Fruit Smoothies

No excuses to miss your vitamin C, especially in summer. You don't necessarily need a citrus juicer (non-electric ones are cheap and easily found at yard sales and second-hand shops), but an electric blender or food processor is pretty much necessary. Mashing bananas and stirring in citrus pulp by hand is OK, but you'll get a smoother consistency with a blender and citrus juicer.

Inventing a fruit smoothie or shake is simple on your own; you don't have to follow any recipe exactly. One thing to keep in mind is that if you use a sour or tart fruit, you should also include a sweet fruit to balance it out, e.g., one lemon and one banana.

Following are lists of combinations I prefer; they generally result in about 30 ounces (one liter) of shake. I often either add crushed ice or pour the shake over ice cubes.

Yellow Frothy Doom
Two grapefruit, four lemons, two bananas
Orange Frothy Doom
Six valencia oranges, two lemons, one banana
Sour Neon Doom
Four grapefruit, two limes, half pint raspberries or blackberries
Sweet Neon Doom
Three grapefruit, two bananas, half pint raspberries or blackberries
Sunshine on a Stick
One banana, two lemons, two oranges
Purple Death
Two grapefruit, one lemon, one pint blueberries
Should've Added a Banana
Two lemons, one grapefruit, one pint blueberries
Sense and Sensibility
One banana, one grapefruit, one lemon, one pint strawberries
Extra-Strength Pain Reliever
Four lemons, 20 oz water, two tablespoons honey, crushed ice
Hair on Your Chest
Two lemons, one grapefruit, one pint blueberries, one cup strawberries


Will yield about a liter of smoothie, depending on the size of the fruit and the amount of ice you add (if you choose).

All of the recipes in this index urge you to use organic foods, but smoothies especially taste better when made with organically-grown berries and citrus fruits. They have more flavor and will show more variety in color and taste.