My restaurant supply house delivered Tuesday, and one of the things on their truck was a case of bananas. Yes, I know it seems stupid to buy 40 pounds of bananas at a clip, but at $23.59 for the case, how can I not buy them? I really love bananas, and I don't care if everyone else doesn't love them as much. It's my kitchen, after all.
This recipe comes from way back when I was in high school. In one of those women's magazines that my mother bought, there was a 3 day diet suggestion, so you could take off the 5 pounds you gained during the holiday parties. I'm not sure this was the magic bullet; I think it was the severe reduction in calories that did it, but the basis of the diet was this shake 4 times a day, with salad and hard boiled egg for lunch and a dinner of meat/veggies with no starch. I didn't care about the weight loss, but I love this shake!
ORANGE BANANA SHAKE
1 banana, broken in bits
approx. 1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dry milk powder
1 to 2 tsp sugar or 1-2 packets artificial sweetener
handful of ice
Break the banana into your blender, and pour in enough orange juice to just cover it. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, dry milk powder and sugar or sweetener; whirl until banana is mushed. Turn off the blender (unless you want to wash your kitchen walls, of course), drop in a handful of ice, restart the blender, and whirl until the ice is crushed.
Pour it into a really pretty glass if you want to feel fancy about this. It's filling, nutritious, low calorie and highly flavorful. What more could you want?
Oh, and please don't call it a "smoothie" in front of me. I hate the new trend of naming things with the "ie" at the end. A hooded sweatshirt is not a "hoodie" unless you're too lazy to say four syllables instead of two. It just sounds like something you'd give to your 2 year old, along with his blankie. OK, rant over.