Rise 'n Shine

When August heat has you sweating before you get out of bed in the morning, it might be time to consider a cool and easy breakfast that will keep you and your kitchen cool.

Enter smoothies. Smoothies are blended drinks consisting of fruit, yogurt and often another liquid to aid in blending. I love them because they are easy to put together, healthy and even a great option for breakfast on the go. People often ask me for my smoothie recipe and, honestly, I had to think hard about it. It's not really a recipe ... more of a formula that goes into making one. It takes a cup of fruit (often frozen), some yogurt and maybe a flavoring or two, and a bit of liquid to help the blender do its magic. In 5 minutes ... often less ... you have a healthy way to start your day. And no sweat equity required!

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No Fuss Smoothies

Fruit (1 cup of any combination of the following)
  • Sliced fresh or frozen banana
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen peaches
  • Frozen mango
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen blackberries
  • 6 oz. plain or flavored low or non fat yogurt
  • 1 T. honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or other extract (optional)
  • 1 T. toasted wheat germ (optional)
Liquids (choose one of the following)
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. skim milk
  • 1/2 c. pineapple juice

In the pitcher of a blender, combine all of your chosen ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes