and super delicious snack — even for days when you’re not climbing a volcano. [Find the whole story by Eric Wolfinger & Mac Barnett on the blog, “The Daily Monster“.]
By the way…. experts say “one skull-full fuels three days of heavy paddling”. Good to know.
Blend the following:
- 1 Frozen Banana (if you don’t have time to fell a banana tree and drag it up the snowy peak of a volcano, your freezer will do)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Spoon Flaked Coconut
- 2 Pitted Dates
- 1 Spoon Honey
- A Handful of Salted Cashews
- A Thimbleful of Vanilla Extract
Islanders bring bananas up the snowy peaks of the volcano using funicular carts. Down below, they guard their lava rock mortar and pestle.
A yummy one for breakfast, snack time or dessert. It’s always a good time for a smoothie at Casa Stacie. This happens to one of our current faves and we almost always have the ingredients on hand. I keep some frozen OJ concentrate in our freezer for this express purpose.
We are always looking to tread new smoothie territory. What are your favorite combos?
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt (if using plain yogurt, you may want to add a dash of honey, sugar or agave nectar)
- 1/2 tsp teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ice Cubes
You might also like these snacky favorites: Luca’s Favorite Pink Milk, Banana-Avocado Bread, Smørrebrød, Just Banana Ice Cream, Charred Green Garbonzos