My husband has a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge all year. 365 days a year, he sips on lemonade. Even in the freezing cold winter. I'm the total opposite. I'm a seasonal sipper. In the winter months, I need cozy, warm drinks...and when the temps heat up and the days are longer, I hanker for something refreshing in that glass (yes, then, I will take some of his lemonade).
I've been thinking of new tastes to sip on, maybe ones that offer a boost in nutrients and good things for all of us in the abode and am eyeing a small blender to make Spring Smoothies. I know, we have to be aware of too much sugar from juice and yogurt and stuff, but I surfed around and found a few that fit the bill.
For all of them, you just combine the ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Almond Banana Smoothie (From Bon Appetit)
2 large ripe bananas, peeled, sliced
2 cups almond milk or whole milk
2 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish with ground nutmeg.
The Tummy Smoother (From Women's Health Magazine)
1 c peeled, seeded, cubed papaya
1 c frozen sliced peaches
1 medium pear, cubed, skin optional
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp sliced ginger
6 mint leaves
1/2 c low-fat Greek yogurt
6 ice cubes
Garnish with mint.
The Baby Protector (From Women's Health Magazine)
3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
1 c frozen blackberries
2 c peeled, cubed kiwis 2 apricots, skin optional
1/2 c skim milk powder
1 c prune juice, frozen in ice cube trays (or 1/2 c prune juice and 1 c ice cubes)
The Mental Boost Smoothie (From Joy Bauer on Today's Health)
3/4 cup skim milk (may substitute soy, almond, or rice milk)
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and/or strawberries)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
What is your favorite smoothie?