Cookery Corner: Tropical Smoothie for the Holidays

Tropical smoothie is a combination of various fruits which are readily available at the supermarket or at your local market. To keep things basic, you really only need a liquid – you can use anything from water to milk to coconut milk to fruit juice – and the fruit. If you are using fresh fruit, or if you like a thicker or icier consistency, you’ll want to add a bit of ice, too.

Ingredients for Tropical Smoothie:

There are only a few ingredients that you need to make this tropical smoothie. These ingredients are easy to keep on hand – either in the refrigerator or the freezer. Here are what you need:

  • mango chunks
  • strawberries
  • bananas
  • milk
  • orange juice
  • plain yogurt (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • honey

Tips for mixing:

  • Not all blenders are created equal. This doesn’t mean that you must have the newest, most expensive blender on the market,  but the truth of the matter is that most smoothies won’t be as smooth in a cheaper blender as they are in a more powerful blender. Frozen fruit can take awhile to break down into the smoothie if you don’t have a high powered blender, but unfrozen fruits can blend without  hitches on a cheaper blender, so just be aware that it may take a little longer in a cheaper blender to blend frozen fruits.
  • If you are using a high powered blender, you can just throw everything in any order. If you have a cheaper blender, put the liquid in first and the frozen fruits last.
  • Start your blender on a low speed and work up to a higher speed.
  • And serve immediately if it’s the frozen fruits you used or you can put in the refrigerator for a while if it’s the unfrozen fruits you used.

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