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Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

I had dinner with a friend last night and as I was driving home, under an almost-blue moon (which is tonight, by the way), with the windows down and the sunroof open, I felt a change in the air.  It was the change that comes in the summer when evenings get slightly cooler and temperatures dip into the 60s for the first time.  And even though it’s supposed to get a little warmer here for the weekend than it’s been the last couple of beautiful days, I’m eagerly waiting for those nights when I can turn off the air conditioning and sleep with the windows open.  Which should be any day now.  I hope.  As I wait, I’ll just savor these remaining warm summer days and keep sipping on something cold and refreshing like this Strawberry-Mango Smoothie.

Fresh strawberries, frozen mangoes, yogurt and mango nectar are blended until creamy, smooth, sweet and tangy.  I prefer to use frozen fruit in my smoothies as opposed to ice because I like the texture of the frozen fruit but obviously you can use fresh fruit and ice instead.  Also, if you can’t find mango nectar (which I find in the international foods section of my grocery store), simply substitute orange juice or apple juice.  Really, just throw in whatever you want.  Smoothies are a sweet ending or a good accompaniment to a weekend brunch, as a way to get a couple servings of fruit in you, or just to cool off on a hot day.  Whatever your day brings you, I hope you have fun today or tonight and do something you wouldn’t normally do, something off the cuff and unexpected.  That way when you tell your kids/friends your story, you can officially say, “I did it once in a blue moon.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

Strawberry-Mango Smoothies (makes 2 smoothies)

  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1/2 cup mango nectar or fruit juice
  • 1 6-ounce carton fat-free strawberry yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for one minute until smooth.  Garnish with fresh strawberries or mango slices.

The ingredients:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for one minute until smooth.

Garnish with fresh strawberries or mangoes.

Pineapple-Mango Yogurt Smoothie

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you just had too much?  Too much food?  Too much drink?  Too much fun?  That was the weekend I had last weekend.  When my friend in Florida came home to spend Father’s Day with her pop, we decided to take the opportunity to get the girls together and have some fun.  From Friday afternoon until the wee hours of Sunday, we partied.  And hard.  I decided it was probably necessary to get something healthy in my body and pronto!  

The Pineapple-Mango Yogurt Smoothie I made was both tasty and filling.  Frozen pineapple and mango chunks are blended with non-fat vanilla yogurt, non-fat milk, and a little sugar.  As I spent Sunday resting and relaxing, I sipped on this and felt refreshed.  I liked it so much, I made another one for breakfast on Monday.  What is it about smoothies that somehow just make you feel better?       

Pineapple-Mango Yogurt Smoothie (makes 1 smoothie)

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 6-ounces non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.  Add more milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.  If you prefer to use fresh fruit, simply add 1 cup of crushed ice. 

The ingredients:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Add more milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.

Sweet Raspberry Dip

I’ve been going a little crazy lately in the produce department of my grocery store because as the weather gets warmer, the fruits seem to be getting brighter and more colorful and they all call my name. I swear I don’t know which direction to go to first and end up spinning around in circles as I decide on peaches vs. nectarines, grapes vs. cherries, blueberries vs. blackberries, or apricots vs. plums. The problem with not being able to decide is that I end up buying a little of everything and I’m left with more fruit than I know what to do with. Generally, I whip up a big batch of mixed fruit salad but sometimes when friends come over I want to make something a little less ordinary.

Sweet Raspberry Dip is a creamy, light fruit dip perfect for dipping summer stone fruit or other seasonal gems. Fresh raspberries are mashed with sugar and blended with plain Greek yogurt to make a dip similar in taste to raspberry yogurt except fresher and brighter. Serve with slices of mango, peaches, apricots, or plums or use strawberries or cherries to dunk. Use thawed frozen raspberries in the fall or winter and serve with autumn fruit like apples or pears. If you’re craving something sweet but are trying to stay healthy, this is one fruity appetizer or dessert where you won’t feel guilty if you eat too much.

Speaking of SWEET, today is my sweet, sweet sister Katie’s birthday!  She’s 12 years younger than me and one of my best friends.  I wish I could’ve made some cookies or cake for her but she is in Texas so that means it would have all ended up in MY belly and on MY thighs!  Maybe next week when I see her in Chicago, we’ll make something sweet that we can share with you! 🙂

The ingredients:

In a small bowl, mash the raspberries with the sugar.

Stir in the yogurt.

Serve with your favorite fruit.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Like It

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