I made a version of these with dairy, and one without, and they were both fantastic. If you use frozen fruit (Trader Joe’s sells a particularly nice frozen mango), you don’t need to add ice, because the frozen fruit makes everything cold and frothy. Frozen berries also work nicely. If you like a little bit of zing, I’ve added fresh ginger to smoothies, too. It’s not for everyone, but it does add a little interest.
We serve smoothies in frosty mugs at our house. These were listed in a breakfast section of Barefoot Contessa Parties!, but we also like them as an afternoon snack or an after-dinner dessert. We drank a lot of these when our son was a tiny baby and we were eating at all hours. Smoothies get a bad rep in women’s magazines as being chock-full of hidden calories and fat, but if you make them at home, you can control what goes into them, and they are a great way to get a lot of fruit in your diet without a lot of effort.