So, my original intention for this smoothie was to be kiwi and star fruit, but my usual grocery store didn’t have any star fruit. I scoured another local grocery store for star fruit and came up empty, but I needed some other fruit to go with the kiwis. Then I spotted the prickly pears. I’d eaten prickly pears once before a long time ago and had vague memories of liking them, so I decided to give it a try. Prickly pears are the fruit of a cactus. Out in nature they have spikes on them like the rest of the cactus. But when you buy them in stores the spikes have been removed so there’s no danger of stabbing. They do however still have a bunch of annoying seeds inside. Experimenting with new fruits is always a little tricky, but the kiwi and prickly pear flavors went well together so it was worth it in the end.
For those who don’t know, Peach Melba is a fairly simple dessert featuring peaches (sometimes grilled, vanilla ice cream, raspberry syrup, and oftentimes mint. My dad really likes Peach Melba, and I just got it in my head last year that I should make a Peach Melba smoothie. I like turning desserts into smoothies because I know it should be yummy. I could have used ice cream in the smoothie if I really wanted to, but to keep things more on the healthy side I used my standby vanilla yogurt instead. And it did turn out yummy!
I have to admit I don’t have a ton to say about the creation of this smoothie. I had a mango left from a dinner I made earlier in the week that was very ripe and needed to be used, and the blackberries were starting to be ripe in Erik’s parents’ yard. I wasn’t sure how the combination would work, but it turned out pretty yummy! I felt like I had to use more honey than I usually do in smoothies, but the blackberries were pretty tart, so that’s probably why. If you have sweeter blackberries you likely won’t need as much sweetener. I have to say, mangos are one of my favorite fruits to use in smoothies. I really enjoy mango flavor, but just eating mangos can be kind of messy and sometimes you end up with mango fibers stuck between your teeth which is incredibly frustrating. Now that I’ve taken up enough room rambling…on to the recipe!
I tried making a watermelon smoothie in the past and found it to be too watery, but I’d been eating a lot of good watermelon this year and wanted to try again. I also had a lot of blueberries lying around, so I decided to combine the two. This is somewhat similar to the Blueberry Melon smoothie I made last year, but the flavors are different enough that I think they can stand on their own as individual smoothies. Fortunately this time the smoothie didn’t turn out too watery. Most likely due to the addition of yogurt this time instead of just using milk like I did last time. It wasn’t the thickest smoothie in the world, but it wasn’t just a juice drink either. But it was still nice and refreshing.
Full disclosure: any smoothie recipe posted that features bananas is one of Erik’s creations. I don’t like the flavor of bananas. The only banana thing I like is my mom’s banana bread because it doesn’t taste all that much like bananas. Anyway, back when Erik fought in martial arts shows, he devised his very own protein shake! All in all, it will net you between 40-50g of protein, and on top of that has lots of other great nutrients for you to enjoy in your sweaty, post-workout clothes! Besides that, this peanut butter shake can be made ‘just cuz’ if you’re in the mood for a nice yummy, peanut buttery treat, simply omit the raw eggs and wheat germ for something more dessert-like.