Saturday, June 29, 2013

Creative Fruit Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothie

When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, the perfect way to enjoy them is in a healthy fruit smoothie. Whirl up the berries with yogurt for a creamy, refreshing snack or quick breakfast. Orange juice adds a sweet tang.

Serving: 4
Preparation Time: 15 mins

1 quart (4 cups) ripe strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
4 thin orange slices (optional)

1. Hull all but 4 of the strawberries. Add the hulled strawberries to a food processor or blender. Add the yogurt, orange juice, and sugar. Process on the highest speed until a well-blended puree forms, about 15 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container once or twice. Taste the mixture and sweeten with more sugar, if you wish.

2. Pour into tall glasses. Slit the 4 whole strawberries and the orange slices halfway through to the centers. Attach 1 strawberry and 1 orange slice, if using, to the rim of each glass before serving.

Secret Ingredient Mango Smoothie

Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets. This one uses avocado, which, aside from the great nutritional benefits, lends a rich and creamy mouth feel.

Serving: 1
Preparation Time: 15 mins

1 cup chopped ripe mango
1/4 Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1/2 cup mango sorbet
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons honey2 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 cup crushed ice
2 mango slices, 1/2-inch thick
1 lime slice

1. In a blender, combine the chopped mango, avocado, sorbet, milk, honey, lime juice, and ice. Blend on high until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass. Slit the sliced mango and the sliced lime halfway through to the centers. Attach them to the rim of the glass before serving.

Viola! Enjoy!

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