Yesterday, I whipped up a quick smoothie for breakfast using the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • about a cup of frozen apple chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • about a tablespoon of honey
  • about a teaspoon of flax seed
  • about a half cup of water
  • about a half cup of chopped fresh carrots

It was a quick concoction using what I had on had in the refrigerator and freezer and it tasted quite good. Smoothies are pretty easy to make using whatever you can find and I have rarely been disappointed when I’ve experimented with ingredients. And, the nice thing is that if you taste it before you take it out of the blender, you can adjust the taste by adding other fruits or honey.

Coincidentally, while drinking this smoothie, I turned on America’s Test Kitchen, as is my Saturday morning tradition if I’m at home, and they aired a taste test of Greek yogurt.  I’m already a label reader so I was aware that some yogurts have more than the basic ingredients of milk and yogurt cultures.  Some manufacturers slip in other additives such as pectin, gelatin, cornstarch, sodium citrate, malic acid or lactic acid.

(This morning, I’m having slices of a fresh Honey Crisp apple dipped in peanut butter. This was the first year that I tried the Honey Crisp variety of apples and TM thinks I’m addicted. I’m going to miss them when they are no longer in season here.)