Enjoy this soul food smoothie recipe article that was written by Will Turnage from GoBlendIt.com, a blender review website.
Some of the most delicious southern soul food drinks include sweet tea and lemonade. But did you also know that you can make a delicious soulfood smoothie recipe, southern style as well? Now you won't find many exotic fruits like mango growing down south in the US. You have to go way further south for that. But you will find some delicious fruits and other ingredients that are very popular in the southern US that you can use to make great smoothies with.
Some of these ingredients even have some unique fat burning properties so you not only get the benefit of great taste but you may even lose some weight in the process. Weight loss smoothies have become very popular recently because they are so delicious and have so many positive health benefits.
Here is my list of fruits and ingredients that are very popular in our downhome soulfood smoothie recipe, all which make great additions to any healthy smoothie.Strawberries
Strawberry vines grow wild all across North America. When summer comes around the South I'll see the vines cropping up all over my back yard. Most of the berries get eaten by squirrels and birds though, and the ones that do manage to escape are generally too small to be worth eating. So I usually make a trip down to the store and get some big, red, juicy ones. The ones that don?t get eaten right away I save for my smoothie.
In the South, there are also really cool pick-your-own berry farms where you can take your family out for a day of pickn'. Kids really love riding out to the fields in a tractor or buggy and being able to pick their own strawberries. If you live in the South or are visiting check the internet to get times and locations for the berry farms in your area. Fields usually get picked pretty quickly in season, so you need to plan ahead.Watermelons
Another staple fruit of summer, especially in the South, is the watermelon. This juicy fruit is 92% water, 6% sugar, and 2% yummy deliciousness. Watermelon originated from southern Africa. It is grown in 44 states in the US. There are over 1,000 different kinds of watermelon, from big to small and even seedless kinds.Oatmeal
Now when you think Southern breakfast you usually think grits and fried sausage or bacon. I personally don't care for grits. To get any taste to them you have to add so much butter. So I usually opt for the healthier and tastier oatmeal. In addition to breakfast, oatmeal also makes a great addition to most any smoothie. It'll thicken your smoothie up and add some excellent fat burning properties.
Oatmeal is an amazing natural fat burner. It is very high in fiber and will fill you up so that you will not be as hungry throughout the day. Oatmeal can also help prevent sugar highs and crashes that you get with processed sugary foods because it contains complex carbs. Oatmeal can also help to lower cholesterol.Skim Milk
Milk is very popular in dishes all around the world and especially in the South. Skim milk has a very high level of calcium and is much healthier than the full fat version. Calcium and dairy products have been shown in many studies to help with weight loss and decrease the amount of fat in the body. As the slogan goes, "Milk. It does a body good."
Here is a complete fruit soulfood smoothie recipe for you to follow using the ingredients I've just described above.
How to Prepare:
1. Make sure you remove the stems and leaves from the strawberries and the seeds and the covering or hull from the watermelon. You just want to use the part that you would normally eat on the watermelon.
2. Add the skim milk and oatmeal to the blender first, followed by the ice, then the strawberries and watermelon. Finish with the honey.
3. Start blending slowly at first, then faster as the ingredients move down to the blades. This helps to ensure that all of the ingredients get blended smoothly. Blending should only take 30 seconds to a minute or so.
4. Pour it out and enjoy!
If you're going to be making this smoothie, you need to have one of the best blenders you can find. The last thing you want is to have icy chunks left or pieces of fruit because your blender was not up to the task.
This recipe provided courtesy of http://www.soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com/
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