“Peachy Pie” Smoothie

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Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing, fruity smoothie? They make a great quick breakfast or treat for any time of day! With summer underway fresh peaches will be at their peak in July and August so why not grab a bushel and make yourself some yummy smoothies to start off your day?

I like to double or triple this recipe when I make it so that I have leftovers. You can freeze the remaining smoothie mixture in a resealable bag and the next time you are in the mood for a smoothie, you’ll just need to add some of the frozen smoothie mix to your blender along with a little extra milk and blend. Easy peasy! I also like to use the leftover smoothie mixture to make Smoothie “Monster” Pops for my kids. It’s a healthier alternative to store-bought frozen pops and they love the creamy texture. I love that I can sneak in all kinds of healthy fruits without them even knowing.

This recipe is really nice because you can play around with the fruit combinations and spices to achieve whatever flavor profile you’re looking for. Another favorite smoothie concoction that I love is pineapple with a little shredded coconut and a splash of coconut extract. It tastes like a delicious virgin Piña Colada! Lemon Strawberry and Banana Berry are other really nice combinations to try. Creating your own smoothie flavor is easy, just keep the base ingredients of yogurt and milk the same and then throw in whatever fruit and spices you desire. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen peaches, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored lowfat yogurt

Instructions

Pour the milk into the blender along with the yogurt, vanilla extract and spices. Add the frozen peaches last. Blend until smooth. Serve cold.

**Tip – I use a little bit of Truvia® (stevia) to sweeten my smoothies. You can use granulated sugar, agave, honey or not use anything at all.**

Homemade Yogurt Smoothie

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My kids love yogurt smoothies but I hate all of the sugar and additives in the store-bought ones so I decided to make my own version at home. All you need is some milk, yogurt, sweetener (optional) and fresh fruit of your choosing. I used a little bit of honey to sweeten the smoothies but you can use maple syrup, granulated sugar, Truvia® or just leave it out all together. Another nice way to add additional flavor is through the use of extracts. Some good ones to try are vanilla, coconut, almond or even chocolate! Try combining different fruits as well for even more yummy flavor.

Some are my favorite smoothie concoctions are fresh pineapple with a little shredded coconut, apples with warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and fresh strawberries with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Turn these smoothies into a frosty treat by adding crushed ice and blending OR by freezing them into popsicles!

Store the smoothies in a clean, airtight bottle. I like to use large, clear glass bottles which are readily available at craft stores. Mason jars also make great vessels for storage as well as super cute drinking glasses. The yogurt smoothies will keep for about 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla flavored yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped fruit
  • 2 tbs sweetener such as maple syrup or honey (optional)

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on medium-low until well combined and smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour. Shake well before serving.

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

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There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold, freshly squeezed lemonade. This recipe is top notch and has been my favorite for years. In fact, it’s so good that I literally cannot drink store bought lemonades anymore. Prepackaged lemonades are overly tart (almost bitter) and very syrupy which is not refreshing at all. This version is so light and crisp and has the perfect balance of lemons and sugar. It also makes a nice big batch so if you don’t have a good sized pitcher, feel free to halve the recipe.

To get the most juice from your lemons make sure they are ripe and give them a nice firm roll on the counter before cutting. To release even more juice, microwave the lemons for 10-20 seconds, let cool for a minute, and then cut. Be sure to remove any pits that fall into the lemon juice before mixing with the other lemonade ingredients.

Ingredients

For the simple syrup

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water

For the lemonade

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10-12 lemons depending on size)
  • 1 gallon cold water

Instructions

Make the simple syrup by bringing 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water to a boil, lower the heat and cook until the sugar dissolves. About 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Juice enough lemons to make 2 cups of fresh lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice into a large pitcher then add a gallon of cold water and the cooled simple syrup. Stir until combined. Serve over ice.