Fruity summer smoothies
Smoothies are a tasty way to pack in several servings of fruits and vegetables. With a base of yogurt or milk, you can customize your smoothie to fit your taste preferences and whatever fruits are ripe and in season. And the best part is that these recipes don’t require a fancy juicer or industrial blender; you can whip up a batch in your home food processor or blender. For any of these recipes, feel free to add scoops of protein powder or other supplements to round out the health factor.
In a blender or food processor, combine a few handfuls of spinach, a splash of organic whole milk or soy milk, half of one avocado and two sliced mangoes. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more milk or spinach until you get the consistency you like. The sweetness of the mangoes will override the spinach flavor. However, if you want an even sweeter mango smoothie, add a squirt of agave nectar or vanilla syrup.
Start with one, 5.3-ounce single serve cup of plain Greek yogurt, like Dannon Oikos 0% Fat single-serve yogurt. Stir in one cup of berries. Choose berries that are ripe and in season. Pour in a dollop of honey to sweeten the smoothie. As you blend the ingredients, add ice or milk to achieve the desired consistency. For example, if you prefer a thin smoothie that you can sip through a straw, add an extra pour of milk. If you hope to achieve a milkshake-like consistency, add more ice.
Berry blend, variations
Using the instructions above as a starting point, you can adjust the berry blend to accommodate other fruits and flavors. Chop up a banana along with the berries to change the flavor and up the health ante. You can also switch out the berries for other ripe, in-season fruit like peaches. Finally, instead of yogurt, you can use almond or soy milk -- just add a few extra cubes of ice to thicken up the smoothie.
Apple and mango yogurt smoothie
Combine a handful of spinach with a cup of Greek yogurt. Chop one apple and one cup of mango. Stir in honey or agave to sweeten the smoothie. As you mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender, add ice or water to make the smoothie as thin or as thick as you would like.