trio of fruit smoothies

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For the past year or so, I’ve grown to love fruit smoothies.  I don’t go overboard with the ingredients either.  The way I see it, if I have a way to get fruit, juice, and yogurt in my belly before 10am, that’s 100% A-okay.  I have these smoothies pretty regularly for breakfast, and I also love to have them as a post-workout “snack”.

I also love making smoothies because it’s pretty impossible to mess it up.  Pretty much any and all combinations work.  Whatever juice, fruit, or yogurt I have in the house, I can throw it in the blender and (somehow) it always comes out delicious.  Today I’m sharing three (yes, three!) different smoothies.  But again, use these recipes as just a base – feel free to include, or leave out, whatever fruit you’d like!

Pink Smoothie
(Makes 1-2 servings, easily multiplied)

1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup non-fat yogurt (I typically use vanilla, strawberry or blueberry yogurt)
3-4 large strawberries
1 banana
1/2 apple, peeled and seeds removed
5 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and pulse for 45 seconds, or until smooth.  Refrigerate before serving.  If any separation occurs, mix with a smooth or pulse for 10 seconds.

Yellow Smoothie
(Makes 1-2 servings, easily multiplied)

1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup green grapes
1 cup honeydew chunks
1 cup cantaloupe chunks
5 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and pulse for 45 seconds, or until smooth.  Refrigerate before serving.  If any separation occurs, mix with a smooth or pulse for 10 seconds.

Green Smoothie
(Makes 1-2 servings, easily multiplied)

1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup green grapes
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 banana
2 cups spinach, lightly packed
5 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and pulse for 45 seconds, or until smooth.  Refrigerate before serving.  If any separation occurs, mix with a smooth or pulse for 10 seconds.

smoothie on,
Sharon

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sunday funday: frozen strawberry margaritas

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We’ve been getting really lucky with the weather lately.  Especially on the weekends.  Which may explain the lack of blog posts lately.  I mean, can you blame us?  We’ve been getting out of the house as much as possible to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  Beach.  Waterfalls.  Family. Going into Philly.  It’s been really refreshing, but so tiring.  Every sunday I find myself completely exhausted.

Which brings me to this Sunday Funday recipe!  There is nothing better than putting together this margarita and drinking it out on the porch with a book.  This boozy drink is refreshing, and sweet, with just the right amount of alcohol.  Shirley and I have made this drink together so many times.  From the beach, to dinner outside, there is always room for this drink!

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
(Makes one serving, yet easily doubled or quadrupled)

1 cup ice
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces lime juice
2 1/2 ounces strawberry simple syrup (recipe follows)
Fresh strawberries, for garnish
Lime wedge, for the rim
Sugar, for the rim

With a small lime wedge, rim the ridge of your margarita glass with a lime.  This will allow the sugar to stick to the rim of the glass.  On a small, flat plate, add a thin layer of sugar.  Dip the margarita glasses in the sugar.  Put to the side.

In a blender, combine the ice, Grand Marnier, Tequila, lime juice, and strawberry simple syrup.  Blend at the highest speed until the drink is almost smooth, about 30 seconds.  If the mixture is too thin, add more ice and blend once again.  Pour into the glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups diced, fresh strawberries

Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and let the sugar dissolve completely.  Take the mixture off the heat and let cool completely.  This is the simple syrup.  Next, combine 1 cup of the cooled simple syrup and 1 1/2 cups of diced strawberries in a blender and blend until combined.

– drink on,
Sharon

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sunday funday: boozy bailey’s milkshakes

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First of all, happy Summer!  The sun is out, the humidity is high, and I am cooped up in the apartment with the AC blasting.  The dishes are washed, the clothes are folded, and I can’t believe I am saying this, but I’m prepared for the week ahead.  It only felt appropriate to reward myself on this warm Sunday night.  And what better way, than with my favorite drink – Bailey’s Irish Cream.

This milkshake is incredibly simple and so delicious.  Tonight I prepared it with chocolate ice cream and milk chocolate chips, but I’ve had it numerous times with Oreo ice cream and white chocolate chips, and Mint ice cream with white chocolate chips.  I can’t think of an ice cream and chocolate combination that wouldn’t work.  I mean, we are talking about ice cream and booze here.  Nothing fancy about it.

Boozy Bailey’s Milkshakes
(Serves 2)

4 large scoops of ice cream (chocolate, Oreo, or Mint are our favorites)
1 cup milk
½ cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate or white chocolate work great)
2 shots Bailey’s Irish Cream
Milk chocolate shavings, for serving
Homemade whipped cream, for serving (recipe to follow)

In a glass dish, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is smooth.  Let cool to room temperature.

Blend together the ice cream, milk, melted chocolate, and Bailey’s until smooth.  If the shake appears to be too thick, add more milk.  If the shake appears to be too thin, add more ice cream.

Divide the milkshakes amongst two tall glasses.  Top with whipped cream and milk chocolate shavings, and serve with a straw.

Homemade Whipped Cream
(Makes about 2 cups)

1 cup heavy cream, very cold
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

In a chilled deep mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar to the cream.  Beat the mixture once again until the soft peaks return.  Be sure not to overbeat, or you will end up with some sweet butter instead!

– drink on,
Sharon

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