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Summer Blendin'

Summer Blendin'

Cool and refreshing concoctions.

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It seems to be that ever where I go lately I find myself giving out these recipes again and again. People are shocked to hear that there is such an easy and healthy solution to that heavy summer feeling that begs for a quick pick-me-up. The positive feedback is getting so great that I decided to let everybody in on the secret. Make space on your counter -- the blender is here!

Fruit Milkshake

Because this is a milk-based shake, it is not recommended to use any citrusy fruits. As long as your fruit is ripe and sweet enough, there is no need for any added sugar. For the best results, freeze your fruit at least a day in advance. I purposely buy overly ripe soft fruits, cut them into cubes and then portion them out into sandwich bags. When I am ready to make my shake, I just spill the frozen contents in the blender and add the milk!

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups cubed and frozen fruit – try banana, cantaloupe, peaches, plums, cherries, strawberries, etc.
4 dates, almonds, or walnuts (optional)
1 ½ cups cold milk

Directions:
Place ingredients in blender and blend. Add more milk as necessary until the mixture is thoroughly blended and smooth. Pour in glasses and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Tropical Freeze

What a cool refresher on a hot afternoon!

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups cubed and frozen fruit – try mango, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, banana, etc.
1 cup cold pineapple juice

Directions:
Place ingredients in blender and blend. Add more juice as necessary until the mixture is thoroughly blended and smooth. Pour in glasses and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Apple Slushie

A quick cool solution when you are out of frozen fruit. Try experimenting with other juice concentrates!

Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup ice, cubes or crushed
1 ½ cups water, room temperature
2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate

Directions:
Place ingredients in blender and blend. Add more water as necessary until the mixture is thoroughly blended and smooth. Pour in glasses and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Homemade Iced Coffee or Iced Cocoa

This one is a bit less healthy but it sure beats the taste and price of the store bought version! For a calmer drink, try leaving out the coffee and cocoa and up the vanilla to 1 teaspoon.

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups ice, cubes or crushed
1 ½ cups cold milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee or 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Place ingredients in blender and blend. Add more milk as necessary until the mixture is thoroughly blended and smooth. Pour in glasses and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Enjoy!

Published: August 9, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Anonymous, August 10, 2009 2:51 PM

summer blendin'

Delicious, healthy-better than paying at the store and easy on my budget, thanks

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