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3 Delicious Summer Smoothies

Cool down with these go-to energy snacks
By John Bäck
Published: August 1, 2012
Bedazzled berry smoothie
Food styling and photo by John & Tanya Bäck
Bedazzled Berry Smoothie
Makes 2–4 smoothies.

1½   cups cranberry juice
¾     cup grape juice
1      cup strawberries, frozen or fresh
1      cup blueberries, fresh
1      cup blackberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen
1      cup watermelon, fresh chunks with seeds removed
1      banana, frozen

Puree juices, strawberries and blueberries until smooth. Add remaining fruit one at a time, and puree. If too thick, add juice.
green machine smoothie
Food styling and photo by John & Tanya Bäck
Green Machine Smoothie
Makes 2–4 smoothies.

1     small cucumber, peeled, seeded and cubed
2     pears, peeled and cubed
1     cup cantaloupe or other melon, cubed
½    cup water
2     cups fresh baby spinach
1     cup ice

Place cucumber, pears, melon and water into blender, and puree until smooth. Place spinach into blender and puree. Add ice, and puree to thicken.
blue-raspberry smoothie
Food styling and photo by John & Tanya Bäck
Blue-Raspberry Smoothie
Makes 2–4 smoothies.

¾    cup cold orange juice
⅓    cup pineapple juice
2     cups raspberry yogurt
1½  cups blueberries, frozen
½    cup strawberries, frozen

Blend juices, yogurt and berries in blender until smooth.
Seed, cut, bag and freeze your favorite fresh fruit in advance (yes, even bananas) so you'll be prepared when you get the frozen smoothie urge!

Freeze cubes of orange, grape and other fruit juices to use in your smoothie recipes. They'll add texture and taste!

If smoothies are too thick, add liquids, such as water, juice or coconut milk. If they're too thin, add ice, yogurt or frozen banana.

Add veggies! Carrots, spinach and leafy greens go well with fruits. They enhance the sweetness of the smoothie and add to the health benefits without adding a powerful taste. Not ready for the veggie leap? Use juices that are a mix of fruit and veggies, instead of the usual fruit juices.
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