Refreshing Smoothie Recipes on Food Friday

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Now, for Food Friday!  I mentioned in a recent post that we’d been sampling smoothies lately.  We have a Bosch with a blender that sits on our counter all the time.  Raspberries have arrived on our bushes, summer fruits are sweet, and Minnesota‘s endured a horrendous heat wave!  So, what better time than summertime for cool, refreshing Smoothie Recipes!

What are your favorite flavors to include in smoothies?  Ok, we didn’t follow the recipes exactly.  I have to admit that we added ice cream and frozen yogurt to some of our smoothies!  And, they were yummy!  One of the things I love about Smoothies is that you can add fruits and ingredients that you have in your fridge or freezer, and come up with exciting new recipes!  And, when it’s hot, they are so refreshing. So, get out your blender and whip one up!

Besides the Raspberry Smoothies recipe I shared last week, here are two that we tried this week:

Recipe for Mandarin Berry Cooler
Serves: 4


  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium ripe banana, cut into chunks
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • In a blender, combine the oranges, pineapple,  strawberries and banana; cover and process until blended. Add ice and milk; cover and process until blended. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.
  • We like to chill our glasses by placing them into the freezer for awhile.  If they are heavy glass, you can leave them there overnight, and they’ll be ready for these refreshing smoothies for your family or guests at breakfast!

Nutrition Facts:

3/4 cup equals 137 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 24 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Recipe for Strawberry Banana Smoothies

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, partially thawed (or 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries)
  • 1 medium firm banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 ice cubes


  • In a blender, combine all ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts:

1 cup equals 135 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


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One Reply to “Refreshing Smoothie Recipes on Food Friday”

  1. Now that comments are working again, please touch base with me! What are you doing to keep cool during this hot summer? Got any tips for meals to make on hot days?

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