Alan asked for a homemade V8 recipe and a smoothie recipe. The V8 is crazy-easy.
12 ounces of tomato paste
48 ounces of water
1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste but this is what we like)
Tabasco to taste (optional)
Stir it up in a pitcher. It usually cost about $.70 for a whole pitcher full.
The smoothies are a little different. There is so much room for creativity with a smoothie but this is the basic concept.
Frozen fruit (bananas, berries, melon)
Liquid of choice (milk, soy milk, yogurt, kefir, juice, cold herbal tea, cold coffee for the adults)
Extra options (cocoa powder, protein powder, ground flax seed, milk powder)
The frozen fruit is what thickens up the smoothie. If your fruit is fresh just add ice as a thickener. Basically I start with a cup of frozen fruit and a cup of liquid and blend it on high. Then if it's too runny I add ice or more frozen fruit. If it's too thick I add more liquid. Then I add about a tablespoon of extras. These are so fun and you can get really creative with them. I tend to favor berry, bananas, and yogurt or green tea with banana and peaches or an orange julius smoothie made with orange juice, powdered milk, ice and a little sugar.
Have fun with it!