I’ve always been a fan of smoothies. So much so in high school, I worked at a local Smoothie King shop. I made every smoothie recipe on the menu, but my favorite was their Angel Food Smoothie, a strawberry banana smoothie with turbinado sugar and the perfect ratio of nonfat milk to add creaminess. With no trace of angel food cake in the smoothie, their Angel Food Smoothie still tasted like heaven.
When I think about this Angel Food Smoothie, it takes me back to a warm Texas morning in my ’98 dark green boxy Jetta, windows down, singing to Pink at the top of my lungs on the way to work a shift at Smoothie King. Singing lyrics that were far too raw for my fairly happy upbringing, minus the typical high school breakups that left me moodier than PMS.
It ain’t easy growin up in World War III Never knowin what love could be, you’ll see I don’t want love to destroy me like it has done my family
I grew up in a self-constructed utopian bubble, full of creamy strawberry banana Angel Food smoothies. Pink was the lesson on juxtaposition I was learning in art class, where these two opposing objects show up in a painting at the same time. Her lyrics slowly began deconstructing my creamy, pink bubble, showing me a world outside my own—a world without $5 pink Angel Food strawberry banana smoothies, cute straws, happy families, and white picket fences.
That bubble has slowly been deconstructed in my adult years. Now I’m trying to figure out how to give my little girl pink Angel Food smoothies, just like the ones from my Smoothie King days, with cute paper straws but in even cuter glasses, while also teaching her there’s another shade of pink to life. A shade that’s just as real and important, a shade that will inevitably show up in her own life. Our pastor calls this “the holy mix.” The hard stuff in life is always right next to the good stuff. It’s the lesson on juxtaposition from art class. It’s singing Pink lyrics while sipping on an Angel Food Smoothie in highschool. Maybe you can’t have one without the other. Maybe that too is good.
I can’t remember Smoothie King’s recipe exactly. It’s been a good 10+ years since I worked there, but here’s my rendition. There’s no angel food cake in the smoothie. It should probably be renamed Strawberry Banana Smoothie, but that would be boring. Ample ice and a little water is necessary for the proper smoothie consistency. And if your smoothie burps a bubble at the end of the blend, you’ll know it’s perfect.
To your high-powered blender or Vitamix, add in all ingredients in the order listed, beginning with water and ending with ice (water, fruit, powders, ice).
Begin blending on low speed for about 30 seconds to bring ice to the bottom of the blender to begin crushing. Slowly turn speed up to high and blend for about a minute or more. You shouldn’t be able to hear ice crushing and the smoothie should have a swirl pattern at the top, coming together and dipping in the middle.
Turn machine off. Smoothie should burp (or a bubble should pop). Sometimes it takes a stern rock of the blender container for this to happen. If your smoothie to too bubbly, add a bit more ice. If your smoothie is too thick, add a bit more water. Note, consistency will vary a bit based on the size of the fruit and ice cubes as well as the power of the blender.
Here’s a couple add-in ideas:
• Under the weather? Break open an echinacea tablet into your smoothie as you add the other powders.
• In need of extra folic acid? Add in a tablespoon of wheat germ.
• Protein lover? Add in a tablespoon of plain protein. Note, this will change the texture of the smoothie. Protein yields a fluffier, more airy smoothie.
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Smoothie King Angel Food Copycat Recipe Tips
This strawberry banana smoothie is an option for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.
If you have kids, have them help out by cutting up the fresh strawberry and banana slices and putting them into some freezer containers to have smoothie packs at the ready.
Try adding in other fruit options (blueberries, raspberries, or clementines) in addition to the banana and strawberry pieces.
Feeling under the weather or fighting a cold? Throw in ginger or echinacea powder to supercharge your immune system.
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