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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Thursday Recipe - On Saturday! Smoothies

It's been a wild week. Lady Fortuna has paid me a very unwelcome visit, not once, twice, or thrice, but multiple times this week. Sorry the post is late. I had it all written and everything, but disaster struck and now I'm finally posting it only two days late. One of these days I'll figure out how to schedule posts so it doesn't happen anymore.

Summer means lots of hot weather. I don't want to cook. My kids want cold treats. I want them to eat something other than sugar. Most of them can't eat dairy. So what's healthy, fast, cold, and a treat? Smoothies.

We recently empowered my 8yo and 10yo by teaching them how to run the blender and make their own smoothies. Below are some of their favorite combinations. Feel free to play with the recipes and try out your own combination. All you need is a blender, some fruit, and your imagination.

Smoothies

1 c. fresh fruit
2 c. frozen fruit
2 c. juice or rice milk (or other non-dairy milk or use dairy if you want)

Dump everything in the blender. Run on high until it's smooth and creamy. Add more liquid if needed. Makes about 1 quart.

Some variations to get you started:

PB&J - 2 c. strawberries, 1/3 c. peanut butter, 2 T. strawberry jam, 2 c. rice milk, 1/4 c. chocolate drink mix powder (optional)

Banana Surprise - 1 really ripe banana, 1/4 c. peanut butter, 1/3 c. chocolate chips, 2 c. rice milk, 1 c. ice cubes. Blend everything but ice cubes. Add them one at a time until the shake is smooth and creamy.

Tropical Fruit - 1 13 oz can tropical fruit salad (do not drain), 1 c. orange juice, 1/2 c. crushed pineapple with juice, 2 T. shredded coconut, 1 c. ice cubes. Dump everything in the blender and run until smooth.

Strawberry Banana - 2 really ripe bananas, 2 c. frozen strawberries, 2 c. rice milk, 1 t. vanilla

Berry Smooth - 1 c. frozen blueberries, 1 c. frozen strawberries, 1 c. mixed berries, 1 really ripe banana, 2 c. apple juice

Just Peachy - 2 c. fresh peaches, 1 c. apple juice, 2 c. ice cubes, pinch of nutmeg

Pina Colada - 2 c. pineapple, 1 c. pineapple juice (or use one 18 oz can pineapple in place of both), 1 c. lowfat coconut milk, 1 t. rum flavoring, 2 c. ice

Mint Julep - 2 c. strong lemonade, 2 c. ice cubes, 2 fresh mint leaves, 1 c. lemon lime soda. Blend lemonade, ice, and mint leaves until smooth. Stir in soda. Garnish with more mint.

Berry Blueness - 1 packet blue punch mix, 1 c. sugar, 2 c. water, 2 c. mixed berries, 1 c. ice, 1 t. lemon juice. Mix punch mix, sugar, and water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour into blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.