I love to drink my fruit. Throughout the year and whenever fruit is in season I buy what I can, cut it into chunks and freeze it in containers. Blueberries, strawberries, everything in the melon family, bananas, cucumbers, etc. I also use ice cube trays to freeze lemon, prune and orange juice. The juice goes into marked plastic bags.
From this stockpiled fruit and with my handy-dandy blender I have everything to make all the smoothies I desire. I start with apple juice in the blender, add the frozen banana chips, and then anything else that comes to mind. The thickness and coldness depends on the proportion of frozen items to liquids.
I especially love melons and cucumbers when the weather is hot. This drink is so light and refreshing. I rarely feel the need for a soda.
My last great smoothie was made with apple juice, bananas, and frozen fresh figs. The figs can be picked, washed, tray frozen, and they are ready for use.
Also, for a gingery fruit drink, Fresh and Easy carries frozen cubes of ginger. One of these in a smoothie bumps up the flavor.
A smoothie dessert drink? Why not! I take chocolate almond or coconut milk, frozen banana chips and the frozen chocolate or vanilla cubes of almond or coconut milk, blend that up even adding vanilla or nutmeg and I have a delicious dessert drink. These give me the feeling of drinking a milk shake.
Why not be as creative with our food as with the creativity that we extend to other things that we do? It took me years to step away from the cookbook and structured recipes to finally embrace what I love and use what I love to enhance my life. It took me years to walk through fears and trust my instincts.
We are so blessed with such abundance. I embrace it all, savor it all, and discover that there is more that enough to satisfy. Namaste.