Thirsty Thursday makes it debut with an easy,healthy blueberry banana smoothie made from non-fat Greek yogurt, honey, organic apple juice; and enriched with wheat germ, a good source of vitamins B and E, iron, heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, among other important vitamins and dietary supplements necessary for a healthy diet.
Originally smoothies were a combination of fruit, fruit juice and ice pureed in a blender. According to Wikipedia, pureed fruit drinks were first sold by health food stores on the West coast in the 1930’s. These icy fruit concoctions weren’t called “smoothies” until the Waring blender company published a cookbook of pureed fruit drinks using their machines; thus the name. Modern day smoothie can be composed of just about any kind of fruit, fruit juice, yogurt and honey or other sweeteners. There are healthy smoothies, alcoholic smoothies, like the pina colada, for instance, and smoothies made with soft drinks. Many vegetarians and vegans drink smoothies made with green vegetables such as spinach, kale and romaine lettuce. Just about anything goes, it seems! Try this Blueberry Banana Smoothie for breakfast!
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
1 cup apple juice
1 medium banana, sliced in the 1-1-1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1-2 tsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Alternatively, use a hand blender to puree ingredients. Makes about 2-1/2-3 cups. Serves 2-4.