Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tropical Fruit Smoothie (part I)

Over the past 2 weeks I have featured here basic smoothie recipes just apt for this
summer. The heat these days is just excruciating and taking a glass of smoothie each with nutritional value surely helps you chill. The following smoothie recipes I am going to share are all tropical fruit flavored and are readily available this summer.I make my smoothie every morning just right before I take my jog and my regular work out. It is truly refreshing not to mention its rich in Vitamin C help strengthen your immune system.

Slushy Sweet lemon milkshake
6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
sugar to taste, the lesser the better (not to exceed 1/4 cup... it would make your smoothie tastes like melted candy)
10 to 12 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in an electric blender at high speed for about 30 seconds, until smooth. Serve immediately.

NOTE: to produce a more smooth and savory smoothies, blend first the solid ingredients, add water, then add ice cube one at time and until crushed. Increase blender speed to high for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Mango Banana smoothie
1 cup frozen mango
1 frozen banana
SUgar to taste
Vanilla extract

Blend until smooth.

Mango Papaya Smoothie
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped coarse
1 papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped coarse
2 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice plus 4 lime slices for garnish
3 tablespoons honey, or to taste
1/4 teaspoons almond extract or flavoring
10 ice cubes

Blend mango, papaya, yogurt, juice, honey, almond extract at slow speed, and water
Increase blender speed and add ice cubes in batches until the mixture is smooth enough.
If texture is too thick, add another batch of ice cubes to thin the smoothie. Add enough to desired consistency.
Serve immediately



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