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Patriotic Smoothies

Patriotic Smoothies
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Red, white, and blue smoothies filled with creamy goodness will wow your guests on July 4th. Choose ingredients with patriotic punches of color and let the Instagram moments fly as fireworks fill the sky.

 

These basic recipes will help you explore the flavor nuances of fresh herbs (especially mint and basil), spices (cardamom), and extracts (vanilla and almond), as well as liqueurs, and distilled spirits (bourbon, rum are great subs for vanilla or almond extract). Also, freshly grated ginger adds earthy notes, while citrus zest brightens everything.

 

Recipe provided by Heather McPherson from Heather’s Florida Kitchen.

Ingredients

For Summer Strawberry, Raspberry, & Mint Smoothie

 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole, low-fat or skim milk
  • 6 ounces fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped mint, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Ice as needed
 

For Banana, Mango, & Cardamom Smoothie

 
  • 1/2 cup whole, low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 cup  fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh banana slices
  • 1 cup freshly diced mango
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Ice as needed
  • 2 mint sprigs for garnish
 

For the Blues & the Bees Smoothie

 
  • 1/2 cup whole, low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 cup  fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom honey, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • Ice as needed
  • 2 mint sprigs and lemon zest for garnish

Preparation

For Summer Strawberry, Raspberry & Mint Smoothie

 
  1.  In a blender, combine the milk, yogurt and mint. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds.
  2. Add the fruit and vanilla extract. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds.
  3. Add ice a few cubes at a time and pulse to achieve desired consistency.

 

For Banana, Mango & Cardamom Smoothie

 

  1.  In a blender, combine the milk and yogurt and 3 ice cubes. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds.
  2. Add the fruit, vanilla extract, and cardamom. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds.
  3. Add ice a few cubes at a time and pulse to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint.

 

For The Blues & The Bees Smoothie

 
  1. In a blender, combine the milk and yogurt. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds.
  2. Add the fruit, almond extract, and honey. Puree or pulse for 5 seconds. Taste for preferred sweetness and add more honey if needed.
  3. Add ice a few cubes at a time and pulse to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint and a very light sprinkle of lemon zest.

 

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Sweeten naturally with fresh fruit or a judicious drizzle of local honey. In July, Florida mangos, lychees, guavas, and passion fruit are in season.
  • Use fresh fruit juices sparingly as they can add unwanted sugar.
  • Follow the recipe and taste as you add ingredients. Just like in cooked foods, the layering and melding of flavors is important.
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