Cold, refreshing and nutritious, smoothies are a great way to soothe a sore throat or just enjoy a warm summer day.
All you need is a blender and an imagination (We sparked our imagination by visiting our local smoothie shops and studying the combos on their menus). Enjoy!
Oh, and check with your nutritionist about your individual requirements. Bananas, for example, have potassium for those on Prednisone, but they are also high in calories too.
- 1 frozen banana (best if cut into one-inch chunks, then frozen)
- 1-3 ice cubes
- 1/2 – 1 cup of fruit
- 1/4 do 1/2 cup of nonfat yogurt or ice milk. (*For an extra-nutritious smoothie, use 1/4 do 1/2 cup of orange juice or soy milk instead)
- Add ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. It’s that easy.
Try these suggestions or make up your own variations:
One cup of any of these easy-to-find fruits: strawberries (hulled), peaches (fresh or canned), apple slices (or juice).
Not-so-easy to find, but worth the effort, are these exotic combos:
- Tangerine and mango nectars
- Mango, papaya, honeydew and cantaloupe
- Peach yogurt with pineapple, orange and banana juice (avail- able premixed in juice section of your local market)
- Kiwi, strawberries and pineapple juice
- Apricots, mango and lemonade
- Papaya, raspberries and any juice
Feeling festive or daring? Add cinnamon and/or nutmeg, cloves, ginger or vanilla. Protein powder and wheat-germ work also.
Don’t forget your veggies! If you have a juicer try this one: Juice from 5 or 6 carrots (2 cups) 1 1/2 do 2 cups of yogurt (plain, vanilla or flavored) 1 banan, fresh or frozen Several mint leaves.
Hot smoothies?! Those having trouble eating regular food can use a blender to make eating any food easier.