But first, let me advertise a bit. See, for a long time, I thought a lot of the new-fangled gadgets were a bit silly. The Keurig/Mr. Coffee single cup coffee makers, small bowls and such for setting aside chopped veggies and spices (doesn’t that just make more dishes to have to wash?), cherry pitters, bagel slicers, and the item I’m about to go into near-sacred praising of: the single smoothie/shake blender. After all, I have a nice full-sized blender, why would I ever need a single one?
Simple. Storage and cleaning and convenience.
I found mine, a Hamilton Beach Personal Blender at a local grocery store (HEB for those Texas folk who read my blog) for $15. You can also find them at Walmart and at Target (I’m sure), or you can find more expensive equivalents. Mine is just like the one at Amazon, only…
Now for the smoothie that I made yesterday, the Blink Smoothie. I’m naming it that because the color is very similar to the X-Men character, Blink, and since this is the Geek Girl Gourmet, I definitely need to make sure the Geek is represented thoroughly in these pages.
First off, I put 5 ice cubes (you don’t want to overload these wee beauties with too much ice, after all) in and crushed them up first. Then I added the frozen strawberries (again about 4-6, depending on the size) and blend those in. Add in the blueberries (either frozen or fresh; I used fresh because I have them). Now these aren’t going to blend smoothly yet, but at least, they’ll be ground up a bit. This is when you want to add your juice base. I used an HEB brand blueberry-pomegranate juice and added probably a third or half a cup. When I blended this time, it all became smooth and good.
And the end results? So freakin’ delicious!