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Smooth moves: Put natural ingredients into a summer treat

July 26, 2010

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In case you hadn’t noticed it’s hot outside. OK, it’s more than hot, it’s blisteringly nuclear. It’s the kind of weather where you work up a sweat just going out to get your paper in the morning or the mail at night.

So, why not cool down with a nice cold drink and get a serving or two of fruit while you’re at it?

We’re talking about smoothies, the fruit-based cousins of the more decadent ice cream-based milkshake. Their fruity profile means they have a grain of health in them to go along with a lovely taste and refreshingly cool disposition, which is pretty darn smooth, don’t you agree?

So, try a few of the ones we’ve provided or make your own on a hot night. Both your internal temperature and your taste buds will thank you.

Frosty cantaloupe smoothie

Frosty cantaloupe smoothie

Frosty Cantaloupe Smoothie

2 cups cantaloupe chunks

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons sugar or honey

8 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and whir until well-blended. Pour into large, frosty mugs. Serves 2.

— Recipe from the “Rolling Prairie Cookbook” by Nancy O’Connor.

Frosty cantaloupe smoothie, left, and ginger mango smoothie

Frosty cantaloupe smoothie, left, and ginger mango smoothie

Ginger Mango Smoothie

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger (optional)

2 cups frozen mango chunks, partially thawed

Combine almond milk, pineapple juice and gingers in blender or food processor container. Cover; blend until ginger is finely chopped. Add mango, cover; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

— Recipe from www.dole.com.

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie

1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

6 ounces plain nonfat yogurt

3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk, rice milk or almond milk (more or less to taste)

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon agave nectar, or to taste

1/2 cup ice cubes (optional)

Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

— Recipe from www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Get Your Greens Smoothies

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, rice milk or hemp milk

1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach

1 1/2 cups frozen cherries or berries

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

— Recipe from www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Cherry Almond Smoothie

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 (10-ounce) package frozen cherries

1/4 cup creamy raw almond butter

2 tablespoons raw honey

Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

— Recipe from www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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