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to make a smoothie
Smoothie recipe books do exist, but they’re really only
good for inspiration. The one sure way to get a perfect smoothie
is to forget about the measuring cups, and rely on a little
trial and error. The ripeness of the fruit, whether the fruit is
frozen or not, as well as how good a job your blender does of
pulverizing the ingredients will all factor into the amount of
time you’ll need to blend your ingredients, and the final
consistency of your smoothie. A proper smoothie should be just
liquidy enough that you can suck it up through a straw without
having to strain your lungs to the point of bursting.
What will generally happen is that you’ll toss your
ingredients into the container, zizz it all up for four minutes
or so (it may look blended in less than that, but let the blender go
a bit longer to make sure that you get all the chunks), and the
smoothie will either be too thick or too watery. If the blender
blades whir and whir without making a dent in any of that fruit
you’ve crammed in, turn off the blender, add a little more
liquid, then remove the container and give it a good shake to
loosen up the ingredients. If after the first zizz, your
smoothie is closer to the solid state than the liquid state, add
juice, milk, soymilk, even water, then blend it all for another
couple of minutes. If your smoothie resembles juice, on the
other hand, thicken it up with ice, banana, frozen yogurt or ice
cream, all of which will give a smoothie instant body.
Not exactly an authentic recipe for a mango lassi, this smoothie is
inspired by the flavors of that yummy Indian beverage ...
1 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup water
dash of cinnamon
dash of cardamom
ice (optional: use it to thicken if desired)
Once you’ve achieved the right consistency with your smoothie, pour
it into a nice, big glass and pop in a straw. Then find a nice shady
spot with a good breeze, kick back with your concoction and enjoy!
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