It wasn't so long ago that blended fruit smoothies became all the rage, but unlike most health trends, smoothies haven't waned in popularity. In fact, blended fruit drinks have evolved from a craze into a staple of any healthy diet. It makes sense. After all, why spend half the day trying to cram your essential fruits and vitamins in with each meal when you can drink a veritable fruit cocktail in a single glass?
Smoothies are usually prepared in blenders with ice, fruit, milk, yogurt and/or ice cream. Some have various additional nutritional powders, such as soy, whey, or energy complexes. These drinks can be costly at local shops, so being able to whip one up at home is an inexpensive way to get your fix. You can be nutritionally refreshed quickly and easily whenever the mood strikes you.
One of the biggest obstacles many people face in trying to get their smoothies at home is not owning a blender. If you do happen to have a blender, great! However, believe an electric blender isn't actually a requirement for a making good smoothie. Assuming you have the right alternative materials, you can still make a wonderful, fruity, and nutritious drink that is not only tasty but also good for your health.
Here is how to make a smoothie without a blender in your own kitchen. If you plan to make more than one smoothie, double up on the ingredients below.
Step 1 - Get Prepared
Gather, wash, and chop fruits into small pieces on your chopping block or hard surface.
Step 2 - Assemble Ingredients in Mixing Bowl
Put all the chopped fruits inside the medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of yogurt, and any powder additives you may want.
Step 3 - Mix
If you are using an electric mixer, place the mixer’s blades into the bowl, and turn the power to low. Let the mixer blend the items together until the ingredients reach a smooth texture.
If you are not using an electric mixer, use a large spoon to mash fruits in the bowl before adding milk, yogurt, and the powders.
Note: With either method, fruits may be a little lumpy; that's OK. Lumps are fine as long as they have been mixed to some degree. They will not be as blended as when they would be if they had been pulsated in a blender or food processor.
Step 4 - Add Ice
Add crushed ice to your mixture, as much or as little as you'd like. Keep in mind, the ice will melt quickly and will water down your smoothie a bit.
Note: If you want your smoothie to be super cold, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
Step 5 - Stop Mixing, Pour, and Enjoy!
Turn off the electric mixer, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula, and pour your smoothie into an 8-oz. glass. Whether you clean up now or later doesn't matter, so long as you have time to enjoy your delicious smoothie!