Author: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
It is always nice if you can make extra of one recipe and use it for something else! The next time you prepare your favorite smoothie, consider increasing the size of the recipe and freeze as ice pops. Or, use extra smoothie mix to make ice pops, if it is difficult to reduce the amount of a favorite smoothie recipe to a quantity that can be consumed at one time. That is what I did for this recipe.
Makes 3 to 4 smoothies, depending on serving size.
- 1 6-ounce carton vanilla low-fat or fat-free yogurt
- 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 medium banana, sliced
- 4 to 8 ice cubes (Note: ice cubes chill and thicken the smoothie)
- Combine yogurt, strawberries, and banana in blender with the yogurt added first. Cover and blend until smooth; start at a lower speed and gradually increase the speed as the mixture starts to blend and become smooth.
- With the blender still running, drop ice cubes — one at a time — through the hole in the lid. Blend until smooth and desired thickness. Somewhere between 4 and 8 ice cubes should be about right, depending on the size of cubes.
- Serve immediately or freeze in popsicle molds to enjoy later.
- Strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked. Select firm, fully ripe strawberries with a deep red color. Do not wash strawberries until you are ready to eat or prepare them. Excess moisture causes them to spoil faster.
- Store strawberries in the refrigerator in their original clamshell container from the store. Remove any moldy or damaged berries. They'll remain at best quality for about 3 days. An additional way to store berries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is: "—¦ they should be arranged unwashed in a shallow pan lined with paper towels, and washed just prior to use. The berries may be topped with a paper towel to absorb any additional moisture. Plastic-wrap the entire container."
- Leave the green caps on strawberries when you wash them. Removing the stems lets water seep into the strawberries, affecting their taste and texture. To wash, place strawberries in a strainer or colander and remove any damaged fruit. Wash them thoroughly under running water or wash with a gentle spray from your kitchen sink sprayer hose. Turn the colander or strainer and gently move the berries around as you wash them. Gently blot dry. Remove the caps with a paring knife, small measuring spoon, or a strawberry huller.