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Shake Up your Summer Snacking

Making cold, fruity drinks is an easy and healthy summertime activity for littles to teens

Watermelon Refresher Smoothie

·         2 cups frozen watermelon chunks

·         2 ripe bananas

·         1 cup raspberry yogurt

·         1 cup apple cider or apple juice

·         2–4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

·         2 cups ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 1–2 minutes, adding more juice if too thick, until all ingredients are smoothly pureed and blended. Garnish with watermelon shapes cut with mini cookie cutters on a decorative paper straw, if desired. Makes two large or four small servings.

Blueberry Pie Smoothie

·         2 cups frozen blueberries

·         2 ripe bananas

·         1 cup vanilla yogurt

·         1 cup milk (dairy, almond, oat, etc.)

·         ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste

·         2–4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

·         2 cups ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 1–2 minutes, adding more milk if too thick, until all ingredients are smoothly pureed and blended. Garnish with additional blueberries on a decorative toothpick and a paper cocktail umbrella, if desired. Makes two large or four small servings.

Strawberry Splash Smoothie

·         2 cups frozen strawberries

·         2 ripe bananas

·         1 cup strawberry yogurt

·         ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, oat, etc.)

·         ½ cup cran-raspberry juice

·         2–4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

          2 cups ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 1–2 minutes, adding more milk/juice if too thick, until all ingredients are smoothly pureed and blended. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, and add a paper cocktail umbrella, if desired. Makes two large or four small servings.

Peach Cobbler Smoothie

·         2 cups frozen sliced peaches

·         2 ripe bananas

·         1 cup vanilla yogurt

·         1 cup milk (dairy, almond, oat, etc.)

·         2–4 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

·         ½ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste

·         2 cups ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 1–2 minutes, adding more milk if too thick, until all ingredients are smoothly pureed and blended. Garnish with a fresh peach slice and a sprig of mint, if desired. Makes two large or four small servings.

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