A vitamina is a fruit shake. It’s one of the first drinks I had in Brazil and it’s a treat every now and then. Very healthy, very fresh. Brazilians loves fresh juice and whenever I have the chance, I order a vitamina as an afternoon snack. Or for breakfast. Or basically anytime I want one, which is often. Luckily we have such good fruit here that I can make my own, thereby saving a few centavos here and there.
If you want to make one for yourself and if you own a blender, you’ll be very happy with the recipe below. It’s just about the easiest thing in the world to make and you can switch it up with any kinds of fruits you want. So here we go…
(makes about 4 servings in a small cup)
1 small banana (or a half of a large one; this is a thickener so don’t put too much in or else you’ll suck your teeth right out of your head.)
1 peeled apple (macintosh or gala or fuji would work well)
1 half of a fresh papaya
skim milk (or any kind really, but skim is the only kind of milk I use. I think the flavor will come out a lot more if you use 2% or whole.)
Put all the fruit in a blender. Pour in milk so that it fills about half of the blender, maybe a little less. Start with less and then add more milk if you don’t like the consistency.
Say: “Wow, Gina was really right. This stuff is absolutely delicious.”
Think: “I should really send her a thank you note.”