Smooth, its an awful word really, can't even say what it makes me think of in a food blog.

I learned to make good smoothies while working at an ultra-cool vegetarian cafe in Austin TX. It was just when the low-carb thing was starting to take off, and emaciated and smelly people would order beet and ginger smoothies to detox their livers.

Smoothies kind of go well with the whole New Year's resolution thing. A way to eat a lot of fruit without chewing, I guess. They are featured on tons of magazine covers this month....

I usually base my smoothies on a frozen banana and I do not use ice (just makes them watery). The rest is kind of improvised, but here are some tasty smoothie recipes for normal eaters:

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup milk or soy milk
1tsp cocoa powder
drizzle of honey to taste

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
splash of milk or soymilk

4 dates
1/2 cup soymilk (blend together first)
2tbs. almond meal
1 frozen banana
drizzle of honey to taste

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango slices
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup light coconut milk