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Summer treats - Fun fruit shakes

Shake it up!

Milk shakes for breakfast? Treats do not have to be expensive or unhealthy to be good! These fruit shakes can be eaten for breakfast, snack or a refreshing dessert. They can be tailored to any dietary needs and take just minutes to make. Sound too good to be true? You be the judge!

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Fruit shake recipes

Serves one adult or two kids

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • Additional fruit of your choice

Directions:

To make, break frozen banana into pieces and put in blender. Add yogurt, cover with milk and blend on high. Add any additional fruits. Blend until consistency of a milkshake (usually 30 seconds).

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Be sure to serve these shakes immediately or the banana will start to brown.

Extra shake ingredients

This recipe is extremely versatile. You can vary the ingredients to comply with your diet or special needs. These shakes are great alternatives for those with diabetes, food allergies and intolerances and vegetarians. Experiment and have fun!

Frozen bananas -- I buy them when they are in season, then peel and deep-freeze in zipper bags. They will keep for 3 months. Frozen bananas give these shakes their creamy consistency, and you generally can't taste them. If you don't like bananas and don't want them in your drink, substitute crushed ice instead.

Milk -- You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or even juice. All work just fine. Milk will give you a creamier shake. Juice is a great way to sweeten these drinks.

Sweeteners -- Any fruit of your choice, extracts, drink mixes, syrups, jams or spices will work. You'll see lots of examples below. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! If your shake turns out on the tart side, you can sweeten it naturally with honey, pitted or chopped dates, raisins, grapes or juice. You could also use the traditional method -- add sugar. If serving for breakfast, try to keep it as healthy as possible.

Or try one of these fun additions:

  • 1 teaspoon. vanilla extract
  • A few squirts of chocolate syrup
  • 1 handful of strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 1-2 pitted dates
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped or crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 peeled, chopped apple
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 to 2 cups chunks of frozen, seeded watermelon

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