Smoothies, blended drinks made of fruits and ice, or milkshakes that include any milk based products, are a favourite all year round. Who doesn’t love a refreshingly cold vanilla milkshake or strawberry smoothie on a warm afternoon? But, I have noticed a phenomenon that is all too common in many households. Smoothies and all other blender drinks seem to go through different phases in our house. The blender is really popular for about three weeks at a time; so popular that it hardly makes it back into its place. Then the obsession somehow dies down a bit, the blender goes back into the cabinet and sits there forlornly for months on end. All of a sudden, one day, someone finds it again and rediscovers the joy and excitement of making their own delicious drinks.
Do you know why I love making milk shakes, smoothies and other cold refreshing drinks? Aside from the fact that they are super healthy (usually), packed with vitamins and minerals, and are a great way of getting those suggested fruit servings into small bodies who need them, your kids/husbands/friends think you are the greatest, “coolest”, most innovative person around. But, it also happens to be a great way to deal with all those fruits (and vegetables) that are about to turn bad on you. Yes, you could always make compote, but creating cool and refreshing drinks for an afternoon snack or a breakfast shake sounds so much more exciting. All you have to do to save the fruit is to peel it (when applicable), cut it into bite size pieces, and lay them out flat on a cookie sheet. Once they have frozen, throw them into a Ziploc bag in the freezer. (I prefer to keep each type of fruit in its own bag). I always have bananas that are a touch too brown for any of the kids to even think about eating, and since that is the stage that they are sweetest, the milkshakes we make with them are really good. It’s also a great way of enjoying different seasonal fruits all year long.