There’s a lot you can do with fresh fruit in the summer — freeze it, bake it, can it — but our favorite is to drink it! We asked WHYY-ers to share their favorite smoothie blends. To hear more, tune in to Morning Edition with Jennifer Lynn, Friday on WHYY-FM or online between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. She’ll be taking more suggestions via Twitter.
What do you put in your smoothie? Tell us in the comments below.
Jeanette Woods, producer: “Fresh mangos and blue berries. I have been in love with blueberries since I was old enough to pick them from the blueberry patch at the New Jersey house where I grew up.”
Peter Crimmins, arts and culture reporter: “I focus on just a few farmers market items in the summer: peaches and blueberries! I make banana/peach/blueberry smoothies during peach season. When the blueberries run out, I switch to frozen strawberries. When the peaches run out, I stop making smoothies.”
Shannon McDonald, social media strategist: “Everyone’s smoothies sound better than mine…one banana, three peach slices, three to four strawberries and one scoop of plain yogurt or a little bit of OJ — and about 4 minutes on my very old, very tired original Magic Bullet.”
Neema Roshania, Northwest Philadelphia associate editor: “I am open to putting anything in my smoothies, though sometimes I take it too far (broccoli was a bad idea). My favorites are kale, all the berries, mango when I can get my hands on good ones (frozen sometimes too), mint, watermelon and cucumbers. I also am making lots of berry compotes on the weekends. And I haven’t gotten the chance to go berry picking yet this year, but when I do, it results in a series of strawberry (sometimes with rhubarb) pies.”
Kimberly Paynter, photographer: “OH MAN. Mangos! Almond milk! A splash of natural vanilla extract! Chia seeds! Peanut butter! Almond milk! Banana! Flax seeds! A pinch of kale! Almond milk! Almond butter! Frozen peaches! Fresh blueberries! Flax seeds! Almond milk! Banana! Blueberries! The Magic Bullet rules.”
John Mussoni, Delaware news director: “My smoothie uses bananas, blueberries and frozen mango for juice.”
Jennifer Lynn, Morning Edition host: “I like carrots and pineapple with whatever juice I have in the fridge, mixed with fresh peaches and fresh strawberries and one leaf of Swiss chard and one leaf of arugula. They add a little bit of spark to the sweet. Too much greenery and it tastes like the underside of a lawnmower — not that I’ve tasted the underside of a lawnmower — just using my imagination here!”
Kimberly Haas, NewsWorks Tonight producer: “Fresh fruit is so good right now, it doesn’t make it into the blender. I eat it all up beforehand!”
Madeline Vogel, social media intern: “I’ve been drinking the same smoothie for three years — strawberries, mangos, apple juice. It’s simple but delish.”
Elizabeth Fiedler, urban life correspondent: “Unsweetened almond milk, frozen blueberries and strawberries, bananas, orange juice. Don’t forget the almond milk — unsweetened actually has more calcium. My dad likes spinach.”
Betsy Feil, intern and volunteer coordinator: “Actually I just do a protein drink. Any smoothies I drink I purchase at a juice bar.”
Dana Schmidt, marketing and communications director: “I always drink a smoothie in the morning. Spinach, banana, greek yogurt, orange juice, sometimes strawberries or blueberries. Sometimes Nutella if I’m feeling wild.”