Cranberry Orange Smoothie

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This is hands down my favorite smoothie of all the new ones we have tried!  I have never bought frozen cranberries before, but will keep them in the freezer now. I love adding fresh oranges. The combination of flavors is full of flavor and blends so well with Almond Coconut Milk and Greek yogurt.

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Cranberry Orange Smoothie

1 cup almond coconut milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used whole milk yogurt, not low-fat)
2/3 cup frozen cranberries
2 oranges, peeled, segmented, and seeded
2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
Combine the almond milk, yogurt, cranberries, oranges and maple syrup in the blender.

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Meyer Lemon Smoothie

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A few days of much warmer weather had me looking at new smoothie recipes this week. My niece sent me a link to this one posted on realsimple.com.  Their version had the Meyer lemons peeled but then added lemon zest.  Meyer lemon skins are very thin (and difficult to peel without loosing alot of juice) and I have used the whole seeded lemon in other recipes, so I simply seeded the lemons and cut them in chunks, providing plenty of zest in the blending. I am not fond of drinking buttermilk but these breakfast treats were yummy, a definite keeper for refreshing summertime smoothies. I always love adding another Meyer lemon recipe to my files.  Our tree provides us with a bountiful supply of lemons every year.
Meyer Lemon Smoothie
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt
2 Meyer lemons seeded and cut in pieces
about 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2  tablespoons agave syrup or honey to taste
1 cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients except ice in blender beginning with buttermilk. When lemon chunks have been pureed, add crushed ice and blend a few seconds longer. Pour in 2 glasses and garnish with lemon slice or mint.

Melon, Mango, and Mint Smoothie

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Summer means cold watermelon slices in Texas – just one of the ways we try to beat the heat. Holiday get- togethers ,family gatherings, or simple suppers often include cantaloupe or watermelon as a side.  Cool, sweet, and juicy, there is no better way to eat melons than sliced and eaten fresh.  Some like to add a dash of salt.  We love a squeeze of lime juice.

Often, there are a few slices of melon leftover which are fine stored in the refrigerator for a quick, cool snack.  We also like to use melon in smoothies, so I thought I would post a simple recipe for a wonderful summertime breakfast smoothie.

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Melon, Mango, and Mint Smoothie

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 mango, seeded and scooped out

1 cup (or more) seeded watermelon pieces, or substitute any melon

1 sprig of mint, leaves stripped

1 Tablespoon honey

juice of 1/2 lime

Place all ingredients in blender jar and pulse until smooth.  Pour into a pretty glass and garnish with a thin slice of melon.

 

 

 

Summer Smoothies

Mango is my favorite tropical fruit.  We particularly like the small sweet Adolfo mango, also known as Champagne Mango.  I stand the mango up on its stem end, carefully slice down each side of the large seed, then, holding a mango half in my palm, make crisscross diagonal cuts.  Then I turn the half inside out so that the bite size pieces can be scooped off with a spoon. For fruit plates, I sometimes leave the half just as it is i the photo, for each person to scoop for themselves.

When we lived in Indonesia, we had a mango tree in our back yard.  I made pies with them, very much like peach pie.

I like them plain, but also use them in salsa, sauces, and smoothies.  Summer is upon us here on the Texas Gulf Coast, so a mango smoothie is a wonderfully cool, refreshing breakfast.  This week I made them with some mint, kiwi, and blueberries added.  Yum!

Summer Smoothies

1 cup Greek Yogurt, plain

2 mangos, pitted, peeled and cubed

2 kiwi

1/2 cup blueberries

1 sprig of mint leaves, plus extra for garnish

Mix all ingredients in blender, adding a few ice cubes for extra chill.  Pour into 2 tall glasses, garnish with mint and peach or mango slice.