Red White and Blue Smoothie

I happened upon this idea a few weeks ago when pouring a second round of a kale smoothie into half full glass. The two shades of green remained distinct, and it occurred to me that the smoothie world — which has been so thoroughly explored of late — is ripe for a little layering.

Red White and Blue SmoothieAnd what better time to roll out this concept than the Fourth of July? Here’s a refreshing red, white and blue treat for a holiday that is screaming for something new and free of fat, artificial dyes and high fructose corn syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen green grapes
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup cold water

Directions

The key to the success of a three-tiered, layered smoothie is a good, solid frozen combination. We started out with a mix that was a little too on the liquidy side, and the layers quickly ran together. The solution was keep the liquid to a minimum, use all frozen fruit, and store each layer in the freezer — even if just for a few minutes — before assembling.

Chill four clear glasses.

Blue layer:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup green grapes
  • 1 frozen banana, broken into 3-4 pieces
  • 1/3 cup cold water

White layer:

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/3 cup green grapes
  • 1/3 cold water

Red layer

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen green grapes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup water
  1. Starting with the blue: combine frozen blueberries, grapes, banana and water into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large mug or  container with a lid and place in the freezer until the two other layers are completed.
  2. For the white layer: thoroughly rinse blender and combine yogurt, 2 frozen bananas, 1/3 cup frozen grapes and 1/3 cup water. Blend until smooth.  Pour into a large mug or container with a lid and place in the freezer.
  3. For the red layer: thoroughly rinse blender. Combine strawberries, banana, grapes and water. Blend until smooth.
  4. Remove  blueberry smoothie from the freezer. Using a tablespoon, evenly distribute among four chilled glasses, followed by the yogurt/banana smoothie in the middle and the strawberry/banana smoothie on top.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.